DETROIT (AP) -- Alan Trammell is ready for a blowout.
For the third time in five days, his Detroit Tigers pulled off a
late-inning comeback, this time scoring twice in the ninth and once
in the 10th to beat the Texas Rangers 6-5 Thursday.
"I remember when we used to score runs early in games,''
Trammell said with a smile. "I like that better, but I'll take
this. Our last three wins have been nail-biters, but we've got them
in the right column.''Craig Monroe singled home Ivan Rodriguez with the winning run in
the 10th, and Rondell White homered and drove in three runs for
Detroit.After coming from behind to beat Baltimore on Sunday, the Tigers
snapped Texas' nine-game winning streak Wednesday night by scoring
five runs in the seventh."It's easy to win a game when you blow a team out,'' Brandon
Inge said. "But when you win games like this, it really gives you
a boost of confidence. I don't know why it is happening, but I
don't care, as long as they end like this.''The Rangers took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but
Detroit rallied against All-Star closer Francisco Cordero with a
sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Carlos Guillen and a two-out RBI
single by Omar Infante. It was Cordero's third blown save in 19
chances."I've got to do my job,'' said Cordero, who began his career
with the Tigers. "I've got to make my pitches, and today I paid
for it.''With one out in the 10th, Rodriguez doubled off Nick Regilio
(1-2), and Monroe followed with a line single to right. Andres
Torres' throw to the plate appeared to beat Rodriguez, but it
skipped over catcher Rod Barajas' shoulder."We've got to win those games,'' Rangers first baseman Mark
Teixeira said. "But give them credit -- they fought back and they
deserved to win them in the end.''
Ugueth Urbina (1-3) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.
Alfonso Soriano led off with a double, but pinch-hitter Hank
Blalock hit a liner up the middle that rookie shortstop Tony
Giarratano caught and flipped to Infante at second for an
inning-ending double play."This was only Tony's second game, but he looks like he belongs
here,'' said Trammell, probably the best shortstop in Tigers
history. "He knew where to play Blalock -- you tell him something
once and he's like a sponge.''
Rookie right-hander Chris Young gave up three runs in seven
innings for Texas, striking out a career-best eight. Tigers starter
Nate Robertson allowed four runs -- three earned -- in 6 1-3 innings.Texas scored twice in the first. Torres led off with a double,
went to third on Michael Young's single and scored on Teixeira's
single. Kevin Mench hit a potential double-play grounder, but
Infante's throwing error allowed Young to score from second.White's fifth homer made it 2-1 in the second and extended his
career-best hitting streak to 18 games. Detroit then went ahead
with a pair of runs in the third.Nook Logan led off with a disputed infield single. He hit a
grounder between the mound and first, and Teixeira collided with
Chris Young. Logan avoided Teixeira's lunging tag, but replays
showed he also missed first base.Rangers manager Buck Showalter and Teixeira argued, to no avail."First of all, he didn't touch the bag, and second of all, he
was out of the baseline,'' Showalter said. "Take your choice which
way he was out.''Inge walked and both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt.
Dmitri Young struck out, but White hit a two-run single off third
baseman Mark DeRosa's glove.Texas put runners in scoring position in the third, fifth and
sixth. Robertson escaped each time, but the Rangers rallied with
three runs in the seventh.Sandy Alomar led off with a grounder between first and second
that Chris Shelton fielded cleanly but threw away for a single and
an error.Alomar moved up on DeRosa's single and scored on Torres'
sacrifice fly. After Michael Young's single off Franklyn German,
Teixeira's grounder hit first base and bounced over Shelton for a
go-ahead single. Mench made it 5-3 with the second sacrifice fly of
Shelton made his third start at first base in his 30th
career game. His other appearances have all been as a DH or
pinch-hitter. ... Chris Young struck out seven Yankees on April 22.
... Guillen (knee) missed his fourth straight start and sixth in
the last seven games.