Nate Robertson just didn't have his best stuff on Tuesday night - and the Tiger offense just couldn't solve Kenny Rogers, at least not to the point where they could out-score the potent Ranger lineup.
Robertson allowed 2 Home Runs in the first 4 innings, and struggled through most of his outing.
But the offense appeared to come to his aide in the bottom of the 6th, scoring 3 runs to tie the score up at 4.
But, surprisingly, a tired Robertson returned to pitch in the 7th inning, despite not having his best stuff on the night and having already thrown over 100 pitches. The result? Not surprisingly, Robertson couldn't get outs, and gave up the go-ahead run, just after the Tigers had chased Kenny Rogers in the 6th.
For the game, Robertson made it 6 2/3 innings, with 5 earned runs and 5 strikeouts. Kenny Rogers took the no-decision for his work; 5 2/3 innings, 4 earned runs, 2 strikeouts.
Both bullpens buckled down and didn't allow another run. Francisco Cordero - the former Tiger, and the only player remaining on the Rangers from the doomed Juan Gonzalez deal - pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 32nd save. Coincidentally, before the game, the Tigers designated Danny Patterson for assignment, who happened to be the Tigers only remaining player that they received from Texas.
The Rangers were led by Mark Teixeira, who had a 3-run Home Run in the 4th inning. Eric Young, making his first ever start at Shortsop, also went 3-for-5 as the leadoff hitter, after Michael Young was a late scratch.