Rangers rough up Verlander in 12-4 win

05/25/2014 3:52 PM

05/25/2014 3:53 PM

Mitch Moreland went 3 for 5 with three RBIs on Sunday, Michael Choice homered and Alex Rios had a two-run triple and three RBIs as the Rangers pounded Justin Verlander en route to a 12-4 victory over Detroit.

The Rangers won three of the four games at Comerica Park and pushed their record back to .500 at 25-25. They scored 35 runs in the series and collected 57 hits to move within five games of first-place Oakland in the AL West.

The offense came in support of Colby Lewis, who allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings to improve to 4-3 in his comeback season. He languished in the first two innings, throwing 50 pitches and allowing both runs, before finishing at 108 pitches.

The Rangers scored in the first at Rios beat out a two-out chopper to plate Shin-Soo Choo, and Choice started the second with a towering drive to left field. Robinson Chirinos followed with the first of his two doubles, and scored as Verlander threw wildly to first on a bunt by Rougned Odor.

Detroit countered with a run apiece in the first and second, but the Rangers started to pull away as the first five batters reached and scored in the fifth. They scored again in the sixth on a double Moreland after the Rangers successfully challenged that his floater caught the left-field line.

Elvis Andrus, Moreland and Adrian Beltre had singles in the seventh as the lead stretched to 12-2. Beltre and Chirinos joined Moreland with three hits.

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