Swept away - Rangers beat Tigers again 2-1

Apparently, the Texas Rangers have the Tigers number. The Rangers completed a 3-game sweep of the Tigers on Thursday afternoon, despite a solid start from Wilfredo Ledezma. It was a series of not being able to keep up - as the Rangers always seemed to be a step ahead of the Tigers, and every time the Tigers made a push to get close, the Rangers responded.

Wilfredo Ledezma won't be going very late into games this season with the Tigers - mostly because of a strict inning limit that Bob Cluck wants to keep him on.

But his short outing didn't stop him from giving the Tigers a chance to win on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. Ledezma pitched 5 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits with 3 strikeouts.

But once again the bullpen wasn't able to hold on, as Esteban Yan gave up a Home Run in the 6th inning, giving Texas all the scoring they would need to put down the Tigers for a 3rd straight game. Yan took the loss to fall to 1-3 on the year.

Ryan Drese on the other hand got the win, pitching 6 innings of 1-run baseball, giving up 6 hits and striking out 4. Francisco Cordero got another save against his former team, pitching a scoreles 9th for his 33rd save.

At the plate, Ivan Rodriguez broke out of a slump with a 2-for-4 game, including the team's lone RBI. Omar Infante also went 2-for-4, while Eric Munson also broke out of his own slump, going 2-for-2 with a walk.

Alfonso Soriano was the star for the Rangers, going 3-for-4 with a solo Home Run in the 6th, which proved to be the game winning run.

The Tigers, who are now back at 8 games under .500, now host Boston for a 3-game series. Friday will see Mike Maroth take on native Michigander Derek Lowe at 7:05pm at Comerica Park.

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