Fister (6-5, 4.07 ERA) has gone 0-1 with a 7.66 ERA over his last four outings while Grimm (7-6, 5.88) is 2-1 with a 7.00 mark in that same span.
Fister gave up exactly six runs for the third time in four outings Sunday and walked a season-high three over six innings, although he escaped without a decision in a 9-6 loss at Cleveland.
"I've got to fix that," Fister told the Tigers' official website. "I can't do that. I have to attack guys like I've done in the past."
Grimm allowed four runs over four innings of a 5-4 victory over Houston on Sunday. He has a 9.00 ERA over his last seven outings, surrendering 10 homers in 33 innings.
Fister has gone 2-4 with a 6.00 ERA in eight starts against Texas (53-39). Beltre is 8 for 17 against him and Cruz 8 for 19.
Beltre is batting .451 with six homers and 12 RBIs during a 13-game hitting streak while Cruz is at .340 with two home runs and 10 RBIs over his last 12 contests.
Grimm allowed two runs over 6 2-3 innings to earn a 7-2 victory over Detroit on May 18. His only other start against the Tigers came in his second major league appearance, as he gave up six runs and was chased in the second inning of an 8-2 defeat June 25, 2012.
Cabrera is 3 for 5 against Grimm and Martinez has a double in two at-bats.
Cabrera is hitting .398 with 12 homers and 25 RBIs over his last 25 contests while Martinez is batting .453 during a 13-game streak.
The Rangers took three of four from the Tigers (50-41) from May 16-19. Beltre went 8 for 16, Elvis Andrus was 7 for 16 and Mitch Moreland drove in a team-high six runs. Moreland, though, is 1 for 12 against Fister.
Cruz is hitting .241 with one home run in 14 games against the Tigers since homering six times and driving in 13 runs in the 2011 ALCS.
Cabrera, the first player to reach 30 homers and 90 RBIs before the All-Star break, is 9 for 16 with team highs of three homers and six RBIs in this season series.
The Tigers have dropped five of six at home after losing two of three to the White Sox this week.
The Rangers scored 16 runs in winning the first two games in Baltimore this week before totaling two in dropping the final two of the set.
"To split after winning the first two games is not the way we wanted to go," infielder Ian Kinsler told the Rangers' official website.
|July 10, 2013||Yu Darvish||Day-to-Day||Strained upper back|
|July 07, 2013||Lance Berkman||15-Day DL||Left hip inflammation|
|July 07, 2013||Yu Darvish||15-Day DL||Upper back strain|
|July 06, 2013||Nick Tepesch||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|June 21, 2013||Craig Gentry||15-Day DL||Fractured left hand|
|June 13, 2013||Jeff Baker||15-Day DL||Sprained right thumb|
|July 07, 2013||Darin Downs||15-Day DL||Left rotator cuff tendinitis|
|July 04, 2013||Omar Infante||15-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|July 03, 2013||Omar Infante||Day-to-Day||Left game - left shin|
|June 20, 2013||Matt Tuiasosopo||15-Day DL||Strained left intercostal|
|June 20, 2013||Matt Tuiasosopo||15-Day DL||Strained left intercostal|
|June 17, 2013||Alex Avila||15-Day DL||Left forearm contusion|
DETROIT (AP) -- Victor Martinez tried to be patient, hoping it was only a matter of time before his bat would start to look like a major threat again.
Now, he's downplaying what's been a terrific July so far.
"Been more lucky I think," Martinez said. "I've been definitely putting good swings, putting good at-bats, and finally balls have started falling."
Martinez extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI double in the second inning, and the Detroit Tigers went on to a 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night. Martinez also drew a bases-loaded walk in the first, when the Tigers scored five runs to break the game open early.
The Tigers scored four runs before making an out when their first six hitters reached base off Texas rookie Justin Grimm (7-7). Grimm held Detroit to two runs in 6 2-3 innings in a May outing, but the right-hander didn't fare nearly as well this time.
"We didn't know much about him (in May), and we were taking pitches, he was getting ahead in the count," Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter said. "This time we just had a different attack plan, and went out there and we swung the bats, and we got him early."
Doug Fister (7-5) allowed two runs in the fourth but was otherwise sharp for Detroit.
Hunter, Prince Fielder , Jhonny Peralta and Austin Jackson had two hits apiece for the Tigers, and Martinez improved his average in July to .438.
Martinez got off to a slow start after missing all of 2012 with a knee injury, but his season average is up to .261 now.
"I think the biggest key is these teammates I've got. They've been sticking with me," he said. "I really believe that when I'm healthy, I can really help this team win ballgames."
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly for his 95th RBI of the year.
A.J. Pierzynski homered and had three hits for the Rangers.
Jackson and Hunter started the bottom of the first with back-to-back doubles for a 1-0 lead, and after a walk to Cabrera and a single by Fielder, Martinez drew a walk to force in a run.
Peralta followed with a two-run double to make it 4-0. After Andy Dirks struck out, Alex Avila 's single scored Martinez.
Jackson led off with a single in the second, and after advancing to third on a single by Hunter, he scored on Cabrera's flyout.
One out later, Martinez doubled to left. The relay home appeared to beat Hunter, but the Detroit baserunner got his hand in with a nice slide.
"I've been doing that for a while," Hunter said jokingly. "That's just athletic ability, instincts. Everybody's not born with it, I'm sorry."
Grimm allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings. Just when the right-hander appeared to be settling in finally, he had to come out of the game in the fourth because of a sore right forearm.
"We'll have to see, but that was his last start before the break, so we'll have some time to get him OK," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Fister allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Texas scored twice in the fourth on a solo homer by Pierzynski and an RBI single by Jurickson Profar . But the Rangers left the bases loaded that inning and never got a better chance to get back in the game.
Detroit was coming off a heated 6-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox in which reliever Luke Putkonen and manager Jim Leyland were ejected amid a bench-clearing altercation in the sixth inning. Leyland was more than ready to move on Friday, and the Tigers wasted little time delighting the home crowd in this matchup of the teams that have represented the American League in the World Series for the last three years.
Bruce Rondon , Detroit's hard-throwing rookie reliever, came on to replace Fister and got four straight outs. He fanned Nelson Cruz on a 100-mph fastball to end the Texas seventh.
Drew Smyly relieved Rondon and got four outs for the Tigers, and Joaquin Benoit came on in a non-save situation and struck out Cruz with men on first and third to end it.
NOTES: Fielder's dribbler up the third-base line in the seventh resulted in a rare infield single for the Detroit slugger, in part because of a defensive shift. ... Texas 3B Adrian Beltre had his hitting streak snapped at 13 games. ... The Rangers signed LHP Sal Mendez, their 40th-round draft pick this year. ... Detroit's Max Scherzer (13-0) takes the mound Saturday night against Derek Holland (7-4) of Texas.