Series: Game 3 of 3

Detroit won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, May 7
Game 2: Saturday, May 8
in 10
Game 3: Sunday, May 9

Tigers 5

(15-16, 8-8 away)

Rangers 3

(19-12, 13-6 home)

    2:05 PM ET, May 9, 2004

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: N. Robertson (2-2)

    L: K. Rogers (4-2)

    S: U. Urbina (4)

    Robertson limits Texas to 3 hits in 7 innings

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

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