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Detroit 7, Texas 4

8/13/2003

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Wins have been rare for the Detroit
Tigers this season. Comeback victories have been even harder to
come by.

Jeremy Bonderman pitched seven solid innings and Brandon Inge
had three RBI as the Tigers spoiled the major league debut of
Texas starter Juan Dominguez with a 7-4 victory over the Rangers on
Tuesday night.

Carlos Pena and Craig Monroe hit consecutive homers in the fifth
inning, helping Detroit win after trailing by three runs for the
first time all season.

"When we were down three, things weren't looking too good,"
Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "But we changed the momentum
and we haven't done that much all year. We're usually the ones
giving up the leads, so it was nice to do it to somebody else."

The Tigers won for the sixth time in 20 games overall.

Bonderman (6-15) allowed three runs and four hits, winning for
the fourth time in six decisions. The 20-year-old right-hander, who
struck out two and walked three, had lost nine straight decisions
before this successful stretch.

"I'm just trying to do my part, to give us a chance to win,"
Bonderman said. "Wins and losses, sometimes you can't control
that, but that's what the big leagues are all about. I think next
year it's going to be a totally different season for us. That's
when we start to turn it around."

Chris Mears allowed a run in the eighth, and Danny Patterson got
three straight outs for his second save.

Inge, who started the night hitting .170, went 2-for-4 with an
RBI double and a two-run single.

Alex Rodriguez had two stolen bases and went 3-for-4 for the
Rangers, who have won seven of 11 games in August and are 25-20
since June 24. Rodriguez is batting .430 (37-for-86) with nine
homers, 19 RBI and eight stolen bases in his last 24 games.

Dominguez (0-1) shut out the Tigers on two hits over the first
four innings and took a 3-0 lead into the fifth, but Detroit broke
through with a four-run fifth inning.

Dominguez dominated the Tigers early mostly with a fastball that
peaked in the mid-90s, and kept them off-balance with an occasional
changeup.

"It's the biggest jump in pro sports," Rangers manager Buck
Showalter said. "He showed he has a chance to have success at this
level."

After Pena and Monroe opened the fifth with homers, Shane Halter
singled and scored on Inge's double to tie it at 3. Ramon Santiago
reached on a bunt single and, after Alex Sanchez struck out, Warren
Morris hit a sacrifice fly to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead and end
Dominguez's outing.

"It was different from the minors," Dominguez said through an
interpreter. "Hitters adjust quickly and I try to do what I need
to do. It's my first outing. I'll try to make some adjustments."

The 23-year-old Dominican allowed four runs and seven hits over
4 2-3 innings. The Rangers said they'll be careful not to
overextend Dominguez, who had already thrown 131 1-3 innings in the
minors this season. He was lifted after 68 pitches, which Dominguez
wasn't expecting.

"He's used to being there in the seventh or eighth inning,"
Showalter said. "I think he was surprised when I went out there."

Dominguez went 10-0 with a 2.87 ERA in stops at Class-A,
Double-A and Triple-A this season. His contract was purchased from
Triple-A Oklahoma earlier in the day.

In the fourth, the Rangers loaded the bases with the help of an
error by the Tigers. Rodriguez walked and stole second, Rafael
Palmeiro walked and Mark Teixeira reached when Pena booted an easy
grounder at first for an error.

Shane Spencer's bases-loaded walk, Laynce Nix's sacrifice fly
and Einar Diaz's RBI groundout made it 3-0 before the Tigers
started their comeback.

"All of a sudden, something happens and he (Dominguez) lost
it," Trammell said. "We popped a couple (homers). Young
(pitchers) start thinking too much. That's what we've been seeing
here for four months. But this is the big leagues and this is what
happens."

Detroit extended its lead to 7-3 in the sixth on Halter's RBI
single and Inge's two-run single, both off Jay Powell.

Texas moved within three in the eighth when Rodriguez doubled,
went to third on a fly ball and scored on Teixeira's groundout.

Game notes
Detroit hit consecutive homers in the same inning for the
third time this season. It was Pena's 11th of the year and Monroe's
14th. ... The Tigers' five straight hits in the fifth matched a
season high. ... Dominguez struck out four and didn't issue a walk.
... Inge is 8-for-19 since he was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on
Aug. 6.