Texas Rangers finish sweep of Detroit Tigers with 12-6 victory
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas — Elvis Andrus and the Texas Rangers are doing what they have to do if they want to make a push in the crowded AL wild-card race.
Andrus had the go-ahead homer among his four RBIs, Cole Hamels won again despite a shaky outing and the Rangers completed a three-game sweep over the Detroit Tigers with a 12-6 victory Wednesday night.
“I think everybody’s doing their job, we’re having really good at-bats, nobody’s taking anything for granted,” Andrus said.
Andrus snapped a 4-4 tie when he led off the fifth with his 16th homer, a liner that just cleared the 8-foot wall in center off reliever Chad Bell (0-1), the second of eight Tigers pitchers. Andrus added a two-run single an inning later when the Rangers scored four more times.
Ian Kinsler led off the game with a homer for Detroit, then after taking his position at second base in the bottom of the first received an on-field handshake from Angel Hernandez, the longtime umpire who he said should get another job.
“Angel just shook my hand,” Kinsler said, without elaborating, when asked about how the conversation between the two of them and who initiated the handshake.
Asked if was surprised about what happened, Kinsler responded, “No.”
A day after Kinsler’s harsh and extended criticism, Hernandez was working second base for the series finale. Kinsler was ejected from the opener Monday when questioning balls and strikes during the middle of an at-bat while Hernandez worked behind the plate, and the second baseman lashed out the following day.
Joey Gallo homered for the third straight game and AL-high 10th time in 14 games this month. His 35th homer was a towering solo blast estimated at 420 feet in the Texas eighth.
The Tigers twice in the first three innings had two-run leads against Hamels (8-1), who had allowed only one unearned run over 16 innings while winning his first two starts this month. The ace left-hander gave up four runs and eight hits with a season-high five walks in six innings.