Game recap: Two home runs by Miguel Cabrera weren’t enough for the Tigers to beat the Rangers Monday night at Comerica Park in 14 innings. Jeremy Bonderman went 5.1 innings giving up nine hits and five earned runs. Enrique Gonzalez (0-1) took the loss while Matt Harrison (2-1) won for the Rangers.
Ian Kinsler opened the game with a two run homer in the first inning. The Tigers countered in the bottom of the first with a Miguel Cabrera single scoring Johnny Damon. The Tigers took the lead in the second when Alex Avila singled in Brandon Inge.
Texas scored runs in the third to take back the lead. Cabrera hit a home run in the third to make it 5-3. Magglio Ordonez then hit a solo home run in the fifth to tie the game. Cabrera added a second home run to tie the game in the fifth 5-5.
The Rangers took the lead in the seventh, but the Tigers countered with a Johnny Damon single that scored Ramon Santiago.
The score would be tied until the 14th when Nelson Cruz of the Rangers hit a two run homer.
Good news: Miguel Cabrera’s two home runs give him 24 for the year. He was 3 for 4 with two runs and 3 RBI.
Bad news: Tigers dropped their fifth in five games since the All-Star game. Brandon Inge broke his hand.
Tiger tales: Brennan Boesch reached the required number of plate appearances to join the league leaders on July 11 versus the Twins. He entered tonight’s game fifth in the American League with a .329 batting average and .566 slugging percentage while he is 10th with a .387 on-base percentage.
Entering tonight’s game, Jose Valverde has converted each of his last 19 save opportunities for the Tigers, which is tied for seventh-longest such single-season streak in franchise history. He has held opponents scoreless in 36 of his 40 outings this season. Valverde is second among among all American League relievers with a .136 batting average against, while he is third with a 1.13 ERA and 10th win 19 saves.
Next-up: Armando Galarraga (3-2, 4.45 ERA) will face Tommy Hunter (6-0, 2.39 ERA, right-hander). DetroitTigers.com reports that Hunter is the first Rangers pitcher since Esteban Loaiza to win his first six decisions in a season.
Hunter is 15-8 for his career. Hunter was a two-time Olympic judo champion. He also won a gold medal with the 2006 USA National Baseball team.