Another Rangers romp: Texas beats Detroit 12-4

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“It’s good to get him early,” Rios said. “The earlier you get him, the better shape you’re going to be in at the end of the game.”

Choice broke a 1-all tie with a second-inning homer off Verlander, and after a double by Chirinos, Rougned Odor dropped a bunt that Verlander threw away for an error, allowing a run to score.

Texas led 3-2 in the fifth when Shin-Soo Choo led off with a walk and went to third when Elvis Andrus’ grounder went past shortstop Andrew Romine for another Detroit error. Moreland and Beltre followed with consecutive RBI singles, and a two-run triple by Rios made it 7-2.

Chirinos singled home Rios two outs later.

The Rangers tacked on three runs in the seventh to make it 12-2 on RBI singles by Andrus, Moreland and Beltre. Cabrera came out of the game after singling in the bottom of that inning, and to make matters worse for Detroit, reliever Joba Chamberlain left in the eighth with a right ankle contusion.

The Rangers finished with 17 hits, bringing their total for the last two games of the series to 36 - with 14 for extra bases.

NOTES: Even Sunday’s time of game was the same as the day before: 3 hours, 43 minutes. … Choo, who left Saturday’s game with a sore left ankle, was back in the Texas lineup a day later but as the designated hitter. … Detroit 2B Ian Kinsler extended his hitting streak to 11 games. … The Tigers head to Oakland for a four-game series between the teams with the two best records in the AL. Detroit LHP Drew Smyly (2-2) faces Oakland LHP Tommy Milone (2-3) on Monday. … Texas heads to Minnesota, with RHP Nick Tepesch (1-0) taking the mound Monday against Twins RHP Kevin Correia (2-5).

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