Rangers 4, Tigers 3
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) _ Jack Kimel retired all six batters he faced, and the Texas Rangers beat Detroit 4-3 Thursday to end the Tigers’ four-games winning streak.
Kimel, who spent most of last season with the Class A Charlotte Rangers of the Florida State League, has pitched a total of 6 2-3 innings this spring, allowing four hits and two walks. He has struck out seven batters and allowed no runs.
The Rangers rallied to tie the game 3-3 in the fifth inning on a two-run double by Tony Chances.
In the sixth, Osmani Estrada walked and went to third on a hit by Daryl Kennedy.
Detroit then replaced pitcher Pat Miller with David Marcon, who got pinch-hitter Eric Mangham to hit what appeared to be a perfect double-play grounder to short. But Detroit second baseman Evan Pratte skipped his relay throw past first base, allowing Estrada to score the winning run.
Detroit scored in the first inning off Texas starter Steve Leinhard on a two-run single by John Toale.
Texas cut the lead to 2-1 in the third with Greg Ritchie’s run-scoring single.
The Tigers made it 3-1 in the fifth on an RBI single by former Ranger Tommy Dunbar.
David Baine, the second of four Texas pitchers, picked up the victory. Chris Willsher got the save in his ninth-inning debut. Detroit’s Pat Miller took the loss.