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Tigers beat Rangers

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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers desperately needed a strong pitching performance to snap their longest losing streak of the season.

Max Scherzer came through for them.

Scherzer threw seven scoreless innings to help Detroit beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Wednesday night, ending a seven-game skid.

"He pitched a great ballgame," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "That's what it normally takes to break a string like this."

Offense helps, too.

Gerald Laird hit a two-run homer in the second inning then Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera drove in runs in the seventh.

Scherzer (7-7) gave up four hits and three walks — throwing a career-high 123 pitches — and won his sixth straight start at home.

"It was important for me to end the streak," Scherzer said.

Phil Coke pitched a perfect eighth and Jose Valverde had a shaky ninth. The All-Star closer walked Ian Kinsler, hit Vladimir Guerrero and allowed both to advance on a wild pitch. Josh Hamilton's groundout pulled Texas within three.

 

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