Hot Rangers roll the dice and win

The Rangers' Michael Young delivers a hit in the seventh inning of a 2-0 win against the Tigers. Texas is now 9-1.
The Rangers' Michael Young delivers a hit in the seventh inning of a 2-0 win against the Tigers. Texas is now 9-1.
Posted: April 12, 2011

DETROIT - The Texas Rangers are making all the right moves.

Alexi Ogando outpitched Justin Verlander before leaving with a finger problem, and Texas won with a bold strategy, beating the Detroit Tigers, 2-0, Monday.

Rangers manager Ron Washington chose to have closer Neftali Feliz intentionally walk slugger Miguel Cabrera, putting two on with two out in the ninth inning, to bring four-time all-star Victor Martinez to the plate as the potential winning run.

Martinez grounded out on a 2-0 pitch to end it, validating the decision.

"Had to pick your poison," Washington said. "I didn't want to let Cabrera tie the game."

The defending AL champions improved to 9-1, maintaining the majors' top record and matching the best 10-game start in team history.

Michael Young and Mitch Moreland hit RBI doubles in the seventh inning - giving Ogando enough support - as Texas equaled the start of its 1989 club.

Ogando (2-0) gave up just two hits, walked one, and struck four over seven innings in his second start in the majors. The converted reliever had his outing cut short by fluid under a callus on his right index finger after pitching six scoreless innings last week with a developing blister on the same finger.

Feliz finished for his fourth save in as many chances after retiring two batters and allowing Ryan Raburn to double, bringing up Cabrera.

Verlander (1-1) lost despite pitching a six-hitter. He struck out four and walked one.

Detroit fell to 3-7 after failing to make Washington's gamble backfire.

"That's the good thing about Wash - he goes with what his gut says," Young said. "Fortunately, it worked out."

Rangers 2, Tigers 0

Texas 000 000 200–2 6 0

Detroit 000 000 000–0 4 0

Texas AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Kinsler 2b 4   0   1   0   0   0   .250   

Andrus ss 4   0   0   0   0   1   .188   

Hamilton lf 3   1   1   0   1   2   .316   

A.Beltre 3b 4   0   1   0   0   0   .195   

Mi.Young dh 4   1   2   1   0   0   .293   

N.Cruz rf 4   0   0   0   0   0   .273   

Moreland 1b 3   0   1   1   0   1   .304   

Torrealba c 3   0   0   0   0   0   .241   

Borbon cf 3   0   0   0   0   0   .190   

Totals 32   2   6   2   1   4   

Detroit AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Rhymes 2b 4   0   0   0   0   0   .182   

Boesch lf-rf 3   0   0   0   1   1   .276   

Ordonez rf 3   0   0   0   0   0   .208   

Raburn lf 1   0   1   0   0   0   .261   

Mi.Cabrera 1b 3   0   2   0   1   0   .382   

V.Martinez dh 4   0   0   0   0   1   .225   

Kelly cf 2   0   0   0   0   0   .182   

a-A.Jackson ph-cf 1   0   1   0   0   0   .205   

Jh.Peralta ss 3   0   0   0   0   1   .344   

Avila c 3   0   0   0   0   2   .250   

Inge 3b 3   0   0   0   0   1   .242   

Totals 30   0   4   0   2   6   

a-singled for Kelly in the 8th. LOB: Texas 4, Detroit 5. 2B: Mi.Young (4), Moreland (3), Raburn (3), Mi.Cabrera (2). RBIs: Mi.Young (3), Moreland (3). RLSP: Texas 2 (Torrealba 2); Detroit 2 (V.Martinez 2). GI DP: Andrus. DP: Texas 1 (Andrus, Kinsler); Detroit 1 (Inge, Rhymes, Mi.Cabrera).

Texas IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Ogando (W 2-0) 7   2   0   0   1   4   79   0.00   

Oliver (H 4) 1   1   0   0   0   1   13   1.59   

Feliz (S 4) 1   1   0   0   1   1   24   0.00   

Detroit IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Verlander (L 1-1) 9   6   2   2   1   4   119   3.13   

IBB: off Feliz (Mi.Cabrera). Umpires: Home, Mark Carlson; First, Tim Timmons; Second, Tim Welke; Third, Eric Cooper.

