Tigers manager Jim Leyland greets Austin Jackson after Jackson scored on a double by Miguel Cabrera. / Paul Moseley/MCT
ARLINGTON, Tex. (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - The Detroit Tigers scored five runs in the first inning and went on to beat the Texas Rangers, 8-2, tonight in Arlington.
Miguel Cabrera led the Tigers offensive attack, driving in three runs. Jhonny Peralta had two RBIs.
Detroit chased Texas rookie Justin Grimm from the game after one-plus innings.
Rick Porcello (5-5) pitched six innings, allowing one earned run and picking up the win.
Josh Hamilton provided the scoring for Texas with a two-run home run in the seventh.
The Tigers picked up a full game on the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central and now stand two games out of first. Chicago lost at Minnesota, 4-1. The Indians, who were beaten by the Yankees, 7-1, are in second place, a half-game back.
BY LEE SNIDER/DETROIT FREE PRESS