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Homers back Verlander
Tigers 5, Rangers 1
Magglio Ordonez and Gary Sheffield both homered on Wednesday night. (Duane Burleson/AP)
 Sheffield's two-run homer
 Ordonez's three-run homer
Justin Verlander struck out seven in seven innings while giving up only one run to pick up his 17th win of the season, as the Tigers kept pace in the American League Wild Card race. Both Gary Sheffield and Magglio Ordonez hit home runs to lead the Tigers to the series win over Texas.
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Series at a glance:
TEX
Texas (69-76)
Lost 2
Detroit 5, Texas 1   DET
Detroit (80-67)
Won 2
September 12, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 7 0
Detroit
2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 X   5 8 0
Standings thru 9/12/07  |  Gameday  |  Rangers Stats  |  Tigers Stats
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Catalanotto, LF4000020.272
Kinsler, 2B4000020.273
Young, SS3120100.310
Byrd, CF4020001.312
Blalock, DH4000014.291
Murphy, RF4031010.410
Laird, C3000015.217
  a-Wilkerson, PH1000010.235
Saltalamacchia, 1B3000021.261
Vazquez, 3B3000000.239
Totals3317111011 

a-Struck out for Laird in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Young (35, Verlander).
TB: Young 3; Byrd 2; Murphy 3.
RBI: Murphy (10).
2-out RBI: Murphy.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Laird 2.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Young-Kinsler-Saltalamacchia, Kinsler-Young-Saltalamacchia 2).

 
DetroitABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Granderson, CF3000120.301
Polanco, 2B3210101.344
Sheffield, DH3222110.272
Ordonez, RF3113102.358
Guillen, 1B4020020.296
Rodriguez, C4000023.284
Perez, LF3010000.407
  Clevlen, LF0000000.000
Inge, 3B3010000.244
Santiago, SS3000002.233
Totals29585478 

BATTING
2B: Polanco (33, Volquez).
HR: Sheffield (25, 1st inning off Volquez, 1 on, 1 out), Ordonez (27, 6th inning off Volquez, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Polanco 2; Sheffield 5; Ordonez 4; Guillen 2; Perez; Inge.
RBI: Sheffield 2 (74), Ordonez 3 (132).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Santiago.
GIDP: Rodriguez 2; Ordonez.
Team LOB: 4.

 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Volquez (L, 2-1)6.07554624.24
Mendoza 2.01000100.00
 
DetroitIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Verlander (W, 17-5)7.07111703.47
Zumaya 1.00000004.18
Jones 1.00000304.40

Pitches-strikes: Volquez 96-59, Mendoza 19-14, Verlander 106-72, Zumaya 8-7, Jones 15-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: Volquez 8-4, Mendoza 4-1, Verlander 5-8, Zumaya 1-2, Jones 0-0.
Batters faced: Volquez 27, Mendoza 6, Verlander 28, Zumaya 3, Jones 3.
Umpires: HP: Bill Miller. 1B: Marvin Hudson. 2B: Ed Montague. 3B: Jerry Layne.
Weather: 62 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, Varies.
T: 2:14.
Att: 32,490.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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