Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/12)

Game 1: Monday, August 11
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 12
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Game 3: Wednesday, August 13
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Game 4: Thursday, August 14
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Tigers 7

(31-86, 17-44 away)

Rangers 4

(52-67, 30-30 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 12, 2003

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: J. Bonderman (6-15)

    L: J. Dominguez (0-1)

    S: D. Patterson (2)

    Detroit 7, Texas 4

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Wins have been rare for the Detroit Tigers this season. Comeback victories have been even harder to come by.

    Jeremy Bonderman pitched seven solid innings and Brandon Inge had three RBI as the Tigers spoiled the major league debut of Texas starter Juan Dominguez with a 7-4 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night.

    Carlos Pena and Craig Monroe hit consecutive homers in the fifth inning, helping Detroit win after trailing by three runs for the first time all season.

    "When we were down three, things weren't looking too good," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "But we changed the momentum and we haven't done that much all year. We're usually the ones giving up the leads, so it was nice to do it to somebody else."

    The Tigers won for the sixth time in 20 games overall.

    Bonderman (6-15) allowed three runs and four hits, winning for the fourth time in six decisions. The 20-year-old right-hander, who struck out two and walked three, had lost nine straight decisions before this successful stretch.

    "I'm just trying to do my part, to give us a chance to win," Bonderman said. "Wins and losses, sometimes you can't control that, but that's what the big leagues are all about. I think next year it's going to be a totally different season for us. That's when we start to turn it around."

    Chris Mears allowed a run in the eighth, and Danny Patterson got three straight outs for his second save.

    Inge, who started the night hitting .170, went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a two-run single.

    Alex Rodriguez had two stolen bases and went 3-for-4 for the Rangers, who have won seven of 11 games in August and are 25-20 since June 24. Rodriguez is batting .430 (37-for-86) with nine homers, 19 RBI and eight stolen bases in his last 24 games.

    Dominguez (0-1) shut out the Tigers on two hits over the first four innings and took a 3-0 lead into the fifth, but Detroit broke through with a four-run fifth inning.

    Dominguez dominated the Tigers early mostly with a fastball that peaked in the mid-90s, and kept them off-balance with an occasional changeup.

    "It's the biggest jump in pro sports," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "He showed he has a chance to have success at this level."

    After Pena and Monroe opened the fifth with homers, Shane Halter singled and scored on Inge's double to tie it at 3. Ramon Santiago reached on a bunt single and, after Alex Sanchez struck out, Warren Morris hit a sacrifice fly to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead and end Dominguez's outing.

    "It was different from the minors," Dominguez said through an interpreter. "Hitters adjust quickly and I try to do what I need to do. It's my first outing. I'll try to make some adjustments."

    The 23-year-old Dominican allowed four runs and seven hits over 4 2-3 innings. The Rangers said they'll be careful not to overextend Dominguez, who had already thrown 131 1-3 innings in the minors this season. He was lifted after 68 pitches, which Dominguez wasn't expecting.

    "He's used to being there in the seventh or eighth inning," Showalter said. "I think he was surprised when I went out there."

    Dominguez went 10-0 with a 2.87 ERA in stops at Class-A, Double-A and Triple-A this season. His contract was purchased from Triple-A Oklahoma earlier in the day.

    In the fourth, the Rangers loaded the bases with the help of an error by the Tigers. Rodriguez walked and stole second, Rafael Palmeiro walked and Mark Teixeira reached when Pena booted an easy grounder at first for an error.

    Shane Spencer's bases-loaded walk, Laynce Nix's sacrifice fly and Einar Diaz's RBI groundout made it 3-0 before the Tigers started their comeback.

    "All of a sudden, something happens and he (Dominguez) lost it," Trammell said. "We popped a couple (homers). Young (pitchers) start thinking too much. That's what we've been seeing here for four months. But this is the big leagues and this is what happens."

    Detroit extended its lead to 7-3 in the sixth on Halter's RBI single and Inge's two-run single, both off Jay Powell.

    Texas moved within three in the eighth when Rodriguez doubled, went to third on a fly ball and scored on Teixeira's groundout.

    Game notes


    Detroit hit consecutive homers in the same inning for the third time this season. It was Pena's 11th of the year and Monroe's 14th. ... The Tigers' five straight hits in the fifth matched a season high. ... Dominguez struck out four and didn't issue a walk. ... Inge is 8-for-19 since he was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Aug. 6.

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