ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 27: David Murphy #7 of the Texas Rangers is congratulated by manager Ron Washington after hitting a three-run homer against the Detroit Tigers on June 27, 2012 at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

Tigers Vs. Rangers: Detroit Loses Wild Series Finale, 13-9

The Tigers' offense showed up on Wednesday night in Texas. The defense and pitching? Not so much.

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Tigers Vs. Rangers Final Score: Detroit Outslugged By Texas In Game Two, 7-5

Drew Smyly's first game back from the disabled list did not go exactly as planned for the rookie pitcher and the Detroit Tigers on a balmy Tuesday night in Arlington, as a potent Texas lineup plowed through Detroit pitching en route to a 7-5 victory in the series' 2nd game.

The left-handed Smyly was staked to an immediate 2-0 advantage after a Prince Fielder two-run double brought home Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera in the opening frame, but offered up a run of his own on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning. Smyly's outing came unraveled in the 4th inning when a series of hits allowed Texas to plate four runs and flip the game on its head, forcing him to exit with both his 4th loss of the year and an ugly line (4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER).

Despite coming out on the wrong end of a loss, Smyly did not appeared bothered by the blister injury that forced him to the 15-day disabled list earlier in the month, which is a promising sign for the Tigers going forward. Offensively, Fielder's 2-for-4, four RBI performance was virtually the only bright spot for the Tigers, as Texas pitcher Yu Darvish and his 10 strikeouts made things tough on Detroit hitters all evening.

The final game of the series will feature the pitching duel of Detroit's Doug Fister taking on Texas' new addition Roy Oswalt on Wednesday night, as the two squads will each be in search of a pivotal series victory.

For more on the Tigers, check out Bless You Boys. For more on the Rangers, head over to Lone Star Ball. And for more MLB news and expert analysis, be sure to visit Baseball Nation.


Tigers Vs. Rangers Final Score: Detroit Holds Onto Early Lead

The Detroit Tigers started their three-game set in Arlington with a convincing win on Monday. They beat the Rangers 8-2.

Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello (5-5) reversed a couple of trends with a strong effort. His career ERA against the Rangers is worse than any other AL team and he headed into this game 0-3 against AL West teams with a 12.08 ERA. In this game, he gave up one run in six innings, striking out seven.

Justin Grimm (1-1) took the loss for Texas, giving up six runs before being yanked in the second inning. It was Grimm's second major league start.

Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 including two doubles for three RBIs. The Tigers held an 8-0 lead after six, before Josh Hamilton's two run home run in the seventh.

Game 2 goes Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. ET at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Texas will send Yu Darvish to the mound against the Tigers' Drew Smyly.

For more on the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers, head over to Bless You Boys and Lone Star Ball, the teams respective SB Nation blogs. More news and analysis on the world of baseball can be found over at Baseball Nation.

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