Alexi Ogando allowed two hits in seven shutout innings before leaving with a finger issue, and Michael Young and Mitch Moreland had RBI doubles in the seventh inning as the Rangers edged Justin Verlander and Detroit 2-0 on Monday afternoon.
The Rangers improved to 9-1, the best start in club history.
Ogando had thrown only 79 pitches when Darren Oliver was summoned from the bullpen. The Rangers said that Ogando has fluid under a callous on his right index finger. They did not call it a blister, which had started to develop during Ogando's first start of the season a week ago.
The Rangers' pitching staff has produced back-to-back shutouts and hasn't allowed a run since Adam Jones led off the second inning of Game 2 of a doubleheader Saturday with a home run. The Rangers entered the day with the lowest ERA (2.48) in the major leagues.
Verlander was just as dominant as Ogando until the seventh, when Josh Hamilton walked with one out and Adrian Beltre followed with a single. Young then doubled to right field to plate Hamilton. After a Beltre was retired on a fielder's choice, Moreland roped a double to right to bring home Young.
Neftali Feliz allowed a two-out double in the ninth and intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera before retiring Victor Martinez to end the game with the tying run at first base.
-- Jeff Wilson