Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Texas outslugs Tigers for series opener win

The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers meet Wednesday in Major League Baseball action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Mike Fiers is expected to take the ball for the Tigers in Game 2 of their series against Texas.

Nomar Mazara ripped a home run in the second inning and Shin-Soo Choo and Jurickson Profar had run-scoring hits in the seventh inning to allow the Rangers to complete their comeback and snap a two-game losing streak. To make room for Beltre, the Rangers sent INF Eliezer Alvarez back to Frisco a day after calling him up. He has made six appearances, including five starts, in his career against Texas and has a 0-3 record with an 8.90 ERA.

Detroit has done a good job hitting at the plate this season, but it hasn't amounted to almost enough runs.

Mike Minor is getting the start for Texas today. Minor has won two straight starts and is 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA over his last three outings. Minor has a 4.36 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP this season and has racked up 28 strikeouts with nine walks over 33 innings.

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Fiers struck out five and didn't allow a walk through 5 1/3 innings.

Starter Michael Fulmer did not figure in the decision, giving up five runs on four hits while walking three and striking out seven in five and two third innings.

The Detroit Tigers could use a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games.

Tigers are 6-20 in their last 26 vs. His last came on September 5, 2017, at Comerica Park against Kansas City's Trevor Cahill.

Having some young and relatively unproven talent did not stop the teams from playing a barnburner on Monday as Texas came back from a five-run, sixth-inning deficit to roar to a 7-6 win over Detroit on Monday. A reliever in Kansas City last season after missing two years with shoulder problems, the former Atlanta starter pitched on regular four days' rest for the first time with Texas.

The Rangers delayed posting their lineup for Tuesday night's home game against Detroit, waiting to see how Beltre would get through a pregame workout.

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