ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers put Saturday night's
meltdown behind them.
Alex Sanchez hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and
Nate Robertson allowed three hits in seven-plus innings, leading
the Tigers past the Texas Rangers 5-3 on Sunday.The teams combined for 32 hits in Texas' 16-15 victory in 10
innings on Saturday. In that game, the Tigers squandered a 10-run
lead in the greatest comeback in Rangers history with the teams
combining for a major league-record 18 runs in the fifth inning."Emotionally, we were spent," Tigers manager Alan Trammell
said. "It was an incredible game last night. Today we found a way
to go out as professionals. We were really prepared."Detroit got back on track, taking two of three games from Texas
after beginning the series on a four-game losing skid."Two big wins, that says a lot about this club," said Trammell
after Detroit evened its road record at 8-8. "We're not a finished
product, we know that, but we went out and played a solid game to
win the series."The Rangers appeared to be dragging for much of the afternoon,
managing a season-low three hits."Last night, (the Rangers) battled back to win that game, but
it probably took a little out of us," Rangers starter Kenny Rogers
said. "We've been swinging the bats better than we did today.
Emotionally, it may have taken too much out of everybody for us to
push a few runs across."With Sunday's game tied at 3, Sanchez's two-out solo homer off
Rogers gave the Tigers their first lead. Rondell White, who had two
RBI, added a run-scoring single off Jeff Nelson.Sanchez lifted the ball high and it sailed into the right-field
stands with the help of a stiff breeze for his second homer of the
season."I made one bad pitch and he got it up in the air," Rogers
said. "That's about all you had to do today to hit a homer."Robertson (2-2) gave up three runs, struck out seven and walked
two in 7 2/3 innings, the second-longest outing of his career.
Ugueth Urbina got three outs for his fourth save in as many
chances."That's probably as good a game as we've had pitched against
us," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said.After falling behind 2-0 in the second inning, Robertson was
able to keep the Tigers close. He retired 13 of the final 14 he
faced."I got really aggressive early, was able to get ahead in counts
and change speeds," Robertson said. "These guys are incredible
hitters. If you stay in the same zone, they're eventually going to
get you."Greg Norton homered and Carlos Guillen added two doubles for the
Tigers, who had six hits.Both bullpens were overextended from Saturday night when each
team used six relievers, and both of Sunday's starters pitched into
the eighth inning.Rogers (4-2) gave up five runs and five hits over 7 2/3 innings.
He struck out seven and walked two.Texas took a 2-0 lead on Brian Jordan's RBI double and Rod
Barajas' run-scoring single in the second. Both runs were unearned
because Guillen's throwing error from shortstop allowed Herbert
Perry to reach first leading off the inning.White's RBI single in the fourth made it 2-1, snapping Rogers'
streak of 21 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run at
home.Kevin Mench's sacrifice fly in the fourth extended Texas' lead
to 3-1.Norton's solo homer in the fifth pulled Detroit within 3-2.Guillen's RBI groundout in the sixth tied it at 3, but the
Tigers were helped by a throwing error by Rangers first baseman
Mark Teixeira in a rundown with Sanchez.Rogers had Sanchez picked off at first base, but Teixeira's
throw to second was wild, allowing Sanchez to move to third.
Sanchez, who was credited with a stolen base, crossed the plate on
Guillen's grounder to second.
Rogers had won his first three home starts. He went home
before Saturday night's game ended to rest for Sunday's start. ...
Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez got the day off from catching. He was the
DH for the third time this season, and went 0-for-2 with two
strikeouts and two walks. ... Michael Young went 0-for-3 for Texas,
snapping a seven-game hitting streak. Young has been held hitless
just twice in his last 13 games. ... Teixeira has three of Texas'
last four errors.