Detroit Tigers’ home losing streak hits 18 of last 20 with 5-3 loss to Texas
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT — Before the game, Texas manager Chris Woodward said that if Jesse Chavez could pitch efficiently enough, he could last five or six innings.
The right-hander surpassed that.
Chavez pitched into the seventh in his longest outing in over two years, and the Rangers became the latest visiting team to win in Detroit, beating the Tigers 5-3 on Tuesday night. Detroit has lost 18 of its last 20 home games, and that does not include a game last month that was suspended with the Tigers trailing.
Chavez (3-2) allowed an unearned run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven with no walks. The right-hander has pitched mostly in relief this season. This was his fifth start, and he didn’t go more than three innings in any of the previous four.
Ronald Guzman homered for Texas, and Ronny Rodriguez went deep in the ninth inning for Detroit.
Jordan Zimmermann (0-5) allowed three runs in five innings. Detroit has lost five straight and nine of 10.
“No one is going to feel sorry for you,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We know where we’re at right now. We’re not winning ballgames, we’re not hitting, and we’re still making errors. We keep seeing a couple errors a night. We’ve got to get rid of those errors.”
Nomar Mazara opened the scoring for Texas with an RBI single in the first, and Logan Forsythe added a sacrifice fly later that inning. Joey Gallo — back from the injured list after missing over three weeks with a left oblique strain — added an RBI double to make it 3-0 in the third.
Guzman hit a solo homer in the sixth. Detroit answered with a run in the bottom of that inning, when shortstop Elvis Andrus’ throw to first got away for an error.
Guzman hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Rodriguez hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth to make it 5-3.