Alfredo Simon allowed only one hit in his first career shutout, and Detroit scored three times in five innings against Martin Perez en route to a 4-0 victory over the Texas Rangers to open a four-game series at Comerica Park.
Rougned Odor had the lone Rangers hit, avoiding the tag at second base for a two-out double in the fifth. Mitch Moreland, one of five Rangers base runners, was robbed of a hit to start the inning.
Perez was lucky to allow only three runs after dealing with bases-loaded jams in the first and third innings.
Pitching: Perez struggled with his command over most of his five innings, but still left having allowed only three runs. … He needed 36 pitches in the first, 29 after retiring the first two hitters, but allowed only one run despite allowing four straight batters to reach. After an easy second, the Tigers loaded the bases with one out but again came away with only one run. … Nick Castellanos drove in each run, on a single in the first and a sacrifice fly in the third. … Ian Kinsler started fifth with a triple and scored as the next batter, Miguel Cabrera, singled sharply to center. … After Spencer Patton worked a scoreless sixth inning, the Tigers scored once against native Michigander in the seventh. Bass went to nearby Wayne State.
Hitting: The Rangers didn’t have a hit until the fifth inning, when Rougned Odor avoided the tag at second base for a two-out double. Newcomer Will Venable followed with a walk. ... Their only base runner before that had been Mitch Moreland, who reached on a Kinsler error in the second. … Shin-Soo Choo took a walk in the sixth and reached on an error in the ninth. He has reached base in each of his 25 starts since the All-Star break.
Notable: First-pitch temperature was 70 degrees, only four degrees cooler than the official high at DFW Airport. … Prince Fielder was booed lustily before each of his plate appearances in his first game at Comerica Park since he fell out of favor with the Tigers fan base in 2013. He was traded for Kinsler in November 2013.