Detroit Tigers strike early, end Texas Rangers win streak

Posted May 22, 2017

The Texas Rangers have pushed its way back in to the American League playoff picture with a winning streak that had spanned nearly two full weeks. They head into an important series against the Detroit Tigers.

RAYS 9, YANKEES 5: Corey Dickerson homered twice, and the Tampa Bay Rays won their season-high fourth in a row, beating NY in a game that included three hit batters, three ejections and one animated argument.

INDIANS 3, ASTROS 0: Mike Clevinger pitched no-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Andrew Miller and Cody Allen completed the three-hitter to lead Cleveland past Houston.

On the other hand, Tigers offense side will try to get going without injured Cabrera and Victor Martinez, who is on a paternity leave.

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Scott Schebler highlighted a six-run sixth inning with a go-ahead three-run home run, helping Cincinnati rally past Colorado.

With three straight homers in the first inning, Verlander's Detroit Tigers set about ending the Rangers' 10-game winning streak. Texas OF Nomar Mazara was out of the starting lineup Friday.

Jonathan Lucroy homered for the Rangers.

Marlins starter Dan Straily (2-3) did not allow a hit until Enrique Hernandez launched a solo home run with two outs in the fifth.

The way that Darvish is pitching this season along with his recent history against the Tigers is encouraging. Baltimore led 3-0 before J.D. Martinez tied it with his fifth home run in six games.

The Rangers won the Friday opener here 5-3, then on Saturday Detroit scored seven runs in the first three innings on the way to a 9-3 victory.

He's been nowhere near the base-stealing threat he was with the Rangers, when he had 172 stolen bases in his first eight years compared with just 40 during his first four seasons with Detroit. The Tigers have score 204 runs this season season.

Although they were routed, the Rangers only had to use one reliever.

Boyd will certainly need to be better after struggling in each of his last four starts.

Castellanos' three-run homer highlighted Detroit's four-run third.

Riddle went 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Miguel Cabrera followed by putting one in the right-centerfield seats, and J.D. Martinez capped it off by launching his blast to almost the same place.

Nick Martinez (1-2) gave up one unearned run and four hits over five innings, ending an 11-start winless streak that dated to August 5, 2015.

"Typically when he's on the mound and if you're able to get an early lead like that and give him some runs to play with, you're going to see a good game from him". "Hopefully they're all hitting and it makes it a real problem".