Texas Rangers baseball should come with a motion sickness warning.
This game started great with Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara leading off with back-to-back home runs. That was the first time the Rangers had led off a game with consecutive dingers since April 2001. Then the Tigers scored the next five runs while staff ace A.J. Griffin left the game with "shoulder stiffness" in the 3rd and things looked real dumb.
The Rangers were able to flip the script from their recent road troubles as they scored the next eight runs and got competent work from their relievers. The much-maligned bullpen gave the Rangers 6 2/3 innings of work allowing just three runs while the Rangers exploded for three two-run home runs -- one off the bat of Mitch Moreland and two from Adrian Beltre -- which was bookended by an RBI double by Mazara. All told, the Rangers hit a season-high five home runs.
Player of the Game: Just when creeping thoughts might have reached your precious little head that Adrian Beltre was in a slump, Based Beltre hit two of the Rangers' five dingers and collected four RBIs for Texas. The lesson here is Adrian Beltre is an immortal heroic legendary baseball omnigod.
Up Next: The Rangers close this series in Detroit with a chance to sweep the Tigers, and, if they can, they'll have themselves a winning road trip. In the way of winning is RHP Justin Verlander as the Rangers counter with Martin Perez. First pitch is once again scheduled for 12:10 pm CT.