Texas Rangers’ errors help Detroit Tigers win 5-3 on Wednesday
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Baseball Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas — When Miguel Cabrera came on as a pinch-hitter for the Detroit Tigers with the bases loaded and one out in a tie game, he did exactly what the Texas Rangers hoped he would by hitting the ball on the ground.
Things didn’t go as expected after that.
Instead of an inning-ending double play, Cabrera wound up with a go-ahead RBI infield single when the ball deflected off the glove of just-in reliever Joely Rodriguez.
The Tigers went on to a 5-3 victory Wednesday over the Rangers and previously unbeaten All-Star pitcher Kyle Gibson while also overcoming two more homers by slugger Joey Gallo.
“I’ve never seen Miggie run that fast. … That kind of ignited things,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said.
“It’s frustrating because it’s a double play if anybody catches the ball,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said.
With the game tied 2-2 in the
seventh, Gibson walked No. 9 batter Jake Rogers to load the bases after Harold Castro had flared a hit to short left-center. Cabrera then got career hit No. 2,924 before Jonathan Schoop blooped a single over first base that dropped just fair for another run. After that, Robbie Grossman, who had an RBI single in the first, walked with the bases still loaded for one more run.
“Crazy seventh inning,” Gibson said. “Just kind of felt like whenever they threatened, they did so by finding a hole here, blooping the ball in there.”
Kyle Funkhouser (3-0) worked two scoreless innings after starter Casey Mize, the former No. 1 overall pick being limited by the Tigers, allowed the Gallo homers in his four innings.
Gregory Soto, Detroit’s only All-Star pick, got the last six outs for his seventh save in as many chances, including consecutive strikeouts after the four-pitch walk to Gallo.
Jeimer Candelario hit a solo homer for the Tigers, who took two of three games to improve to 4-0-1 in their past five series.