Brennan Boesch hit a solo home run off Mike Adams amid an eighth-inning rain shower sending the Tigers to a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.
Boesch lined his 16th homer of the season over the wall in right field.
Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for Detroit to pick up his 29th save in 29 chances on the year.
Joaquin Benoit blew a 5-2 lead in the top of the eighth, allowing a solo home run to Nelson Cruz and a tying two-run show to Mike Napoli.
The Tigers now lead the American League's Central Division by three games over second-place Cleveland.
The teams play game two of this three-game set at Comerica Park in Detroit on Wednesday with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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