Monday, June 6, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Tigers 13, Rangers 7
By Richard Durrett and Travis Brown
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers couldn't stop the bleeding after Colby Lewis gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings, including four home runs, and they lost to the Tigers on Monday, 13-7.
Detroit right fielder Brennan Boesch had a career-best five-hit, five-RBI night, including two home runs off of Lewis.
Rangers put up seven runs on ten hits, including two Nelson Cruz long balls, but couldn't match the Tigers' 13-run, 18-hit attack.
The loss snapped the Rangers' five-game win streak.
* Lewis' issue of allowing home runs was on display Monday. He allowed four long balls in the first three innings, pushing his AL-leading total to 17. Lewis lasted just 3 1/3 innings and gave up nine runs on 10 hits (40 percent of those hits were homers). Lewis' previous season-high in runs allowed was six. He just didn't have much movement and wasn't able to keep the Tigers off-balance.
* Things did not start off well for Lewis. He gave up a single to left to leadoff hitter Austin Jackson and then walked Don Kelly on a 3-2 pitch. Boesch belted a three-run homer to right giving the Tigers an early lead and end the Rangers' team shutout streak at 18 innings.
* Boesch was 0-for-10 with four strikeouts against Lewis before the homer.
* Boesch wasn't finished, either. He tagged a pitch down the right-field line in the third for his first multi-homer game of his career. His two homers combined to go 787 feet. He also had a single in the fourth off Lewis to go 3-for-3 against him.
* Lewis gave up three homers in third, including the leadoff shot from Boesch. Andy Dirks hit his third of the season to right and Alex Avila hit one to straightaway center. The Dirks and Avila homers were wind-aided. The club record for homers allowed in an inning is four by Pat Mahomes on Aug. 17, 2001, vs. Toronto, BTW.
* Lewis nearly joined an exclusive company with four strikeouts in an inning. After throwing a wild pitch on the third strike to Avila, Lewis got Ryan Raburn and Jackson on swinging strikeouts. But Kelly hit a fly out to right to end the inning. Had Lewis struck him out, he would have been the third Ranger with four strikeouts in one inning, joining Bobby Witt (1987) and Charlie Hough (1988).
* Possibly an important night for Ian Kinsler, who went 3-for-4 with a triple and two singles. His 0-for-20 streak ended with a triple in the third as Dirks tried to make a diving catch and it got past him, rolling all the way to the wall. Endy Chavez, who walked, scored on the play. Kinsler scored on Elvis Andrus' tapper as starter Max Scherzer threw to first. Kinsler was caught off third, but as soon as Scherzer threw to get Andrus, he scampered home. Kinsler also had an RBI single in the fourth and another one-bagger in the seventh.
* Cruz has hit safely in 10 games thanks to a two-home run night. His fourth- and eighth-inning two-run shots were his sixth and seventh since returning from the DL on May 23 (14 games). His 459-foot blast in the eighth ranks as the fourth longest hit at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
* Adrian Beltre, who was just 7-for-32 (.219) on the road trip that ended Sunday, had two hits. He was hitting just .204 in his last 13 games before Monday, dropping his average to .247.