The Rangers evened the series 1-1 after winning 8-3 on Tuesday, their third head-to-head victory in five games this season. Reliever Josh Sborz threw two innings to get the win.
Adolis Garcia went 1 for 3 with a home run, two runs, and two RBIs in the win. Ezequiel Duran added a solo home run. Spencer Torkelson was 1 for 4 with a solo home run for the Tigers.
ON THE MOUND
Joey Wentz (1-8, 6.72 ERA) is set for the start for Detroit. The left-hander allowed four runs (three earned) over five innings in his last start, a 4-1 road defeat against the Twins on Friday. He took the loss, scattering five hits while striking out four and walking four.
Wentz has made one previous start against the Rangers this season, a 3-2 home victory on May 31. He surrendered one run on seven hits over 4.1 innings, striking out five and walking one. Righty Dane Dunning (6-1, 2.76 ERA) takes the mound for Texas.
He has made one prior start against the Tigers this season, giving up three runs over five innings in a 3-2 road defeat on May 31. He gave up seven hits and walked one while striking out six in the loss.
In his last start on Friday, Dunning took a no-decision on the road against the Yankees. He threw seven innings and gave up two runs on five hits, striking out two and walking two in the 4-2 win.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Detroit has averaged 3.4 runs a game, a small drop compared to their season average of 3.8. Against right-handed pitchers like Dunning this season, the Tigers have a .653 OPS, second lowest in the league.
Riley Greene is the team’s most potent producer against right-handers with a .834 OPS in 155 at-bats. Texas is averaging only 3.4 runs per game in the last five, down from 5.9 for the season, with their slugging percentage falling to .444 from .455.
The Rangers have a .839 OPS against left-handers in 2023, the second highest in MLB. With a 1.009 OPS over 63 at-bats, Duran has been their best hitter against left-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Detroit is 16-23 away from home in 2023, scoring 3.5 runs per game while allowing 4.4 runs. Texas has gone 25-14 at Globe Life Field this season, averaging 6.3 runs per game while surrendering 4.3.
Detroit is 5-3 in eight games at Globe Life Field between the teams with an average scoreline of 6.6-5.4.
The Tigers are third in the AL Central, four games behind the division-leading Twins. The Rangers lead the AL West by five games over the Angels.
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