Series: Game 3 of 4

Texas leads 2-1 (as of 8/19)

Game 1: Thursday, August 17
Game 2: Friday, August 18
Game 3: Saturday, August 19
Game 4: Sunday, August 20

Rangers 3

(64-60, 33-29 away)

Tigers 1

(79-44, 38-21 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 19, 2006

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: R. Tejeda (2-3)

    L: N. Robertson (11-9)

    S: A. Otsuka (24)

    Rangers' Tejeda, four relievers hurl five-hitter vs. Tigers

    DETROIT (AP) -- Robinson Tejeda made an impact in his return from Triple-A.

    Mark Teixeira homered and Tejeda combined with four relievers on a five-hitter as the Texas Rangers defeated the Detroit Tigers 3-1 on Saturday night.

    The Rangers have taken the past two game of a four game series. The Tigers won the first game, on Thursday night. Texas has won eight of its last 11 overall.

    Detroit, meanwhile, has won only three of its last 10.

    Tejeda (2-3), who was recalled from Oklahoma City before the game, allowed one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings.

    "I was really excited about tonight's win," said Tejeda. "It meant a lot to me that I pitched the way they wanted me to."

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Tejeda threw harder than the Tigers expected. Their scouting report said Tejeda's fastball was 89-93 mph, but Detroit's Curtis Granderson said it ranged from 91 to 98.

    "He had just enough movement and just enough deception to keep us behind and missing," said Granderson.

    Texas catcher Gerald Laird also praised Tejeda.

    "He was razor sharp tonight. He looked good even in the bullpen before the game," said Laird. "I wanted to get him through the first inning as quick as possible (Tejeda struck out the side to open the game) to gain his confidence."

    Tejeda was replaced by Rick Bauer with two out in the seventh after surrendering a double to Carlos Guillen. Bauer got out of the inning by getting Ivan Rodriguez on a grounder.

    The Tigers threatened in the eighth, putting two on with one out. Ron Mahay relieved Bauer and struck out pinch-hitter Brent Clevlen. Wes Littleton ended the inning by getting Craig Monroe on a grounder back to the mound.

    Akinori Otsuka worked the ninth for his 25th save.

    Tigers starter Nate Robertson (11-9) allowed one earned run and two hits in eight innings, walking two and striking out three.

    "The thing I can control is what I do on the mound. The pitches I make," said Robertson. " ... We win and lose as a team."

    Tejeda retired the first 13 batters and Robertson set down the first 12 he faced.

    But Teixeira drove Robertson's first pitch of the fifth inning deep into left-field stands, an estimated 418 feet, for his 20th homer.

    "As long as I get a good pitch to hit, I'll hit it," said Teixeira. "Whether it's a walk or a home run, I'll do anything I can to help the team win."

    The Tigers got their first hit with one out in the fifth, when Guillen lined a Tejeda's pitch into right-center.

    The Rangers made it 3-0 with two runs in the sixth. Omar Infante's error at second base on Michael Young's grounder allowed the first run to score and Carlos Lee's sacrifice fly brought in the other run.

    Monroe got the Tigers on the board when he led off the seventh with his 20th homer of the season.

    Game notes

    Texas optioned OF Freddy Guzman to Triple-A Oklahoma to make room on the roster for Tejeda. ... Tigers LHP Mike Maroth was impressive in his third rehab start on Saturday night at Triple-A Toledo. He allowed a hit and an earned run in six innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three.

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