Kinsler homers in return to Texas

STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Published:

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Ian Kinsler had quite a greeting for his former team, one not well-received by some.

Kinsler homered in the first at-bat of his return to Texas as an opponent, then waved at the Rangers dugout while beginning his trot around the bases, and the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers went to win 8-2 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.

"It was nothing personal at all. I was just saying 'Hi'," Kinsler said, insisting he was motioning to no one in particular. "I mean, it was my return home, and get lucky enough to square one up like that and have it go over the fence, it was a good feeling. I was just having fun."

Kinsler spent the first eight seasons of his career in Texas before being traded for Prince Fielder in a swap of All-Stars last winter. He got more cheers than boos when he was introduced in the first inning, then sent a pitch by Colby Lewis (5-5) into the left-field seats for his ninth homer.

"I love Kins, I'm just a little bit disappointed," Lewis said of the second baseman's wave, though there was no apparent reaction at the time from those in the dugout.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said he had no comment about Kinsler.

J.D. Martinez had a tiebreaking two-run shot off Lewis that made it 3-1, and started a five-run outburst by the Tigers in the seventh.

Boos were more prevalent during Kinsler's last four plate appearances -- a popout, groundout and a strikeout before he added a two-run single in the eighth.

"It was funny, because it seemed like that with every at-bat, it went from mixed boos and cheers to more boos every at-bat deeper in the game for him," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I'm sure that the Rangers fans appreciate what he did. He was an All-Star here and they went to the World Series."

Adrian Beltre went 4 for 4 for Texas, pushing his career total to 2,503 hits, but the Rangers have a season-worst, six-game losing streak.

Martinez's eighth homer of the season came a pitch after Victor Martinez doubled. Lewis was gone after a single by Austin Jackson.

Reliever Ben Rowen then gave up three consecutive hits, including RBI singles by Alex Avila and Rajai Davis, and Victor Martinez drew a bases-loaded walk off Shawn Tolleson.

Drew Smyly (4-6) allowed only one unearned run over six innings. He never trailed after the Kinsler homer.

"That's awesome. I bet he's loving that," Smyly said. "He set the tone, got us on the board early and then from there it was a good game until the seventh, and we were able to get some big hits and break it open."

A week after signing a minor league deal, Carlos Pena was called up from Triple-A Round Rock earlier Tuesday and went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.

The first baseman was a first-round draft pick by the Rangers in 1998 and made his major league debut late in the 2001 season before being traded that winter. Only Sammy Sosa (1989 to 2007) went longer between games for Texas.


CHICAGO -- The list includes Ted Kluszewski, George Crowe, Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey Jr., and Adam Dunn, and that part meant something to Devin Mesoraco. The home run itself, well, it just made the score a little closer.

Mesoraco homered for the fifth straight game, connecting for a solo shot in the ninth inning of Cincinnati's 7-3 loss at the Chicago Cubs.

"It was late in the game. All the other homers were to help the team win, and important, big homers," he said. "They actually meant a lot. That one didn't really help us come back, so it doesn't mean as much."

Mesoraco matched a franchise record for most consecutive games with a home run when he went deep against Neil Ramirez. Kluszewski (1954), Crowe (1957), Bench (1972), Griffey (2003) and Dunn (2008) also hold the mark.

The Cubs used an outstanding outing by Jake Arrieta to stop a three-game losing streak. Arrieta retired his first 18 batters and struck out nine in seven impressive innings.


MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Zimmerman's two-run home run in the 16th inning lifted the Washington Nationals to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.


TAMPA BAY --Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs, Jeff Locke pitched into the eighth inning, and Pittsburgh beat Tampa Bay.


TORONTO -- Jose Reyes atoned for a pair of misplays by hitting a leadoff double in the ninth inning and scoring when Yankees third baseman Yangervis Solarte threw away a bunt, lifting Toronto past New York.


BALTIMORE -- Jose Quintana allowed one run in seven innings, Gordon Beckham homered and Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak.


NEW YORK -- Slumping outfielder Chris Young homered twice, Travis d'Arnaud hit a three-run shot in his return from a demotion and the towel-waving New York Mets roughed up Scott Kazmir and Oakland.


PHILADELPHIA -- Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer, David Buchanan threw five effective innings and Philadelphia beat Miami.


HOUSTON -- Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton tied the major league record for brothers homering in the same game as teammates, accomplishing the feat for the fourth time, to lead Atlanta past Houston.


SEATTLE -- Kyle Seager had an RBI double in the first inning and hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Boston starter Jake Peavy as Seattle won its fifth straight.


SAN FRANCISCO -- Alexi Amarista drove in three runs on three hits and San Diego handed stumbling San Francisco its 12th loss in 15 games.


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mike Trout hit a tiebreaking two-run homer after Los Angeles and Minnesota exchanged five-run innings, and the Angels went on to get their fourth straight victory.


DENVER -- Justin Morneau hit a three-run homer and drove in six runs as Colorado snapped a seven-game losing streak.

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