Placido Polanco scores on a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the fifth. (AP)
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
Justin Verlander overpowered the Rangers with his fastball, striking out eight batters and giving up just two hits in five innings. Nate Robertson threw two perfect innings and got the win, and Fernando Rodney struck out the side to earn his first save and complete the two-hitter.
BATTING HR: Blalock (2, 2nd inning off Verlander, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Hamilton;
Blalock 4. RBI: Blalock (5), Hamilton 2 (4). 2-out RBI: Hamilton 2. Runners
left in scoring position, 2 out: Hamilton; Young, M; Cruz, N 2. Team RISP: 1-for-5. Team LOB:
FIELDING Outfield assists: Cruz, N (Guillen at 2nd base). DP:
Pitches-strikes: Harrison, M 99-53, Jennings 31-15,
Wilson, C 7-5, Verlander 97-58, Robertson, N 20-13, Seay 7-5, Perry 2-2, Rodney 14-9. Groundouts-flyouts:
Harrison, M 6-3, Jennings 0-1, Wilson, C 2-1, Verlander 3-3, Robertson, N 3-2, Seay 1-0, Perry 0-0, Rodney 0-0. Batters
faced: Harrison, M 29, Jennings 7, Wilson, C 3, Verlander 23, Robertson, N 6, Seay 2, Perry 1, Rodney 3. Inherited
runners-scored: Jennings 1-0, Wilson, C 1-0. Umpires: HP: Gary Darling. 1B: Bill Hohn. 2B: Bruce Dreckman.
3B: Paul Emmel. Weather: 55 degrees, sunny. Wind: 9 mph, L to R. T: 2:30. Att:
28,693. Venue: Comerica Park. April 11, 2009 April 11, 2009
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner