Tigers hold on, snap Texas' winning streak
Detroit, MI – Justin Verlander tossed six solid frames, while Ramon Santiago slapped a game-deciding two-run single as the Detroit Tigers snapped the Texas Rangers' eight-game winning streak with a 3-2 triumph in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Texas downed Detroit 10-4 in the twinbill opener.
Verlander (2-1) fanned eight and allowed one run -- none earned -- on four hits and three walks in six innings for the Tigers, who dropped the first two of this four-game set. He piled up eight strikeouts.
With the tying run at second base in the top of the ninth, Jose Valverde struck out Josh Hamilton to pick up the nail-biting save, his fourth of the season.
David Murphy drove in both runs for Texas, which was 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Michael Young had a pair of hits and scored both runs.
Neftali Feliz (1-1) gave up three runs on three hits and four walks in a complete game. He struck out six in going the distance for the first time in his career.