Santiago's First Homer in Four Years Lifts Tigers Over Texas

Verlander earns first win of season
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 11:52 PM CDT
Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander pitches against the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 22, 2008, in Detroit.    (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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(Newser) – Ramon Santiago homered for the first time since 2003 and drove in three runs to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 10-2 on Tuesday night. Magglio Ordonez also homered, giving him 1,000 RBIs for his career, while Edgar Renteria had four hits. Justin Verlander (1-3) struggled early but got out of it with only one run allowed.

 He blanked the Rangers in his last four innings, giving up one more hit, to lower his season ERA to 5.93. Vicente Padilla (2-2) allowed seven runs and eight hits in three innings. Seven of the hits went for extra bases, including three home runs. The Tigers took control with five runs in the third.