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16-14 - Cole Hamels tames Tigers, Texas ends losing skid

Cole Hamels did what an ace is supposed to do by tossing seven shutout innings to get Texas back in the win column

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Ian Kinsler led off this game with a base hit for the Tigers in the bottom of the 1st inning. From then, until the Kinsler led off the 9th with a double, Detroit would not collect another hit. Cole Hamels was quite ace-like as he gave the Rangers seven innings of shutout baseball.

At the plate, the Rangers got on the board early for two runs in the top of the 2nd thanks to offensive juggernauts Elvis Andrus and Bobby Wilson. Andrus' two-out double plated Mitch Moreland after he had singled with two-outs and then Wilson drove in Elvis with a single. Those two runs were the most runs that Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann had allowed in any one start this season.

Zimmermann would allow another run as Rougned Odor hit a 405 ft. home run in the top of the 5th. Odor added two more RBIs to his total in the 9th as he doubled home a couple of runs to make it 5-0. Odor finished the night going 3 for 5 with three RBI.

Player of the Game: With Yu Darvish rehabbing in Round Rock tonight, current ace Hamels refused to play second fiddle in the headlines as he went seven innings of one-hit ball with a season high nine strikeouts to help the Rangers end their three game losing streak.

Up Next: The Rangers and Tigers play a noon Saturday game with early season surprise A.J. Griffin making the start for Texas against RHP Mike Pelfrey of Detroit. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 pm CT.