From AP REPORTS
DETROIT (AP) - Jim Leyland joked Tuesday that he might take eight of his Detroit Tigers to the All-Star game.
A few hours later, it sounded as though he didn't even think he should be going.
"We got outpitched, outmanaged, outplayed and outhit, and we lost the game," Leyland said in a 20-second postgame news conference after a 9-6 loss to the Texas Rangers. "Good night, everybody."
The Tigers led 3-1 after six innings, but the bullpen and defense collapsed. Texas scored five times in the seventh, helped by two errors, and broke a 6-all tie with three runs in the ninth.
"That was a very exciting baseball game," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "They were up and we were up. I'm just glad we finished the game with the most runs."
Tigers closer Todd Jones (1-4) retired the first two batters in the ninth, but Michael Young walked and Sammy Sosa singled when Jones missed a sign from rookie catcher Mike Rabelo.
"I made a ridiculous mental mistake and blew the game," Jones said. "I let the team down, and I let the skipper down. There's absolutely no excuse for what I did _ I lose my mind when I see other guys do that, and then I do it myself."
Jones did not elaborate on the mistake, but Rabelo indicated that Jones was supposed to step off the rubber and look Young back to first.