DETROIT — The Texas Rangers recorded 15 hits against the Detroit Tigers as they won the series finale with a 5-2 victory Sunday night at Comerica Park.
Delino DeShields, Elvis Andrus, Jonathan Lucroy, and Mike Napoli each recorded two hits in their five plate appearances, responsible for over half of the Rangers’ 15 hits.
Starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitched 5.0 innings for Texas, gave up two runs on five hits, walked four batters, and struck out seven Tigers with 63 of his 105 pitches strikes.
After failing to strike out 47 consecutive batters, relief pitcher Sam Dyson threw three consecutive strikeouts and allowed one hit in 1.2 innings of work until Keona Kela assumed his closing role in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Rangers got off to a 1-0 start in the top of the first inning with an RBI single from Jonathan Lucroy on a 1-2 pitch to drive home Nomar Mazara.
Detroit responded in the bottom of the first with an Ian Kinsler solo shot home run to tie the game 1-1. The Tigers left three men on base to conclude the inning.
Texas reclaimed the lead 2-1 with Robinson Chirinos hitting a 1-1 pitch and driving in Nomar Mazara on an RBI single in the top of the second.
Miguel Cabrera hit a line drive single on an 0-1 pitch in the bottom of the second that tied the game 2-2 when Andrew Romine crossed home plate.
In the top of the fifth inning, Mike Napoli hit a solo homer over center field that landed in the camera well to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.
Pete Kozma hit a solo shot home run on a 2-2 pitch to give the Rangers an insurance run as they took a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning.
Lucroy hit a no-out double in the top of the ninth to drive Rougned Odor to give Texas a 5-2 lead.
With the Cleveland Indians knocking off the Houston Astros 8-6, the Rangers are now 5.5 games back of the AL West frontrunners. The Rangers are 24-21 as the Astros are 29-15.
Texas has Monday off as they gear up for a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.