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DET@TEX: Boesch crushes two homers and knocks in five

ARLINGTON -- The night belonged to Brennan Boesch.

In leading the Tigers to a 13-7 victory over the Rangers on Monday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Boesch shined above everybody else.

He notched his first career multi-homer game. He set career-highs with five hits and five RBIs. And it all started against a pitcher -- Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis -- he had been 0-for-10 against in his career.

"I knew I had to change something," Boesch said. "He's a crafty pitcher and uses a couple of different pitch mixes to get guys out. He was able to get me out most of the time on pitches off the plate, so I just wanted to get strikes. And when I do that, usually good things happen."

That they did.

In the first, Austin Jackson singled, Don Kelly drew a walk and Boesch belted a three-run shot into the upper deck in right field. Boesch led off with a homer in the third, too, roping one around the right-field pole.

Andy Dirks also had a two-run shot in the inning, and Alex Avila went deep two batters later to give the Tigers an early 7-0 lead.

Detroit (32-27) eventually knocked Lewis out of the game after 3 1/3 innings, his shortest outing in two seasons for Texas (34-27). Lewis allowed nine runs on 10 hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

"He got a lot of balls up, and their left-handers didn't miss them," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "I thought he made a pretty good pitch to Avila, it was down, but when things aren't going your way and you make a good pitch, it gets hit too."

Detroit starter Max Scherzer pitched well enough to earn his first victory since May 9. He allowed five runs on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts over five innings.

Still, Scherzer wasn't too pleased with his outing, saying he has been frustrated with his performances since beginning the season 6-0. He felt like he left too many fastballs over the zone that the Rangers were able to capitalize on.

"I didn't have a good rhythm," Scherzer said. "Missing everywhere with my fastball, didn't have good fastball command. I had to force myself to come back in the middle with my fastball, and I got burned a couple of times."

The biggest mistake was a 2-2 offering that Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz belted over the left-center-field wall in the fourth inning, one which pulled Texas within five runs. He later gave up an RBI single to Ian Kinsler, but the Rangers never truly threatened.

After all, the Tigers' offense had its best game of the season, setting highs in homers (four), extra-base hits (10), runs (13) and hits (18). All 10 batters recorded base hits in helping Detroit to its seventh victory in its past eight games.

The Tigers scored single runs in the sixth and seventh and capped it off with two in the ninth. Danny Worth, who pinch-hit for Kelly in the seventh, had three RBIs in his two at-bats. Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-5, and Jackson had three hits.

But the story of the night was Boesch, who finished 5-for-6. He had a .186 average in 23 games in May and has a tendency to be hard on himself. That's something the Tigers would like to see him change.

"I'm working on it," Boesch said. "It's hard to be easy on yourself when you have expectations. That's something I'll probably fight the rest of my career. It's a daily thing where you have to remind yourself this game isn't easy. It's a fine line of not putting too much pressure on yourself, but also having high expectations that you want to meet.

"It's just in my personality. I've always been someone that's driven to do well. I try not to get frustrated when the results aren't there, but it's hard when you're on a team that you care about winning a lot and want to help the team any way you can. When you don't feel like you've done the job, I don't think anyone goes home smiling. It's something I'm working on."

Detroit manager Jim Leyland was especially pleased to see Boesch come through with his third multi-hit game in the past four contests.

"He had a huge, huge night," Leyland said. "Good for him. He's getting better all the time, getting relaxed. He's so hard on himself -- [we're] trying not to get him to be so hard himself."

He wasn't on Monday, at least. Comments