Greene sparks Rangers' five-run fifth inning


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Joaquin Benoit can still pitch a
starter's share of innings, even if now he's coming out of the

Benoit pitched five relief innings after a rain delay, and Todd
Greene's two-run homer keyed a five-run fifth inning as the Texas
Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 Monday night.

Benoit (7-5) allowed three runs and six hits in just his third
relief appearance of the season. He was pulled from the rotation to
make room for rookie Juan Dominguez, who makes his major league
debut Tuesday night against the Tigers.

"When you're out of the bullpen, you don't worry so much,"
Benoit said. "As a starter, you think for five days. In relief,
you get your work done faster."

The Rangers are auditioning for spots on next year's pitching
staff, and Benoit's niche has yet to be determined.

"He came in with a little more sense of urgency," Rangers
manager Buck Showalter said. "As a reliever, you don't know how
long you'll be out there. There's more of a sense of finality to
it. He was good. We'll see if it continues and we'll see where it
takes us."

Texas starter John Thomson had to leave the game in the second
inning when a downpour stopped play for nearly two hours. Thomson
had won five of his previous six decisions for the Rangers, who've
won seven of 10 in August as they try to escape the basement in the
AL West.

"We finished last the last three years," Greene said. "When
you're 20 games out, you still have to find things to achieve."

Steve Sparks (0-5) allowed six runs and eight hits over four
innings in relief of Detroit starter Wilfredo Ledezma.

The Rangers loaded the bases with nobody out in the first but
managed only one run against Ledezma on Shane Spencer's sacrifice
fly. Ledezma didn't allow a hit in the inning before the rain ended
his outing.

Detroit tied it at 1 in the third on Ramon Santiago's RBI

Alex Rodriguez's RBI single in the third drove in Michael Young,
who had tripled, to give Texas a 2-1 lead.

Texas then broke the game open with its five-run fifth, aided by
a double error charged to Detroit center fielder Alex Sanchez.

Rodriguez and Spencer singled, and Rodriguez scored on Mark
Teixeira's single. Sanchez failed to pick up the ball cleanly for
one error, allowing Spencer to advance to third, and Spencer scored
when Sanchez's wild throw to third went into the Detroit dugout for
another error.

Marcus Thames added a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1, Jason Jones
walked, and Greene's eighth homer capped the rally.

Eric Munson hit his 18th homer in the seventh off Benoit to make
it 7-3.

In the eighth, Young's RBI single and Rodriguez's run-scoring
groundout completed the scoring.

The Tigers, who had two errors, continued their march toward 100
defeats, going 5-19 since the All-Star break.

"When we give teams extra opportunities, it's tough to win,"
Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "This year is just

Game notes
It was 80 degrees at the first pitch, unseasonably cool for
an August night in north Texas. ... The rain delay was the first
for the Rangers at home this season. The grounds crew removed the
tarp from the infield about 45 minutes after the rain started, but
another downpour began almost immediately and the infield was
covered again. ... Thomson was lifted after 1 2-3 innings, the
shortest outing of his major league career. Thomson's arm stiffened
during the rain delay. He wanted to return but was overruled by
Showalter. ... Munson and Teixeira lead major league rookies with
18 homers each. ... Rodriguez has 15 RBI in his last 11 games.