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Cruz's 2-run homer ends marathon game in 14th

DETROIT (AP) — Nelson Cruz's two-run homer in the 14th inning gave the Texas Rangers an 8-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday in a game that was marred by two injuries and finally ended in the rain two minutes before midnight.

Detroit lost its sixth straight game despite two home runs from Miguel Cabrera.

The win snapped Texas' 11-game losing streak at Comerica Park.

The game had a scary moment in the sixth inning when Rangers reliever Dustin Nippert was hit in the head by Austin Jackson's line drive. The ball landed in left field for a double as Texas players, coaches and trainers raced toward the mound. Nippert quickly sat up and walked off the field under his own power.

Detroit lost third baseman Brandon Inge for 4-6 weeks after he broke his left hand when he was hit by a pitch from Scott Feldman in the third inning.

The Rangers couldn't score with the bases loaded in the ninth, and Matt Harrison (2-1) got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the 11th by getting Carlos Guillen to ground into an inning-ending double play.

In the 12th, the Rangers put runners on the corners with two outs, but Julio Borbon flied out to end the inning.

Cruz finally ended it with a shot just inside the right-field pole off Enrqiue Gonzalez (0-1) in the 14th.

Harrison threw four shutout innings of relief and Neftali Feliz pitched a rainy 14th for his 25th save.

Texas took a 2-0 lead on Ian Kinsler's first-inning homer, but the Tigers got an RBI single from Cabrera in the bottom of the inning before tying the game in the second on Alex Avila's run-scoring base hit.

The Rangers regained control with a three-run third. After Kinsler's sacrifice fly, Josh Hamilton hit an RBI single that appeared to tear through the webbing of Cabrera's glove at first, and Cruz's base hit gave Texas a 5-2 lead.

Cabrera's 23rd homer pulled the Tigers within 5-3 in the third. Magglio Ordonez and Cabrera then tied the game with back-to-back homers to start the fifth.

Texas went back in front on Cruz's bad-hop RBI single in the seventh, but the Tigers tied the game in the eighth on Johnny Damon's run-scoring single.

Both starters allowed five runs — Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman in 5 1-3 innings and Feldman in six.

NOTES: Rangers manager Ron Washington was ejected by home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck after Feldman's first two pitches of the fifth inning were called balls. ... Cabrera drew another cheer from the crowd in the sixth inning when he made a barehanded catch of Ramon Santiago's soft liner into the Tigers dugout. ... Rangers C Matt Treanor played for just the third time at Comerica Park, despite spending 2009 with Detroit. Treanor was limited to four games last season by a hip injury and only played once at home.

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