Saturday, May 18, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 7, Tigers 2
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Justin Grimm had a bounce-back start and Elvis Andrus was 5-for-5 with three runs scored as the Texas Rangers made it two out of three wins over the Detroit Tigers with a 7-2 victory on Saturday night.
Grimm gets it done: Grimm gave up six runs in an inning in a start against the powerful Tigers last June in his second big league start. He was much better at damage control Saturday night against Detroit. Grimm gave up seven hits and had only one perfect inning, but he got big outs when he needed them as the Tigers were 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Grimm ended a personal three-game losing streak after a strong April start in which he was the American League rookie of the month.
Moreland gets to 10: Mitch Moreland reached double figures in home runs almost a month earlier than he did last season with a solo shot to right field to lead off the third inning to give the Rangers a 5-2 lead. Moreland hit his 10th home run on June 15 last season in a game against Houston.
Andrus gets five hits: Andrus became the second Ranger this season to collect five hits in a game. Andrus fell a home run short of the cycle. He had singles in the first and third and eighth innings, a triple in the second and a double in the sixth. He scored three runs and stole two bases. It was a dominant effort from the leadoff spot, in which Andrus was batting in place of the injured Ian Kinsler. It was Andrus' first game with four or more hits since last August.
Tigers miscues help: The Tigers couldn't catch the ball in the second inning. First, Andrus hit a triple off the glove of the running Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter for a triple. David Murphy then hit a tapper in front of the plate that Detroit pitcher Anibal Sanchez threw into right field for an error to make it 3-0 Rangers. Lance Berkman later had an RBI single for a 4-0 lead.
Martin on the run: Andrus wasn't the only Ranger on the run Saturday night. Leonys Martin stole another base, his fourth in four games. Martin is 4-for-6 on stolen-base attempts for the season. He was 1-for-2 with a run scored and also executed a sacrifice bunt.
Up next: The Rangers go for the series win Sunday afternoon as left-hander Derek Holland (3-2, 2.93 ERA) against right-hander Doug Fister (5-1, 3.06 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN TV and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.