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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.