T: 2:19. A: 18,724 (41,255).

Rays 16, Red Sox 5

BOSTON - Sam Fuld went 4 for 6 with a two-run homer, drove in three runs, and fell a single shy of the cycle to help Tampa Bay bust out of an early-season slump with a win over Boston.

Johnny Damon had three hits, including a solo homer, and three RBIs. John Jaso and Reid Brignac also drove in three runs apiece.

Tampa Bay came in hitting a major-league worst .163 and had scored just 20 total runs, the fewest after nine games since the 2003 Detroit Tigers - a team that finished 43-119.

Boston's loss came in Carl Crawford's first game against his former team. Crawford, who spent 12 years in the Rays' organization, went 2 for 5, raising his average to .163.

Tampa Bay 160 113 004–16 20 1

Boston 001 100 111– 5 10 1

Tampa Bay AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Fuld lf 6   3   4   3   0   0   .321   

Damon dh 5   2   3   3   1   1   .189   

Joyce rf 6   1   1   0   0   1   .138   

D.Johnson 1b 4   0   0   0   0   0   .079   

S.Rodriguez 3b 1   0   0   0   0   1   .235   

Zobrist 2b 5   2   3   2   0   1   .205   

B.Upton cf 4   3   3   0   1   0   .343   

F.Lopez 3b 3   1   1   0   1   0   .267   

Kotchman 1b 1   1   1   1   0   0   .167   

Jaso c 5   1   2   3   0   0   .150   

Brignac ss 5   2   2   3   0   0   .227   

Totals 45   16   20   15   3   4   

Boston AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Crawford lf 5   1   2   0   0   0   .163   

Pedroia 2b 3   1   0   0   2   0   .368   

Ad.Gonzalez 1b 2   0   1   1   1   0   .297   

Lowrie 1b 1   1   1   0   1   0   .417   

Youkilis 3b 3   0   1   0   2   0   .167   

Ortiz dh 4   1   2   2   0   0   .282   

J.Drew rf 3   0   1   1   0   0   .308   

D.McDonald rf 2   0   0   0   0   2   .000   

Saltalamacchia c 4   0   0   0   1   2   .154   

Ellsbury cf 4   1   2   1   0   0   .194   

Scutaro ss 4   0   0   0   0   0   .185   

Totals 35   5   10   5   7   4   

E: Brignac (1), Scutaro (1). LOB: Tampa Bay 5, Boston 11. 2B: Fuld 2 (4), Zobrist 2 (4), Jaso 2 (2), Crawford (1), Youkilis (3). 3B: Fuld (1), Ad.Gonzalez (1), Ortiz (1). HR: Damon (2), off Matsuzaka; Fuld (1), off Matsuzaka; Ellsbury (2), off Jo.Peralta. RBIs: Fuld 3 (3), Damon 3 (5), Zobrist 2 (4), Kotchman (1), Jaso 3 (3), Brignac 3 (4), Ad.Gonzalez (7), Ortiz 2 (8), J.Drew (3), Ellsbury (5). SF: Ortiz. RLSP: Tampa Bay 4 (Zobrist, Brignac, F.Lopez, Joyce); Boston 6 (Ortiz 2, Youkilis, Scutaro, D.McDonald, Saltalamacchia). RA: Damon, Joyce, D.Johnson, Ad.Gonzalez. GIDP: Jaso, Scutaro. DP: Tampa Bay 2 (Zobrist, Brignac, Kotchman), (Zobrist, Brignac); Boston 1 (Pedroia, Scutaro, Ad.Gonzalez).

Tampa Bay IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Hellicksn(W 1-1) 51/3   5   2   2   5   1   98   4.09   

A.Russell 11/3   0   1   0   2   0   18   1.93   

C.Ramos 1/3   1   0   0   0   1   7   3.38   

Jo.Peralta 1   2   1   1   0   1   20   3.60   

Farnsworth 1   2   1   1   0   1   22   2.70   

Boston IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Matsuzaka (L 0-2) 2   8   7   7   2   2   47   12.86   

Wakefield 31/3   7   5   5   1   0   64   6.75   

Aceves 22/3   0   0   0   0   2   35   3.18   

Wheeler 1   5   4   4   0   0   26   18.90   

Matsuzaka pitched to 2 batters in the 3rd. IR-S: A.Russell 2-0, C.Ramos 2-1, Wakefield 2-0, Aceves 1-0. PB: Saltalamacchia. Umpires: Home, Tim Tschida; First, Jeff Nelson; Second, Marty Foster; 3d, Bill Welke. T: 3:29. A: 37,568 (37,493).

