Verlander, Collins lead Tigers past slumping Rangers 7-4

Justin Verlander allowed one run in six innings, and Tyler Collins' three-run home run sparked a five-run fifth inning as the Detroit Tigers beat Texas 7-4 on Monday night, handing the Rangers their third straight loss.

It's Texas' longest losing streak since mid-August. The Rangers went into Monday's play leading the AL West by 2 1/2 games over the Astros, who played later Monday at Seattle.

Verlander (5-8) gave up a leadoff homer to former Detroit teammate Prince Fielder in the fourth. He allowed six hits and walked two while striking out five.

Collins, who graduated from Justin Northwest High School about 45 minutes from Globe Life Park, pulled his fourth homer of the season down the right field line to break a 1-1 tie. The homer followed a leadoff single by Dixon Machado and a double by Anthony Gose.

Colby Lewis (17-9) allowed six runs on 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings, his shortest outing since June 5.

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