Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - David Murphy stroked a go-ahead three-run
homer in the sixth and the Texas Rangers won a slugfest, 11-8, over the
Detroit Tigers on Sunday in the finale of a four-game set.
Texas recorded 18 of the 31 total hits for the game, which featured five lead
changes and saw Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera hit three home runs for
just the second time in his career.
Murphy's blast off Jose Ortega (0-1) represented three of the 10 runs scored
for Texas between the fifth and seventh innings, with the left fielder
finishing 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored.
Adrian Beltre had four hits and knocked in a pair of runs, while Lance Berkman
and Mitch Moreland had two RBI apiece to help the Rangers take three of four
in this set and collect their 12th win in 16 games.
Robbie Ross (2-0) tossed a scoreless seventh inning to pick up the win and Joe
Nathan locked down his 13th save in the ninth.
Despite knocking in five runs and going a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate,
Cabrera was unable to keep the Tigers from dropping their eighth contest in 12
Neither starter made it through five innings, with Texas starter Derek Holland
getting tagged for four runs on eight hits and needing 106 pitches to get
through 4 2/3 frames. Detroit's Doug Fister lasted just as long, giving up
five runs on nine hits.
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