ARLINGTON – Justin Grimm couldn’t get out of the second inning, the defense made mistakes and the offense couldn’t get anything going against Rick Porcello.
In the end, the Detroit Tigers rolled to an 8-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night to open a three-game series. It was a 100-degree night at Rangers Ballpark, the first triple-digit night this season.
Grimm needed 40 pitches to complete the first inning. He gave up hits to the first three batters, although one came on a bunt single that should have been a sacrifice. Quintin Berry, the Tigers’ No. 2 batter, dropped a bunt down the third-base side, but Rangers first baseman Michael Young initially charged it and nobody covered first.
Miguel Cabrera followed with a two-run double to center, and the Tigers scored three more runs in the five-run inning on RBI hits by Delmon Young, Jhonny Peralta and Ramon Santiago.
Grimm started the second inning, but issued a walk to Berry and single to Cabrera to end his night. His one-plus inning was the shortest inning by a Rangers starter this season.
Michael Kirkman relieved him, and allowed two runs over five innings. Mark Lowe closed out the game with three scoreless innings.
Porcello, meanwhile, shut down the Rangers offense. The leadoff man reached in the first, fourth and fifth, but the Rangers never capitalized on those opportunities.
The Rangers avoided a shutout in the seventh when Josh Hamilton launched his 23rd home run of the season. It was a positive sign for Hamilton, who went into the game batting .194 with one home run and seven RBIs in June.
-- Drew Davison