Back on winning track, take down Texas 8-7

Unfortunately, the Tigers didn't receive a shutdown performance from Jeremy Bonderman and company on Friday night. Luckily, the Tiger offense was up to the challenge as they were able to outscore the Texas Rangers 8-7 and end their 4-game losing streak, pulling the team back to within a game of .500.

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.

Joaquin Benoit had a similar outing to Bonderman, going 6 innings while allowing 5 runs and striking out 7. Erasmo Ramirez relieved him, allowed a run and took the loss for Texas.

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.

For Texas, Michael Young led off the bottom half of the first with a home run (his 6th), while OF David Dellucci went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI.

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.

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