(Sports Network) - Nick Tepesch tries to keep the Texas Rangers rolling on
Friday when they continue a four-game set against the Detroit Tigers at
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Texas won for the seventh time in eight games on Thursday, as it scored seven
times in the fourth inning to beat Justin Verlander, 10-4.
Yu Darvish (7-1) battled through eight innings, but still picked up the win.
Darvish improved on his major league lead in strikeouts with six more on
Thursday to push his total to 86 in nine starts this season. He was charged
with four runs on seven hits.
"After the second inning his pitch counts went down," said Texas manager Ron
Washington about Darvish. "He didn't panic and gave us another solid start."
It was a trying third inning for both starters, but especially for Verlander
(4-4), who didn't make it out of the frame. He walked in a pair of runs before
Geovany Soto's three-run blast topped off his start at 2 2/3 innings.
"I'm not going to go home and pout about this," said Verlander. "I've been
doing this for a while now and I know what I need to do."
For Verlander, the leader in strikeouts in three of the last four seasons, it
was his shortest outing in nearly three years, matching a career worst with
eight runs allowed on six hits and two walks.
Texas received two hits and three RBI from Mitch Moreland as well as a solo
blast from Nelson Cruz. Elvis Andrus, Lance Berkman and Adrian Beltre each
knocked in a run in the victory.
Don Kelly and Jhonny Peralta each hit solo homers for Detroit, which has
dropped six of its last nine contests.
Getting the call for the Tigers on Friday will be the rookie Tepesch, who is
3-3 with a 4.03 ERA. Tepesch beat the Houston Astros on Sunday, as he limited
them to a run and four hits in six innings. He also struck out a career-best
"He threw the ball over the plate and executed the game plan very well,"
Washington said. "He had a good sinker working (against Houston), and his
breaking ball had bite. He did a lot of good things."
Detroit, meanwhile, will rely on righty Rick Porcello, who is 1-2 with a 6.68
ERA. Porcello did not get a decision on Sunday versus Cleveland, but pitched
well, allowing two runs and four hits in six innings of his team's 4-3 loss.
Porcello has faced the Rangers five times and is 2-3 with a 7.83 ERA.
Texas was 7-3 against the Tigers last season.
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