Athletics 2, White Sox 1

CHICAGO - In a game matching two starting pitchers with perfect games on their resumes, Kurt Suzuki hit a go-ahead home run in the 10th inning, and Oakland capitalized on Juan Pierre's dropped fly ball in the ninth to earn a victory over Chicago.

The White Sox wasted a dominant pitching performance by Mark Buehrle with their second ninth-inning implosion of the season. Buehrle was lifted after eight scoreless innings and 99 pitches. He allowed only three base runners - none past first base. Dallas Braden struck out seven for Oakland.

Matt Thorton came on for the Sox in the ninth and allowed a leadoff double to Andy LaRoche.

One out later, Daric Barton hit a deep fly that Pierre dropped in the left-field corner, allowing pinch-runner Cliff Pennington to easily score from second and tie the score at 1.

Oakland 000 000 001 1–2 5 0

Chicago 000 010 000 0–1 6 1

Oakland AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Crisp cf 4   0   0   0   0   0   .237   

Barton 1b 3   0   0   0   1   0   .200   

C.Jackson rf 4   0   0   0   0   1   .231   

Willingham lf 4   0   1   0   0   0   .243   

M.Ellis 2b 4   0   0   0   0   1   .182   

Matsui dh 4   0   0   0   0   1   .182   

K.Suzuki c 4   1   2   1   0   0   .226   

Kouzmanoff 3b 4   0   1   0   0   1   .182   

An.LaRoche ss 3   0   1   0   0   0   .417   

1-Pennington pr-ss 1   1   0   0   0   0   .160   

Totals 35   2   5   1   1   4   

Chicago AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Pierre lf 5   0   1   0   0   1   .267   

Beckham 2b 4   0   0   0   0   2   .302   

Rios cf 4   0   1   0   0   1   .209   

Konerko 1b 3   0   2   0   1   0   .421   

2-Teahen pr-1b 0   0   0   0   0   0   .429   

Quentin dh 3   0   1   0   1   2   .351   

Al.Ramirez ss 4   0   0   0   0   0   .250   

Morel 3b 4   0   0   0   0   3   .263   

R.Castro c 4   0   0   0   0   2   .222   

Lillibridge rf 3   1   1   1   1   2   .333   

Totals 34   1   6   1   3   13   

1-ran for An.LaRoche in the 9th. 2-ran for Konerko in the 9th. E: Pierre (2). LOB: Oakland 4, Chicago 6. 2B: Kouzmanoff (2), An.LaRoche (3), Quentin (7). HR: K.Suzuki (1), off Crain; Lillibridge (1), off Braden. RBIs: K.Suzuki (2), Lillibridge (2). CS: Pierre (2), Konerko (1). RLSP: Oakland 2 (Willingham, Pennington); Chicago 4 (Al.Ramirez 2, Morel 2). RA: Al.Ramirez. GIDP: C.Jackson. DP: Oakland 1 (K.Suzuki, K.Suzuki, M.Ellis); Chicago 1 (Buehrle, Al.Ramirez, Konerko).

Oakland IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Braden 6   5   1   1   2   7   95   4.15   

T.Ross (W 1-0) 3   1   0   0   1   4   41   0.00   

Fuentes (S 4) 1   0   0   0   0   2   15   3.18   

Chicago IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Buehrle 8   2   0   0   1   1   99   4.26   

Thornton (BS 3) 1/3   1   1   0   0   0   10   2.45   

Crain (L 0-1) 12/3   2   1   1   0   3   23   3.00   

IR-S: Crain 1-0. Umpires: Home, Jerry Meals; First, C.B. Bucknor; Second, Dan Iassogna; Third, Dale Scott. T: 2:37. A: 20,057 (40,615).

 

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