DETROIT (AP) — Back on the mound in Detroit, Kenny Rogers gave the Tigers another lift.
Rogers allowed one run over six innings in his first home start since shoulder surgery, leading the Tigers over the Texas Rangers 5-2 Thursday.
Rogers (2-0) missed the first 12 weeks of the season after surgery to remove a blood clot from his throwing shoulder. When the left-hander returned last week, he gave up two hits in six shutout innings at Atlanta.
This time, he allowed four hits, struck out three and walked one as Detroit stopped a two-game losing streak and remained a half-game ahead of Cleveland in the AL Central. It was his first start at Comerica Park since Oct. 22, when he pitched eight scoreless innings to win Game 2 of the World Series — the Tigers’ only victory against St. Louis.
Chad Durbin pitched the eighth, and Todd Jones finished with a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 23 chances, completing a seven-hitter.
Gary Sheffield hit a two-run homer, his team-high 18th, in the seventh off reliever Scott Feldman. Carlos Guillen had a two-run single in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 14 games and his string of games with an RBI to 11.
Kevin Millwood (4-7) gave up three runs, five hits and six walks in six innings, striking out six.
Sheffield came home with Detroit’s first run in the fourth on Millwood’s wild pitch, and Guillen’s single boosted the lead to 3-0.
Michael Young’s sixth-inning sacrifice fly ended Rogers’ scoreless streak at 10 1-3 innings, and Sheffield’s homer made it 5-1. Durbin gave up Sammy Sosa’s sacrifice fly.
Notes: Detroit’s Magglio Ordonez extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a fourth-inning single. … The game began 17 minutes late to accommodate the umpiring crew, which arrived shortly before the game began because of difficulty leaving Atlanta.