The last time the Rangers had won a game in Detroit at Comerica Park was nearly three years ago. It was only fitting that it would take them 14 innings and nearly five hours to finally snap their 11-game losing streak in Detroit.
Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run in the 14th inning to give the Rangers an 8-6 lead, and Neftali Feliz closed it out for his 25th save, tying him for first in the AL in saves. The Rangers pounded out 19 hits, but only two of them went for extra bases: one in the 1st inning courtesy of an Ian Kinsler two-run homer and then Cruz’s game winner in the 14th.
The unsung hero of tonight’s game was Matt Harrison who pitched four shutout innings and picked up the victory in relief. He worked around four walks but kept the Tigers off the board and allowed for Cruz’s heroics.
Ranger starter Scott Feldman was not very good at all. He only lasted five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, including three home runs. He was staked to a 2-0 lead and a 5-2 lead and couldn’t hold either.
The Rangers were not very good defensively tonight. They committed three errors, including one by Michael Young in the 8th inning which led to the Tigers tying the game at 6 later in the inning.
Josh Hamilton had a huge game, going 4-6 with an RBI, raising his season average to .353. Cruz finished the game at 3-6 with four RBIs. Chris Davis on the other hand was an awful 0-7 and only saw 19 pitches combined in those seven at-bats.
Two miscellaneous incidents from tonight’s game:
- Dustin Nippert only lasted two batters after a scary incident in the sixth inning when he was hit in the head by a line drive. Nippert was taken to a local hospital and a CT scan came back negative.
- Manager Ron Washington was ejected in the 5th inning for arguing balls and strikes. This was his fourth ejection so far in 2010.
The Rangers have now won four of five to begin the second half. Game two of this series will be tomorrow night with first pitch at 6:05 p.m. CT on FSSWHD and 105.3 The Fan. Tommy Hunter (6-0, 2.39) will toe the rubber for the Rangers against Armando Galarraga (3-2, 4.45) for the Tigers.