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Thoughts on game 12 of 162

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The Tigers get their first series win of the season and have won two straight for the first time this year with a 3-2 win over the reigning AL champion Rangers. The Tigers improve to 5-7 while the Rangers are 9-3

Hero: Brandon Inge
Inge helped the Tigers win in walk-off fashion with his solo homer to left field off Ranger reliever Darren Oliver. Inge also drove in the game-tying run with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Starters strong: For the third straight game the Tigers got another strong outing from their starting pitcher. Max Scherzer gave up six hits and two runs in six innings while striking out seven. The bullpen was strong with Brayan Villarreal and Jose Valverde combining for three scoreless innings of relief. Valverde earned the win for the second straight day

Up next: at Oakland on 10 pm Thursday to begin a seven-game road trip

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Thoughts on game 11 of 162

Off to a 3-7 start and facing one of the hottest teams in baseball, the Tigers were able to pick up a much needed win. Brad Penny turned in his best outing as a Tiger and Miguel Cabrera knocked in the winning run in the ninth inning to help the Tigers even their three-game series with the Rangers at one apiece. Prior to Tuesday, the Tigers were 0-2 in games decided by two runs or fewer this season.

It's a winner: Miguel Cabrera (right) had the game-winning RBI in Detroit's 5-4 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday. (AP)

Hero: Miguel Cabrera

Cabrera is the Tiger that has been the most consistent at the plate this season. He was the only starting player to get a hit in Monday’s game and he delivered on Tuesday as well. With the bases loaded, he drilled a single to left field that scored Inge and gave the Tigers the win. Cabrera finished 2 for 5 with a double and is batting .385 with 10 RBIs.

Key sequence: The ninth inning when Austin Jackson drew a one-out walk and Ryan Raburn had a two-out walk off of Texas reliever Darren O’Day to load the bases for Cabrera. The Rangers, who intentionally walked Cabrera in the ninth on Monday to bring the go-ahead runner to the plate (Victor Martinez), were forced to pitch to the slugger who delivered.

Penny saver: Brad Penny turned a much-needed strong start for the Tigers. He went 6 2/3 innings and gave up three earned runs and seven hits, walked one and struck out two.  He left the game with a 4-3 lead and in position to get his first win as a Tiger.

Hamilton out: Another possible turning point came in the opening inning when Josh Hamilton was tagged out at home plate while trying to score on a foul fly out that was hit 50 feet from behind the plate. Brandon Inge and catcher Victor Martinez convened to catch the foul. Inge caught it and no one was covering the plate at the time so Hamilton tried to score. Martinez beat Hamilton in the foot race and was tagged out, preventing the Rangers from taking a 2-0 lead. Hamilton also was injured on the play (right shoulder fracture) and it was later discovered the injury-prone reigning AL MVP would miss  six to eight weeks.

Up next: series finale with Rangers, 1 p.m. today

Thoughts on game 10 of 162

Rangers starter Alexi Ogando pitched seven scoreless innings, limiting the Tigers to two hits on Monday (AP).

For the second time in the past three days, the Tigers wasted a solid outing by a starting pitcher with its inability to put together anything offensively. On Monday afternoon, Justin Verlander put together another outstanding start but the offense wasn’t able to do anything in the setback to the Rangers, who are now 9-1. Verlander went the complete game, allowing just six hits, two runs while striking out four.

Hero: Alexi Ogando

In his second career start, the former outfielder who was turned into a pitcher by the Rangers, shut down the Detroit bats. He allowed just two hits and struck out four while pitching seven scoreless innings. Ogando’s start follows an outing in which he limited the Mariners to two hits in six innings. The only Tiger to get a hit off Ogando was Miguel Cabrera.

Key points: The Tigers had a chance to get something going in the fourth after Brennan Boesch drew a leadoff walk and Cabrera followed with a double to put runners on second and third with one out. Victor Martinez then hit a linedrive that Elvis Andrus retreated back to the shallow outfield to catch. He then doubled off Cabrera, who apparently thought the ball would drop in, to end that threat. Martinez also grounded out to end the game against Rangers closer Neftali Feliz with runners on first and second.

The two-run seventh inning for the Rangers obviously was big. Michael Young and Mitch Moreland had RBI doubles to right field for the Rangers.

Slump breaker?: Austin Jackson had the day off because he has been off to a cold start this season. However he entered the game as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighth and had a line drive single to right field. The hit boosted Jackson’s average from .184 to .205. Besides he and Cabrera, Ryan Raburn had the only other hit for the Tigers on Monday.

Santiago time: We have yet to see much of Ramon Santiago this season but perhaps we should. Rhymes filled in in the leadoff spot today for Jackson and went 0 for 4, dropping his average to .182. With him and Jackson getting off to slow starts, that is a good reason to why the Tigers have been sputtering offensively. Santiago has made two starts this season and is 2 for 9 with a double and an RBI.