Detroit Tigers win 5th in a row with Tuesday's 4-1 victory over Texas Rangers
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — Robbie Grossman and Eric Haase homered as the Detroit Tigers extended their winning streak to five games with a rain-delayed 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
The Rangers have lost seven straight and been outscored 43-3 in five games since the All-Star break. They were shut out in the previous three before Tuesday.
Tarik Skubal (6-8) got the win, giving up one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
“The Rangers are really aggressive, so I knew if I could throw a sinker early in the count, I could probably get a groundball,” Skubal said. “When I can do that, I don’t worry about the strikeouts.”
Three relievers finished for the Tigers. Gregory Soto struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save.
“Skubal has really good stuff, and those three guys at the end were just filthy,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “It’s going to be tough to beat that team at the end of games.”
Dane Dunning (3-7) allowed three runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings before being removed as the Rangers limit his workload.
The game started 2 hours, 10 minutes late due to thunderstorms in the area.
“I think it says a lot about our team that, even with a last-minute rain delay that went two hours, we came out hungry and ready to go,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said.
The Rangers appeared likely to end their scoring drought in the first inning, putting runners on first and third with one. But then Joey Gallo popped out and the Tigers foiled a double-steal attempt when first baseman Jonathan Schoop’s throw got Eli White at the plate.