Rangers, Rogers stay red-hot

Rangers, Rogers stay red-hot

DETROIT -- Not even the start of a long road trip could cool the hot Texas Rangers' bats or the Gambler's hot streak. The Rangers won their ninth straight game with an 8-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

The bats that had generated 64 runs in eight wins at home continued booming in the first game of a 12-game road trip, as Texas pounded out 15 hits. Kenny Rogers (7-2) continued his winning ways, allowing only a run and three hits in seven innings. He walked a batter and struck out six.

The veteran left-hander won his seventh straight start and lowered his American League-leading ERA to 1.54.

"It's pretty amazing what he's done," said Kevin Mench, who hit a two-run homer. "He's not trying to trick anybody ... just throwing strikes and getting outs."

It was also Rogers' sixth win in May. That sets the team record for most wins by a pitcher in the month. He had shared the old record with Rick Helling.

"He's a pro," said manager Buck Showalter. "He had a good cutter tonight. He got some outs with it."

Mark Teixeira went 3-for-5, missing the cycle by only a homer.

The Rangers went ahead, 1-0, in the first, when Hank Blalock doubled in Teixeira, who had tripled with two out.

But Detroit tied the game in its half of the frame, when Brandon Inge led off with a home run. He drilled the pitch, on the outside part of the plate, to the opposite field and into the right-field stands.

"We saw they were really leaning out over the plate, trying to hit the sinker," said catcher Rod Barajas. "We made an adjustment."

Texas went up, 4-1, in the third on Chad Allen's two-run triple to left-center, which was followed by Barajas' line-drive single to center for a RBI.

Mench's two-out, two-run homer in the fifth made it 6-1 and knocked Tigers' starter Mike Maroth (4-5) out of the game. Maroth gave up six runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

"I got a good pitch to hit," said Mench. "We were able to get some guys on base and get big hits."

The Rangers plated two more in the sixth on Michael Young's run-scoring single and Teixeira's RBI double.

Inge singled in Detroit's second run in the eighth.

Despite the mounting victories, the Rangers say they're not even thinking about the winning streak.

"We just feel we've won tonight, that's it," said Mench. "We don't ever talk about it. Just another game on the schedule."

That's also the way the team has been acting.

"They're grinding like they've lost eight in a row," said Showalter.

Paul Harris is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.