After 4 straight losses, the Tigers needed a performance from Jeremy Bonderman like the one they received last Saturday against Seattle, when he went 7 2/3 innings, only allowing a pair of runs to score in the 8th once he tired.
Things were not looking promising on Friday night, after the Rangers put up 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning before Bonderman could even record an out. Luckily, after those 4 runs, Bonderman sat down 14 hitters in a row. He allowed a final run in the 6th (largely due to a Craig Monroe fielding error) before being relieved. For the game, Bonderman went 5 2/3 innings, allowing 5 runs while striking out 5. Jamie Walker and Al Levine pitched next 2 1/3, holding the Rangers scoreless (Levine ended up taking the win). Closer Ugueth Urbina pitched the 9th inning to earn his 3rd save, although he did allow a pair of runs to score to make it close.
Carlos Guillen was the star on offense, going 3-for-4 with 4 RBI including his 3rd home run of the season (he also finished a double short of hitting for the cycle). C Ivan Rodriguez also had a pair of RBI when he belted his 5th homer of the year.
Game 2 of the three game set is slated for Saturday night at 8:05pm. Lefty Mike Maroth is scheduled to go up against R.A. Dickey.