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Wed July 29, 2009
Kinsler, Andrus lead Rangers past Tigers
ARLINGTON, TX – Ian Kinsler drove in three runs, rookie Elvis Andrus homered and had three hits, and the Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Tuesday night.
Kinsler, who was in a huge funk at the plate that shrunk his batting average from .272 to .242., highlighted a four-run second with a two-run triple.
The Rangers have taken two straight from the Tigers after dropping the previous seven meetings and have won eight of nine overall.
Detroit is 4-8 since the All-Star break and its sputtering offense has scored three runs or less eight times in that span.
Ex-Tiger Jason Grilli (1-1) pitched two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts to pick up the decision. The Rangers bullpen shut out the Tigers on one hit over the final five innings.