Rogers, Rangers top Tigers 5-4

After a day off, the Tigers hoped to be rested and ready to take on the Texas Rangers, coming in 11 games over .500. Nate Robertson was taking the mound for the Tigers, after doing well in his 2 previous appearances against the Rangers. This time around though, Robertson didn't fare as well.

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.

Alex Sanchez went 2-for-3 for the Tigers, and Marcus Thames had a 2-run single in the 6th that scored the game-tying runs at the time.

The Tigers, now at 50-56, will try and get the next game on Wednesday night. Scott Erickson, in his first start for the Rangers, will face Jason Johnson at 7:05pm.


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