Rangers rally late after costly error, Tigers lose 10-5

Detroit News

Arlington, Texas – The Tigers didn’t play an especially clean baseball game here Tuesday and they were justifiably whipped by the Texas Rangers, 10-5 at Globe Life Field.

The Rangers broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the seventh, two runs scoring on a fielding error in left field by Eric Haase on a ball hit by former Tiger John Hicks.

Que the theme from Twilight Zone.

Haase hit a three-run, pinch-hit home run in the top of the seventh that erased a 5-2 deficit. It was the first pinch-hit home run by a Tiger since Sept. 28, 2019. Guess who hit it. Yep, Hicks, who was pinch-hitting for Jake Rogers in that game. It was his last hit as a Tiger.

Earlier in the game Tuesday, Hicks hit a two-run home run off starter Jose Urena. It was his fourth home run in four games since joining the Rangers. No other player in Texas franchise history has ever done that.

And Rogers? Well, the Dallas-area native playing in front of a throng of family and friends blasted a 426-foot home run off the batter’s eye in dead center leading off the sixth inning, cutting the Rangers lead to 5-2.

He also tripled in the seventh and threw out the seventh base runner (out of 11) trying to steal a base against him.

But six-degrees of John Hicks aside, the Tigers defense in the bottom of the seventh betrayed relievers Daniel Norris and Joe Jimenez.

With one out, Adolis Garcia rolled a shift-busting single through the vacated right side of the infield. Joey Gallo hit a 96-mph one hopper that skipped under third baseman Jeimer Candelario’s glove. It was a tough play. Candelario was the only fielder on the left side of the infield and playing half-way in at a normal shortstop spot.

But, if he catches the short-hop, the Tigers turn an inning-ending double-play.

Hicks hit a line drive single off Jimenez and the ball got under Haase’s glove in left. Two runs scored. David Dahl, who had three hits, doubled in the third run of the inning.

The Rangers, for the second straight night, unloaded on Bryan Garcia. Garcia gave up two long home runs in the ninth inning Monday (Jonah Heim and Gallo) and two more in the eighth Tuesday (Brock Holt and Garcia).

It was another rough start for Urena, too. He was sharp for three innings, but for the fifth straight outing, didn’t survive the fifth.

With his sinker velocity hitting 95 mph again and his slider getting chases and ugly swings, breezed through the first three innings on just a hit and a walk.

Everything was different in the fourth.

He hit Garcia to start the inning, but Rogers deleted that, throwing him out trying to steal second. Urena walked Joey Gallo and hung a slider to Hicks. Hicks knocked it off the foul pole in left field.

Urena gave up a two-run double to Isiah Kiner-Falefa before getting out of the fourth. Manager AJ Hinch tried to get one more inning out of him, but Urena was done after allowing a two-out, RBI double to Dahl.

In his last five starts now, Urena has been tagged with 30 runs in 17.2 innings.

The Tigers managed just one hit in five innings off Rangers starter Dane Dunning. It was a loud one, though.

Robbie Grossman came into the game carrying a 6-for-51 skid over his last 15 games, with just one home run in that span. So, as you can imagine, he about flew around the bases after he whacked a change-up 413 feet into the Texas bullpen in right-center.

It was his 11th of the year.

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