Fister pitched well, as he went six solid innings and allowed two runs on 8 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 5. Bruce Rondon followed up Fister’s effort with a perfect 1.1 IP of relief, throwing only ten pitches as he struck out 2. Rondon featured all of his pitches tonight, and all were strikes.
Drew Smyly pitched 1.1 IP and Joaquín Benoit got the final out of the ninth to preserve the victory.
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Grimm was in trouble from the first batter on, as Austin Jackson jumped on him for a leadoff double. Torii Hunter soon followed with a double of his own to score Jackson, and then Miguel Cabrera followed with a walk. After a Prince Fielder single to load the bases, Victor Martinez took a walk to force home a run. Jhonny Peralta followed that with a 2-RBI double to score Cabrera and Fielder, and Martinez scampered all the way to third. After a Dirks strikeout, Alex Avila dumped a single in left in front of Jurickson Profar, a natural shortstop playing LF for Texas now, and scored Martinez. Santiago grounded into an inning ending double play.
The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the second off Grimm, but wouldn’t really threaten again after that. Grimm was pulled due to an injury, and the Rangers’ bullpen shut the Tigers down for the rest of the game, allowing just two total baserunners over the final 4.2 IP, while racking up 3 strikeouts.
Max Scherzer (13-0, 3.06 ERA) takes the mound tomorrow in search of his 14th victory, while the Rangers will counter with Derek Holland (7-4, 3.19 ERA). Scherzer is 4-0 with a 3.35 ERA in the regular season against the Rangers. Holland is to 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in his last seven road starts