Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Detroit won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, June 5
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Game 2: Wednesday, June 6
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Game 3: Thursday, June 7
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Tigers 11

(34-25, 19-14 away)

Rangers 4

(21-39, 12-17 home)

    8:35 PM ET, June 7, 2007

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    DET 126200000 11 17 0
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    W: M. Maroth (4-2)

    L: K. Loe (1-6)

    Sheffield's homer ignites third inning outburst in Tigers' win

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: Gary Sheffield's 405-foot blast into the Rangers' bullpen started a six-run third inning while Curtis Granderson chipped in with two triples and three RBIs in the Tigers' victory.

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    Sheffield

    • Unsung heroes: Sean Casey and Magglio Ordonez were both 3-for-5 and each scored a run.

    • Figure this: Sheffield passed Willie Stargell for 39th on the all-time list with 1,541 RBIs.

    • Figure this II: The Rangers have been outscored 95-48 in the first two innings this season.

    • Quotable: "We have to start making some pitches. We have hit a bad funk. They are not going to stop fighting. We feel bad about it. I'm never going to quit on these guys." -- Rangers manager Ron Washington

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Tigers 11, Rangers 4

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Leadoff hitter Curtis Granderson set the tone for another huge offensive night from the Detroit Tigers.

    Granderson had two triples and three RBIs, and Gary Sheffield homered to ignite a six-run third to lift the Tigers past the reeling Texas Rangers 11-4 Thursday night.

    "Granderson has been doing this all year at the top of the lineup," said first baseman Sean Casey, who had three hits. "Those triples really get the whole offense going."

    Brandon Inge drove in three runs, and Magglio Ordonez had three hits as the Tigers feasted on Rangers pitching for the second straight night.

    The Rangers have the worst record in baseball at 21-39. They have lost 12 of 15 games.

    Texas starter Kameron Loe (1-6) gave up nine runs in 2 2/3 innings and the combined ERA for Rangers' starters climbed to 6.97. This was 18th time this season a Rangers starter has pitched four innings or fewer.

    Manager Ron Washington continues to stay positive despite his team's woes.

    "We have to start making some pitches," Washington said. "We have hit a bad funk. They are not going to stop fighting. We feel bad about it. I'm never going to quit on these guys."

    Sheffield led off the third with his 16th home run of the season to gave Detroit a 4-1 lead. He hit two home runs and had five RBIs in Detroit's 10-0 victory Wednesday.

    After starting 1-4 on a 10-game road trip, the Tigers have won four of five to finish with a 5-5 mark.

    "At start of the trip, people started to say we've got problems," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "But we're capable of winning games. Five-and-five is fine."

    Mike Maroth (4-2) was the beneficiary of Detroit's offensive outburst. He allowed three runs and eight hits over five innings.

    "Getting on top early gets momentum on your side," Granderson said. "We're able to put the pressure on the pitcher and feel comfortable on the offensive side."

    Mark Teixeira hit his 12th homer in the ninth and had two RBIs for the Rangers. Michael Young and Jerry Hairston both had RBI doubles.

    Texas slugger Sammy Sosa was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in his pursuit to become the fifth player to hit 600 home runs. Sosa is 7-of-48 with 16 strikeouts since hitting his 598th homer on May 22.

    Detroit, which had 17 hits, broke open a 3-1 game in the third.

    Sheffield led off with a 405-foot blast into the Rangers bullpen. Craig Monroe had an RBI groundout, Inge had an RBI single and Granderson then hit his 12th triple of the season to drive in two more. That extended Detroit's cushion to 8-1.

    Scott Feldman relieved Loe and allowed Placido Polanco's RBI single. The Tigers had seven hits and sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning.

    Loe gave up nine hits and walked one to lose his sixth straight decision. He hasn't won since April 21 -- a span of nine starts.

    Despite Texas' pitching troubles, Washington said after the game he has no plans on altering his starting rotation.

    "I know I have to put up good starts if I want to stay here," Loe said. "The more bad starts I have, the closer I am to being on the way out. That's the reality of it."

    The Rangers pitchers didn't get much help from their defense.

    Hairston, who was making a his first start of the season at third base, committed an error in the first. Right fielder Victor Diaz misplayed Casey's double in the third, and second baseman Ian Kinsler botched a rundown that allowed Ordonez to score later in the inning.

    The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the fourth on RBI singles from Mike Rabelo and Granderson.

    Detroit struck first when Granderson, who had three hits, tripled to open the game. He came home on Sheffield's RBI groundout.

    After Young's RBI double tied the game at 1, Inge's two-run double put the Tigers ahead for good in the second.

    Game notes


    Sheffield passed Willie Stargell for 39th on the all-time list with 1,541 RBIs. ... The Rangers have been outscored 95-48 in the first two innings this season.

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