David Murphy homers, goes 3 for 5 to lead Rangers over Tigers, 11-4By AP
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Murphy homers to lead Rangers past Tigers
ARLINGTON, Texas — David Murphy had a homer upheld on replay to help the Texas Rangers win their sixth straight game with an 11-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Murphy led off the fourth against Jeremy Bonderman with his 10th homer, but had to wait a few minutes before it was official. His high drive to right field sailed near the foul pole, with the ball finally glancing off the facing of the second deck.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland argued that the ball was foul, but he was overruled after the umpires went to video review.
Murphy had three hits and extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games.
Texas maintained momentum from a three-game weekend sweep of the New York Yankees, increasing its lead in the AL West to nine games over second-place Oakland and reducing its magic number to 10.
Murphy was credited with an RBI for the go-ahead run in the three-run sixth when his ground ball was bobbled for an error by second baseman Will Rhymes, with Elvis Andrus scoring from third to give Texas a 5-4 lead.
Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler added run-scoring singles off Robbie Weinhardt (1-2) later in the inning for a 7-4 advantage.
Michael Young, who went 3 for 5 with three runs scored, added a three-run double in the seventh to extend the lead to 10-4.
Dustin Nippert (4-4) pitched 4 1-3 innings to earn the win.
Rookie Casper Wells had a career-high four hits for Detroit, which loaded the bases in a 1-all game in the third against Derek Holland.
Jhonny Peralta’s sacrifice fly and Wells’ RBI single gave Detroit a 3-1 advantage.
A howling wind continued to give fielders fits, with Cruz commiting a two-base error in right field in the fourth when Ramon Santiago’s fly ball sailed over Cruz’s head.
Scott Sizemore’s single drove in Santiago to make it 4-1.
After Murphy’s homer, Mitch Moreland’s RBI single later in the fourth pulled Texas within 4-3. The Rangers scored the third run of the inning when third baseman Brandon Inge dropped an easy ground ball by Andrus for an error.
Holland allowed four runs — one earned — in four innings.
NOTES: Rangers RHP Neftali Feliz missed the game after the birth of his first child earlier Tuesday. Feliz was with his wife, Karina, in New York City for the arrival of daughter Nerali Lucia. … Kinsler is appealing a one-game suspension for taking part in an on-field celebration after being ejected during a game against the Yankees last Friday night. Kinsler also was fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball along with the suspension that was announced on Tuesday. The penalty was set to take effect for Tuesday night’s game, but Kinsler remained in the lineup because of the appeal. Kinsler joined teammates celebrating a game-ending 13th-inning homer by Cruz, and Kinsler said he thought he’d be allowed to because the game was over. … Detroit RHP Rick Porcello will be replaced by RHP Armando Galarraga for Wednesday night’s start against Texas. Porcello was scratched with a sprained right index finger. … Rangers OF Josh Hamilton took limited batting practice for the first time since the end of August, but the session was shut down due to recurring pain from bruised ribs. Hamilton missed his ninth straight game but still leads the majors with a .361 average. … Gerald Laird was back behind the plate for the Tigers after missing the previous 16 games with back spasms.
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