Colby Lewis tossed seven scoreless innings Friday, and Will Venable had an RBI double and threw out a runner at the plate as the Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 at Comerica Park.
The Rangers had only five hits a night after they were one-hit, but Venable’s two-out double in the second and Prince Fielder’s sacrifice fly in the third proved to be enough against Justin Verlander.
Pitching: Lewis is a 14-game winner, thanks in part to three double plays that helped keep him around for seven scoreless innings. The first came in the third with the bases loaded and one out, a Tyler Collins grounder to shortstop. The sixth ended on a double play, a Victor Martinez liner into the shift in right field and, after nearly fives minutes of review, a throw to second to catch Miguel Cabrera. After J.D. Martinez reached in the seventh, Nick Castellanos bounced into a double play. … It wasn’t just the smoke and mirrors of double plays for Lewis, who walked only one batter. He hit one to set up the third-inning mess, and he also had only two strikeouts. … He got a nice assist from Venable defensively. He threw out Cabrera at home to end the fourth. … Keone Kela worked a perfect eighth. ... Shawn Tolleson allowed a leadoff double to Cabrera, but struck out both Martinezes and Nick Castellanos to end it.
Hitting: The Rangers didn’t do much at the plate against Verlander, who allowed two runs in seven innings. Will Venable drove in the first with his first hit with the Rangers, an opposite-field double after taking a close 2-2 pitch to score Elvis Andrus. … Prince Fielder drove in a run in the third with a sacrifice fly that scored Delino DeShields a few pitches after he had gone from first to third on an errant Verlander pickoff throw. After the third, the Rangers had only one more hit against Verlander, an Andrus double just past third base.
Notable: The game was delayed around eight minutes in the bottom of the eighth after a fan was struck by a hard foul ball just over the Tigers’ dugout. The female fan was taken up to the concourse in a chair while wearing a neck brace but appeared to be alert.