Rangers 8, Tigers 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Rick Helling pitched a six-hitter for his second complete game of the season and Tom Goodwin drove in three runs Wednesday night as the Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 8-2.
Helling (9-7) won his third straight decision, striking out eight and walking two in the seventh complete game of his career. Texas is 20-6 since the All-Star break.
Rafael Palmeiro and Roberto Kelly homered for the Rangers, who have won four straight against the Tigers and are 22-5 against the AL Central.
Willie Blair (1-9), making his first start since May 26 following 19 straight relief appearances, allowed seven runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Juan Gonzalez, who strained his left hamstring Tuesday, missed the game.
Texas took a 2-0 lead in the first on Mark McLemore’s triple, Rusty Greer’s RBI groundout and Palmeiro’s 29th homer. Goodwin hit an RBI double in the second and McLemore added a run-scoring single.
Juan Encarnacion homered in the fourth for the Tigers’ first hit, but Kelly’s homer made it 5-1 in the bottom half.
Royce Clayton greeted Nelson Cruz with an RBI single in the sixth, and Goodwin followed with a two-run single against C.J. Nitkowski for an 8-1 lead.
Damion Easley homered in the seventh.
Notes: Alice Holtz, the widow of longtime Rangers broadcaster Mark Holtz, died Wednesday of cancer. She was 51. Mark Holtz was 51 when he died Sept. 7, 1997, of complications from a bone marrow transplant for the treatment of leukemia. ... Detroit is 8-17 since the All-Star break.