Rangers stretch win streak to nine games

DETROIT (AP) -- Kenny Rogers and Rod Barajas made an adjustment
after Brandon Inge's homer in the first inning Tuesday night.

It worked so well that Rogers went on to allow only two more
hits in seven innings, setting a team record with his sixth win of
the month, and the Texas Rangers stretched their winning streak to
nine games with an 8-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Inge, a right-handed batter, drove a 2-1 pitch into the
right-field stands to tie the game at 1 leading off the bottom of
the first.

"We saw they were really leaning out over the plate, trying to
hit the sinker," said Barajas, the Texas catcher. "We made an

Rogers (7-2) won his seventh consecutive start and lowered his
American League-leading ERA to 1.65. He allowed one run, struck out
a season-high six and walked one. He broke the team record for wins
in May, which he had shared with Rick Helling.

"Rogers is a smart pitcher," Inge said. "When you run into
pitching like that, you take what you can get."

Kevin Mench homered for Texas, which has scored 72 runs during
the longest active winning streak in the majors. It's the Rangers'
longest winning streak since a pair of nine-game streaks during the
1999 season.

Inge also singled in a run for Detroit.

Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez said he suffered a fracture in his
right hand during the game, but expects to continue playing despite
the injury.

Rodriguez was hurt when he was hit by a foul tip in the top of
the ninth inning. Vance Wilson hit for him in the bottom of the

"The X-rays show that I have a fracture," Rodriguez said.
"I'm a tough guy, I'm going to play, no matter what."

He said he would see a doctor on Wednesday.

Tigers manager Alan Trammell said Rodriguez was hit around the
bottom of the thumb in the area near the palm. The team made no
official comment.

"If I can squeeze a bat or throw, I'll play," Rodriguez said.

Detroit starter Mike Maroth (4-5) allowed six runs and nine hits
in 4 2/3 innings.

"I used all of my pitches. I threw a lot of strikes," Maroth
said. "But they were not good strikes. They were up and over the
plate. They're too good a team to do that to."

Mark Teixeira had three hits for Texas, finishing a home run
short of the cycle. He tripled with two outs in the first and came
home on Hank Blalock's double.

Texas took a 4-1 lead in the fourth on Chad Allen's two-run
triple and Barajas' RBI single.

Mench made it 6-1 with his two-run homer with two outs in the
fifth, scoring Teixeira and ending Maroth's night. Texas added two
more in the sixth on Michael Young's RBI single and Teixeira's
run-scoring double.

"We were able to get some guys on base and get big hits,"
Mench said.

He also said the Rangers aren't giving much thought to the
winning streak.

"We just feel we've won tonight, that's it," Mench said. "We
don't ever talk about it. Just another game on the schedule."

Game notes
Tigers SS Carlos Guillen missed his second straight game
with a sore knee. ... Teixeira is 20-for-50 (.400) over his last 12
games. ... The Tigers sent first baseman Carlos Pena to Triple-A
Toledo on Tuesday and replaced him by recalling 1B-DH Chris Shelton
from Toledo. Shelton was in the lineup as the DH. ... Mench has six
home runs in his last 13 games.