Rangers show they can strike quick with big 8th

After being held scoreless by Verlander, Texas plates seven in one inning

Rangers show they can strike quick with big 8th

DETROIT -- The Rangers could do very little against Tigers starter Justin Verlander.

Then again, they didn't need to.

After being held scoreless for seven innings with just three hits off Verlander on Sunday, the Rangers erupted for seven runs in the eighth against the Tigers' bullpen to pull off an 8-3 comeback win at Comerica Park.

"It was a real fun inning for us," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Really, after getting nothing early."

It was a big win for the Rangers, who completed the three-game series sweep in Detroit to finish 4-3 on their road trip -- after losing three straight in Toronto, including two in walk-off fashion.

"It's a huge lift for our guys to go home with a winning road trip after those three losses," Banister said.

It was also a big game for Bobby Wilson, who highlighted Texas' rally with a go-ahead grand slam, the first of his career, against the team that traded him back to Texas a week ago.

Wilson's tiebreaking grand slam

"No, I can't," said Wilson, when asked if he can describe his roller-coaster month. "It's too much. It's been a lot of travel. But it's been very satisfying to come back here and play well."

The seven runs in a single inning were a season high for the Rangers, who are no stranger to piecing together big frames this year. In fact, the Rangers' seven-run outburst marked a Major League leading eighth time they've scored five-plus runs in an inning.

"Any time you can put up a crooked number, it's a big deal," Wilson said. "This is big league pitching. It's tough to scratch out crooked numbers in innings against these guys."

Delino DeShields followed Wilson's home run with one of his own off former Rangers reliever Mark Lowe to cap the seven-run inning.

DeShields' solo homer to left

"To do it in that fashion, especially with Verlander on the mound, it was big," DeShields said. "We stayed positive, and we knew that if we got a couple guys on base, we were capable of coming back and winning the game."

And they did just that.

"We have the ability to break out against any team," DeShields said. "To do it like that, and finish out the series like that, it was pretty fun."

James Schmehl is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.