Murphy, Rangers outslug Tigers

11:12 PM, May 19, 2013   |    comments
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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 tries.

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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