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Recap: Rangers 7, Tigers 1
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Comerica Park
Date: July 13, 2013 7:15 PM EDT
  

DETROIT (AP) - Derek Holland succeeded where so many other pitchers have failed this year - he kept Detroit's offense quiet while Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer was on the mound.

So the Texas Rangers were the team that finally halted Scherzer's unbeaten run, tagging the Detroit All-Star with his first loss of the season and defeating the Tigers 7-1 Saturday night.

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Scherzer (13-1) was trying to become the first pitcher in the majors to start 14-0 since Roger Clemens in 1986, but Holland (8-4) outpitched him. The Texas left-hander allowed a run and five hits in seven innings. He walked five and struck out seven.

``Scherzer was 13-0 for a reason. He's got great stuff,' Holland said. ``Today I made pitches when I needed to and I thought my defense did a great job making plays and saving me. It's up there with the big games this year.'

It was Scherzer's first loss since Sept. 23. This defeat came in his final start before the All-Star game - he could start the event Tuesday night at Citi Field in New York.

Mitch Moreland's two-run homer in the fourth gave Texas a 3-0 lead, and for once, the AL Central-leading Tigers didn't back Scherzer with much offensive support. Adrian Beltre added a two-run homer in a three-run ninth for Texas.

Scherzer entered the day leading the majors in run support, and that was no small reason for his unblemished record. He struck out three in the first.

Jurickson Profar's line drive in the second caught Scherzer in the left wrist, but the Detroit right-hander threw to first for the out and was able to keep going. The Rangers finally put his streak in jeopardy in the fourth.

Nelson Cruz led off with a double, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by A.J. Pierzynski. Scherzer then walked Elvis Andrus, and that came back to haunt him when Moreland lifted a drive to left-center for his 13th homer of the season.

``It was a first-pitch fastball and I tried to put a good swing on it. It worked out,' Moreland said. ``Derek kind of set the tone for us.'

Holland lowered his ERA to 3.08, which is better than Scherzer's mark of 3.19. Holland started the Rangers' 11-8 victory over Detroit on May 19, allowing two of Miguel Cabrera's three homers in that game. He was impressive Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 44,061 at Comerica Park.

``Five walks is really hard to defend, but I thought I made pitches when I had to and those guys made plays to keep those walks from leading to a big snowball effect,' Holland said. ``And the offense gave me some runs, too.'

Texas starters are only 10-13 since the beginning of June, even after Holland's solid performance.

Scherzer allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out six. He did extend one streak. He's struck out at least six hitters in all 19 starts this year.

When he walked off the mound after the third out of the sixth, a few fans behind the Detroit dugout gave him a nice ovation, presumably sensing his night was done. Scherzer threw a season-high 122 pitches.

``I threw some good pitches, they hit it. I threw some bad pitches, they hit it even farther,' Scherzer said. ``It's a loss. That's what happens when you don't quite pitch as well.'

Hernan Perez hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth for Detroit, but Pierzynski's RBI bloop double in the fifth made it 4-1.

NOTES: Ian Kinsler set a Rangers' record with his 162nd career steal, breaking a tie with Bump Wills. ... Detroit's Victor Martinez left the bases loaded with a third-inning strikeout and had his hitting streak snapped at 14 games. ... Tigers ace Justin Verlander (9-6) starts Sunday against Texas LHP Martin Perez (3-1).

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Rangers at Tigers
Fri, Jul 12 Final 2 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Rangers at Tigers
Sat, Jul 13 Final 7 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Rangers at Tigers
Sun, Jul 14 Final 0 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TEX  +142   -155   8 
 DET  -152   +135   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TEX  +139   -150   8 
 DET  -154   +130   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TEX  40%   28%   54% 
 DET  60%   72%   46% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 2 Under: 9 
 DET 7 Cover: +100 
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 May 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 8 Over: 19 
 TEX 11 Cover: +100 
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 May 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 2 Under: 9 
 TEX 7 Cover: +120 
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 May 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 2 Cover: +113 
 TEX 1 Under: 3 
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 May 16, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 4 Over: 14 
 TEX 10 Cover: +100 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Saturday, Jul 13
 
    Twins at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Phillies
3:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Orioles
4:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Braves
4:05 PM EDT
    Astros at Rays
4:10 PM EDT
    Royals at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Rangers at Tigers
7:15 PM EDT
    Nationals at Marlins
7:15 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Cubs
7:15 PM EDT
    Mets at Pirates
7:15 PM EDT
    Rockies at Dodgers
7:15 PM EDT
    White Sox at Phillies
8:15 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Diamondbacks
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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