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June 25, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers 8-2 loss to Tigers

Justin Grimm admitted he didn't have damage control on Monday night, and that led to a one-plus inning start.

Grimm gave up five runs on seven hits in the first inning, and then issued a walk and single to start the second. That ended his night, as he threw 52 pitches.

"Just not executing my pitches," Grimm said. "It's a humbling game, just got to bounce back. ... I didn't have damage control tonight. Five runs in the first doesn't give your team a good chance to win. I'll put this one on my shoulder and bounce back Saturday."

It was the shortest outing by a Rangers starter this season, and the shortest since Derek Holland went only two-thirds of an inning on July 2, 2011. Michael Young wasn't too worried about Grimm's confidence afterwards.

"He'll be fine," Young said. "He'll learn from it. That was a kid going through a tough lineup."

Here are a few other postgame notes:

* Michael Kirkman pitched well in long relief, allowing two runs over five innings. That was a career-high in innings for Kirkman. Mark Lowe matched his career high in innings, as he threw three scoreless to close out the game. Kirkman and Lowe certainly saved the Rangers bullpen. "It'll pay dividends for us the next few games," Michael Young said.

* Josh Hamilton belted his 23rd home run of the season, a two-run shot in the seventh. It was his first home run since June 8, and only his second this month.

* Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli were the only Rangers with multi-hit games. Beltre had three hits, including a double, and is on a six-game hitting streak. Napoli went 2 for 4, and is batting .375 over his last five games.

-- Drew Davison


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