For a change, the Detroit Tigers avoided the big mistake.
The Tigers limited Texas' dangerous lineup to five hits and Tony Clark had a homer among his three hits as Detroit beat the Rangers 3-1 Thursday night.
"For the most part this season we've been able to battle for five or six innings," Clark said. "But then we always seem to fall apart. Tonight we got good starting pitching, a good night from the bullpen and a few clutch hits. That's exactly the way you draw it up."
"I didn't have my best stuff," said Mlicki, who's won four of his last six decisions. "I had to battle all night against a very good lineup. I've been trying not to overthrow. Earlier in the season I was trying to throw the perfect pitch."
Sele (12-7) pitched seven innings and had the most strikeouts for Texas since Roger Pavlik fanned 13 against Seattle on Aug. 7, 1992.
"It's a shame that he came out and gave us a chance to win and we couldn't do anything with it," said Texas' Roberto Kelly.
Sele had his five-game winninstreak stopped. He allowed three runs and eight hits.
"Strikeouts don't matter," Sele said. "We lost the game."
Gonzalez missed his second straight game with a strained hamstring and Rodriguez struck out as a pinch-hitter with a runner on base to end the game.
"Take those two out of the lineup and obviously they're not as good," Mlicki said. "Even with them out, you can't make mistakes against that lineup."
Juan Encarnacion's run-scoring single in the first and Clark's 19th homer in the third gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Bill Haselman's run-scoring single in the sixth extended Detroit's lead to 3-0.
Texas broke up Mlicki's shutout bid on Lee Stevens' sacrifice fly in the sixth.
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