The Rangers won the series against the Tigers, as the offense once again came to play in a 12-4 victory.
With both teams scoring on infield singles and the game tied up 1-1 in the first, Michael Choice launched a solo homer to left field to give the Rangers a lead that would never fade. Robinson Chirinos had a double in the next at-bat, and then scored on a throwing error by Justin Verlander to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead in the second.
The Tigers scored another run in the second, before the Rangers took control of the game. Back-to-back singles from Mitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre gave the Rangers two runs in the fifth, followed by a two-run triple from Alex Rios. A single from Chirinos score Rios, and the Rangers led 8-2 in the fifth.
The Rangers most interesting run of the day came in the sixth off back-to-back doubles from Elvis Andrus and Moreland. Moreland’s hit was originally ruled a foul ball, but Manager Ron Washington challenged the call. The call was overturned, and Moreland was rewarded with a double as Elvis was sent around the bases.
“I’ll have to take our video guy out to dinner after that one” Moreland said after the game. “But it was nice to use that. I just ran because I didn’t know, and I’m glad they changed it for me.”
Three more runs came in the seventh, as Andrus, Moreland and Beltre each hit a RBI single, followed by two Detroit runs off Robbie Ross.
It was a good start for pitcher Colby Lewis, who gave up only two runs and outshined Tigers' hurler Justin Verlander. Lewis' start was nothing extraordinary, but it was consistent, and exactly what the Rangers needed to secure the victory.
“He gutted it out and he did what he had to do and they rewarded him by putting some runs on the board' said Washington.
After struggling for most of the month of May, the Rangers offense came to life against the Tigers, outscoring Detroit 34-15, and winning three out of four games. With seven games left on the road trip, now is the perfect time for the offensive consistency to continue.
“We’ve been needing a series like this” said Moreland. “We’re running on cylinders. We’re going out and creating opportunities, and cashing them in. If we can keep that up I think we’ll be in a good spot.”
The Rangers now head to Minnesota for a four game series against the Twins. Monday’s game is slated for 1:10 p.m. CT.