Rogers leads Rangers, Tigers fall 6-1

On Saturday afternoon, the Tigers couldn't put any big runs together to help out the pitching performance of Nate Robertson. Numerous times they were able to get threats going, but could never generate runs from the threats, as Kenny Rogers was able to hold off any attempt the Tigers made at making a game of it.

Kenny Rogers got hit, but only enough that it wouldn't hurt. Rogers scattered 8 hits through 6 1/3 innings before handing the game over to the bullpen. The Tigers had runners in scoring position many times, but Rogers was able to work his way out of the jams, and numerous drives to the Outfield were caught on or near the warning track. For his performance, Rogers got the win and improved his record on the season to 5-2.

His counterpart, Tiger lefty Nate Robertson, didn't have an outstanding performance, but nevertheless gave the Tigers a chance. He allowed 3 runs in 5 2/3 innings, but more notably, he struck out 10 batters, a career high. He now has 50 strikeouts for the season, tying him for 2nd place in the AL lead with Pedro Martinez, trailing only Curt Schilling - not bad company for a 26-year old. The bullpen allowed another 3 runs (1 off Steve Colyer, 2 more off Jamie Walker) to put the game out of reach.

The Rangers had a trio of Home Runs that provided most of their scoring. Alfonso Soriano had one off Robertson, then Hank Blalock launched a solo shot off Colyer, and finally Michael Young blasted a 2-run Home Run in the 9th. Rondell White drove in the Tigers lone run on a single - the Tigers would have scored another run before White's at bat, but Rogers caught Carlos Guillen sleeping at first and picked him off - in the next at bat, Brandon Inge hit a long double.

The loss drops the Tigers back to 2 games below .500. Jason Johnson is up next for the Tigers, as he goes up against Ryan Drese, who has been very impressive so far this season. Game time is 1:05pm.

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