It was a tie ballgame headed to the seventh, where the Tigers offense came to play, defeating the Texas Rangers 8-2.
The Tigers powerful seventh inning started with a double for Victor Martinez. J.D Martinez was the next up to bat, and hit a 408 foot blast off Colby Lewis to center field. Lewis gave up a single to Austin Jackson, before being replaced by submariner Ben Rowen. Rowen allowed a single to Alex Avila allowing Jackson to score, and taking away the quality start for Lewis. A double to Eugenio Suarez, single to Rajai Davis, and intentional walk to Miguel Cabrera would end Rowen’s day. Shawn Tolleson would come in and walk V.Martinez with the bases loaded, giving the Tiger their final run of the inning.
Detroit acquired their first run of the day, when former Ranger Ian Kinsler returned to his old stomping grounds by hitting a solo homer off Lewis in his first at bat. It wasn’t the first time the Rangers faced Kinsler this year, but was the first time Kinsler returned to Globe Life Park. As Kinsler ran the bases, he waved at his former teammates, something they consider to be unfortunate.
“I’m not going to sit here and bad mouth Kins, because I really like him and enjoyed my time playing with him” said Lewis. “Disappointed, is the word I need to use. That’s all.”
Despite earning the loss, Lewis had his longest outing of the year, and was one run away from earning his first quality start since June 2012. It wasn’t the best start, but it was better than his others, and Lewis believes it’s something he can learn from.
“I felt like I really located tonight, and it’s one of those nights I can build off of” said Lewis. “It’s one of those nights where you’ve got to keep it close, and they came out on top.”
Adrian Beltre would tie the game up for the Rangers with a RBI single in the third. Daniel Robertson singled, was advanced to second on an error by Suarez, and third on a fielder’s choice from Shin-Soo Choo, before scoring on Beltre’s single.
Beltre had four hits for the night, but his first single in the second could be considered the most special. Beltre reached a career milestone with his 2,500th hit, becoming one of four current players to achieve such a feat.
An additional run for the Rangers came in the ninth when a single from Rougned Odor was followed by a RBI double from Leonys Martin.
Recently, the offense has struggled to score, while the pitching has struggled to shut down the opponent. A lot has gone wrong for the Rangers, and they know they have to keep fighting and try to get out of this funk.
“It’s just not getting the job done right now, we can’t seem to put anything together” said manager Ron Washington. “We’ll just have to keep battling.”
The Rangers look to snap a six-game losing streak Wednesday night, with Joe Saunders on the mound. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.