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Clark HR Beats Sele, Rangers


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."

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  • Aaron Sele struck out a career-high 13, the most by a Rangers pitcher in seven years, but Tigers starter Dave Mlicki (7-10) allowed four hits in 5 2-3 innings. He helped Detroit end its five-game losing streak against Texas.

    "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."

    Reliever Francisco Cordero struck out four straight Rangers in the sixth and seventh, Doug Brocail threw a scoreless eighth and Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his 18th save.

    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."

    The Rangers completed a season-long homestand at 8-5. Texas held two of its big offensive stars out of the starting lineup, Juan Gonzalez and Ivan Rodriguez.

    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.

    Notes

  • Detroit's Damion Easley was hit by a pitch in the first, his 18th HBP this season. The Tigers have a total of 59, three short of the team record set last season.
  • Detroit is 9-17 since the All-Star break.
  • Tigers outfielder Bobby Higginson was in Birmingham, Ala., on Thursday for an appointment with foot specialist Dr. John Gould. Higginson has been on the disabled list since July 24.
  • Texas is 20-7 since the All-Star break.
  • Texas lost when allowing fewer than four runs for the first time since May 21.
  • Clark has 11 homers since the All-Star break.

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