It took a full trip through the lineup, but Detroit Tigers hitters finally broke through against Texas starter Neftali Feliz in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Behind 1-0 to the Rangers heading into the fourth inning, the Tigers received a timely RBI single from Delmon Young to even the game at one apiece. A clutch two-out hit from the bat of Ramon Santiago broke the game open further, plating a pair of runs to give Detroit a 3-1 advantage.
In all, the Tigers forced Feliz to throw 42 pitches in the fourth inning alone, increasing the likelihood that the flame-throwing former reliever won't be able to go deep into the game. Detroit ace Justin Verlander has been his usually dominant self to oppose Feliz, and struck out four batters through his first four innings.
Despite the 3-1 lead, the Tigers have yet to score more than four runs in any of Verlander's starts this season, so it appears he will have to continue to be sharp against a potent Texas lineup to earn his second win of the year.