Tigers take series behind Robertson, win 5-3

Do whatever you want with Nate Robertson, just don't pitch him against the Anaheim Angels. He's looked impressive in every outing, except in his 2 starts vs. Anaheim. This trend continued Sunday afternoon, as Robertson shut down the Rangers potent lineup, and received enough run support to convert the solid outing into a 'W', returning the Tigers to within one game of .500.

Apparently, Nate Robertson has some issues with the Anaheim Angels. He has made 8 appearances thusfar this season, and 6 of them have been very good. The other 2 have come against the Angels (which were coincidentally his last 2 starts). While some worried Robertson was losing it after a quick start, he came out and proved doubters wrong, shutting down the Rangers potent lineup. Robertson took the win pitching 7 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits while striking out 7. Ugueth Urbina pitched a scoreless 9th inning for his 4th save of the season.

Opposite Robertson was Kenny Rogers, who had a solid outing as well, just not quite as good as Robertson's. He also went 7 2/3 innings and struck out 7, however, he allowed 5 runs and for it took the loss. Rogers had a lead for a good portion of the game, but allowed a run in the 4th, 5th and 6th to allow the game to become tied up, and then lost the lead on Alex Sanchez's go-ahead home run.

Besides Sanchez's home run that proved to be the game winner, OF Rondell White had a solid day, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Greg Norton also launched his 2nd home run of the season, to pull his average up to .122. SS Carlos Guillen scored a pair of runs and drove in a run as well.

In the other dugout, there weren't many notable offensive stars. On Saturday night the top 4 in the order were responsible for the majority of the Rangers run production, but on Sunday, it was the bottom of the lineup that provided the scoring. OF Brian Jordan, OF Eric Young and C Rod Barajas each drove in a run.

With the win, the Tigers have improved back to within a game of the .500 mark. The Tigers will be off on Monday before taking on yet another AL West foe, this time the Oakland Athletics visit the CoPa for a 3-game set. In the opener, righty Jason Johnson is set to face lefty Barry Zito. First pitch is on schedule for 7:05pm.

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