DETROIT -- It hadn't happened in more than 14 months. And it was the furthest thing from Mike Adams' mind when he unleashed a 1-2 changeup to Brennan Boesch.
Boesch, though, put a good swing on it and lifted the ball into the right-field seats, spoiling Adams' Texas Rangers debut and lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 6-5 victory on a drizzly Tuesday night at Comerica Park.
It was the first home run to a left-handed batter that Adams has allowed since May 18, 2010.
"It's disappointing," Adams said. "The reason they got me was to hold leads, and I didn't do it."
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Adams admitted he was nervous making his Rangers debut. He felt pressure to show his new teammates what he was capable of, saying he might have tried to do too much.
But, as Michael Young and Ron Washington noted, Boesch had an impressive, eight-pitch at-bat.
He fouled off five pitches before Adams made his lone mistake, leaving a changeup high.
"He did what a good hitter does with a changeup up," Adams said. "Hit it and hit it out."
Boesch said he didn't know who Adams was going into the game, but kept his approach the same.
"No disrespect to him, but he wasn't in our league," Boesch said. "I knew he had a good cutter. I saw it a couple times, and then I took some good swings before I hit it out. I just kept battling. Something good was going to happen. It's just one of those feelings you have."
Afterward, Adams admitted how he felt in the game, needing 32 pitches to get through the inning.
"I was nervous, I'm not going to lie about that," Adams said.
"The most nervous I've been in a long time. It's hard to explain. It's not an excuse. I still have to go out there and get the outs."
Adams caught a 7 a.m. flight from San Diego to Detroit earlier in the day, and landed at 2:45 p.m. He spent Monday packing up his home, preparing for the move to Texas.
Nobody in the Rangers' clubhouse is worried about Adams, of course. They all know what he's capable of bringing to the team.
"He's going to be fine," Washington said.
"Anytime we give the ball to Mike, we feel confident," Young said.
Adams came into the game after the Rangers had rallied for three runs in the top of the eighth to tie it at 5-5.
Nelson Cruz belted his 24th homer, a solo shot to left off Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit. Mitch Moreland drew a walk and then Mike Napoli tied it with a two-run blast to right.
It seemed like the Rangers had a chance to come back on the road when trailing after seven for the first time this season, especially with their newly upgraded bullpen.
But it didn't happen.
Starter Colby Lewis struggled in four-plus innings, turning in his shortest outing in more than a month.
Lewis allowed at least two base runners every inning, although he minimized damage in the first three.
The Tigers scored single runs in the second, third and fourth off Lewis, as he stranded six runners along the way.
In the fifth, Detroit loaded the bases to open the inning, ending Lewis' night. He went four-plus, allowing five runs (four earned) with three walks and three strikeouts.
"I didn't have anything," Lewis said. "I was just trying to get outs. My fastball wasn't there. I felt like I needed to nibble more than I'm used to because I didn't have that extra zip on the fastball. Sometimes it worked out, sometimes it didn't."
Detroit starter Max Scherzer had better luck against the Rangers' offense, holding them to two runs on six hits over six innings. But the Rangers stayed in it until the end.
"We played well enough to win that game," Washington said.
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