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June 27, 2012

Final: Rangers 13, Tigers 9 (Texas wins its sixth straight series)

ARLINGTON – Roy Oswalt gave up the most hits he’s allowed in his career, but benefited from the Texas Rangers’ best offensive night in more than a month.

Oswalt got the win, as the Rangers pounded their way – and then held on – for a 13-9 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Texas won its sixth consecutive series, and has won 10 of its last 12 games.

The Rangers provided support for Oswalt early. They scored four runs in the second, highlighted by a three-run home run by David Murphy.

The Tigers scored single runs in the third and fourth, but the Rangers responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Murphy had a solo shot that inning, and Ian Kinsler came through with a two-run blast later in the inning.

The Tigers and Rangers each scored three runs in the fifth.

Oswalt allowed five runs on a career-high 13 hits with two walks and six strikeouts over six innings. Robbie Ross worked a scoreless seventh, and then left-hander Martin Perez made his major league debut in the eighth.

Perez gave up four runs (one earned), and recorded two outs. He appeared to get out of the inning after allowing only one run, though, by inducing a grounder by Prince Fielder. But Ian Kinsler had an errant throw to first on the play that allowed a run to score and kept the inning alive.

Manager Ron Washington pulled Perez after that, turning it over to Mike Adams with runners on the corner. Adams allowed consecutive RBI singles to Delmon Young and Alex Avila, as the Tigers pulled to within 11-9. But Adams ended the inning by striking out Jhonny Peralta.

The Rangers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth, and Joe Nathan closed it out in a non-save situation in the ninth.

Murphy finished the night with four hits and five RBIs, tying his career high. Adrian Beltre had a three-hit night, while Kinsler, Michael Young, Leonys Martin and Elvis Andrus all had two-hit games.

-- Drew Davison


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