Working solo: Tigers' 3 lonely blasts enough to lick Rangers

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers were jumping around in the
rain like Little Leaguers.

Carlos Guillen led off the ninth with a solo home run to give
Detroit a 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

"Obviously everybody was pretty pumped up," said Tigers
manager Jim Leyland, who joined in the celebration. "I was real
happy I know that."

Guillen said he was looking for a fastball and that is what Ron Mahay (1-3) served up.

"Guillen's a good hitter. You make a mistake, he's going to
hurt you," Texas catcher Gerald Laird said. "He did tonight
twice. It just happens."

Guillen, who also homered in the second inning, was greeted at
the plate by his teammates and Leyland.

"It was a very exciting win for us," Guillen said. "I was
just trying to get on base, make something happen."

Marcus Thames tied the score with a solo shot in the seventh for
the slumping Tigers who won for just the sixth time in 19 games.
Detroit, which had a 10-game lead over Chicago and 10 over
Minnesota in the AL Central when play ended Aug. 7, leads the Twins
by only 1 games.

"Marcus came through big time," Leyland said.

Fernando Rodney (7-3) pitched a perfect eighth and ninth to pick
up the win.

Texas' Gary Matthews Jr. hit a tiebreaking single in the top
seventh, but Thames hit his 26th home run of the season in the
bottom half.

"We did tonight what we talked about, we hit the ball out of
the ballpark," Leyland said. "There's no defense for the home

Tigers starter Kenny Rogers gave up two runs and 10 hits in
seven innings for his second straight no-decision after four
straight wins.

Vicente Padilla allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings.
He got out of a two-on, no out jam in the fourth, with an
inning-ending double play. Padilla gave up six earned runs in each
of his last two starts.

"He pitched well enough to win," Rangers manager Buck
Showalter said. "It's tough conditions to pitch in and everybody
had some tough defensive plays in the tough weather."

Wes Littleton gave up a walk to Craig Monroe in the eighth but
he was stranded at first.

Carlos Lee was caught trying to advance to second base on Mark DeRosa's long fly ball to left field in the second inning.

Monroe had three assists -- the most for a Tigers outfielder
since Brandon Inge in April 27, 2004.

The Tigers turned a double play in each of the first three
innings, and Rogers helped his caused defensively when he made a
sliding stop along the first base line to throw out Nelson Cruz at
first in the third.

"What a performance under those conditions," Leyland said.
"That kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win."

Michael Young hit his 13th homer on the year in the fourth for
the Rangers to tie the score at 1.

With two on in the fourth, Hank Blalock singled to left field,
but Monroe threw out Lee at home plate.

Monroe later reached first on a throwing error by Texas third
baseman DeRosa. The replay appeared to show that Mark Teixeira made
the tag. Showalter argued the call with first base umpire Jerry

Game notes
Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya has a sprained right wrist and
won't be available until at least Friday. Team trainer Kevin Rand
said Tuesday that Zumaya has tendinitis. A doctor gave him a
cortisone shot Monday. ... A fan wearing a pair of black shorts,
black sneakers and white socks streaked across the field during the
seventh inning stretch. ... Thames broke an 0-for-16 slump with his
home run.