ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Michael Young had three hits and drove in five runs, David Murphy homered and the Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 8-4 on Sunday.
Colby Lewis (3-0) threw 50 pitches and allowed eight baserunners in the first two innings before settling down, getting 16 consecutive outs from the second through the seventh.
Lewis allowed four runs and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings while matching a career high with 10 strikeouts.
Tigers rookie Austin Jackson hit his first major league homer, leading off the game with a 410-foot shot off Lewis' 2-0 pitch that sailed onto the grass hitter's background in center field.
Ramon Santiago followed with a single, and Santiago raced home on Johnny Damon's double that stretched his hitting streak to 12 games. Don Kelly's RBI single later in the first made it 3-0.
Murphy's first homer of a season, a two-run drive in the first, got the Rangers within a run, but the Tigers moved to a 4-2 lead in the second on Santiago's RBI single.
Texas answered with a four-run second as Tigers starter Rick Porcello (1-2) issued a bases-loaded walk to Elvis Andrus and Young followed with a bases-clearing double.
Porcello gave up six runs and 10 hits over four innings before he was replaced by Dontrelle Willis, who was scratched from Saturday night's start due to flulike symptoms.
Willis walked three in the fifth, and two scored on Young's single that boosted Texas' advantage to 8-4.
Texas' Vladimir Guerrero avoided serious injury in the fourth when he ducked out of the way of Porcello's high and inside pitch that seemed headed for Guerrero's face. The ball struck Guerrero in the shoulder.
NOTES: Young is the Rangers' all-time leader with 495 multihit games. ... Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he would not use "under any circumstances" three members of his overworked bullpen: RHPs Joel Zumaya and Eddie Bonine and LHP Brad Thomas. "I've been around long enough to know that you've got to protect your pitching," Leyland said. "You start using guys too much and they're gonna get hurt, you can take it to the bank." ... Detroit OF Magglio Ordonez got the day off, as did Texas OF Josh Hamilton. Hamilton started the day hitting .230 with 15 strikeouts. ... Texas C Jarrod Saltalamacchia is still having occasional trouble throwing back to the pitcher during his rehab assignment for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Saltalamacchia, on the 15-day DL with an upper back strain, experienced the same throwing problem in his two games for the Rangers at the start of the season.