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PHOENIX -- The last 24 hours werent easy on the Phoenix Suns, but they pulled together and got a win.The team landed at 3 a.m. from a close loss at Portland on Tuesday night, having already learned before that game that center Tyson Chandlers mother had died. Chandler was away from the team Wednesday as well.They trailed by as many as 11 points, but Eric Bledsoe scored 14 of his 21 in the fourth quarter to help the Suns to a 107-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.Bledsoe added 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Suns (3-6), who got a season-high 19 points off the bench from Jared Dudley. Alex Len added 16 points and 14 rebounds.The guys came out and they played for a bigger purpose beyond basketball, coach Earl Watson said.My team needed me, Bledsoe said. All of us are a family. You dont ever want to see one of your brothers go down like that.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons (4-4) with a season-high 27 points, making 5 of 10 3-point attempts, but he missed a potential tying 3 with 1:35 to play and the Suns up 99-96. Andre Drummond added 18 points and 14 rebounds.The Pistons went on a 14-0 run between the end of the third quarter and early in the fourth to take an 87-81 lead. Former Sun Jon Leuer scored six of the points and finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.Phoenix went back ahead 92-90 when Dudley fed Len for a dunk with 5:02 to play. Dudleys fourth 3 of the game made it 99-93.Thats been my role the last couple of years, the trailing jump shot, Dudley said. Once you hit one, your teammates start looking for you.The Pistons led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter and 28-19 going into the second. Caldwell-Pope scored nine points in the first.The Suns made only 6 of 22 shots in the first quarter.Phoenix rallied in the second quarter, going on a 16-4 run. Dudley then knocked down three 3s as part of his 15 points in the quarter and gave the Suns a 49-47 lead with 3:17 left.Suns leading scorer Devin Booker didnt make his first field goal until early in the third quarter, but his three-point play with 6:15 to go gave the Suns a 66-60 lead.Booker had scored 100 points in his previous three games. He had 11 on Wednesday.Len had seven points in the third quarter, two on a power move inside to give the Suns a 78-69 lead at the 1:02 mark. But Caldwell-Pope hit a 26-footer at the third-quarter buzzer to cut the Suns lead to 81-76.We couldnt get stops the last of the fourth quarter, Caldwell-Pope said. We just kept trading baskets and that wasnt what we wanted to do.TIP-INSPistons: G Reggie Jackson remained out with a left knee injury ... F Marcus Morris, a former Sun, was roundly booed when introduced as a starter and when he touched the ball. He did have the dunk of the night in the second quarter when he flew in for a one-handed slam.Suns: Len recorded his first double-double of the season. ... The Suns bench totaled 41 points, compared to 21 for Detroit.VAN GUNDY RIPS TRUMPPistons coach Stan Van Gundy went on a near 6-minute rant about the election of Donald Trump before Wednesdays game. I dont think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynist and ethnocentric, and say thats OK, were going to vote for him anyway, Van Gundy told reporters. We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus.Van Gundy said what the country has done to women and minorities in electing Trump is despicable, and that hed never been ashamed of the United States until Wednesday.LOVE FOR BOOKERVan Gundy said a case can be made that Booker is the best player in his draft class at present. He doesnt have a lot of holes in his offensive game at all, Van Gundy said.WINLESS ON THE ROADDetroit is 0-4 on the road this season. Were not bringing enough at either end of the floor so weve got to get it changed around, Van Gundy said.BACK-TO-BACK AT HOMEThe Suns won consecutive home games for the first time since Dec. 13 and 18 of last season.UP NEXTPistons: At San Antonio on Friday night.Suns: Host Brooklyn on Saturday night. Rickard Rakell Jersey . "We have always prided ourselves on the way we play defence. Having two big pieces back is going to be a key for us moving forward for years to come," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. Ducks Jerseys From China . Speaking to the Chicago Tribune at baseballs Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Boras called the former home of the Expos a "tremendous environment" for baseball. http://www.cheapducksjerseyschina.com/josh-manson-jersey/ . 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Martinez homered among three hits apiece in a 7-0 victory over the Rangers on Sunday.Fulmers gem came a day after Matt Boyd, not too far removed from rookie status himself, threw seven scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over Texas ace lefty Cole Hamels.Lets dont take away from what two guys have been able to do on the mound, Banister said. When youve got good stuff and you can execute, you can make any hitter make an out. I think thats more the case the last two nights.Still, the Rangers have been shut out an AL-high four times since the All-Star break. And that includes two weeks since the trade-deadline boost of catcher Jonathan Lucroy and designated hitter Carlos Beltran.Its going to happen man, Beltran said. Baseball is a game of ups and downs. We feel that we have a good team and we feel that were going to be able to bounce back.Fulmer (10-3) retired 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced as Detroit kept the AL West-leading Rangers scoreless over the final 21 innings of the three-game series.The 23-year-old right-hander, who topped his previous longest outing of eight innings in a no-decision against Kansas City, allowed just four singles a day after Boyd limited the Rangers to two hits and Texas finished with three.What I learned was that they were an aggressive team against him, Fulmer, the AL rookie leader in wins, said after striking out nine -- two off his career best -- with no walks. I just looked to make quality pitches on 0-0 counts and early in the count and try to get grounders and weak pop-ups.Ian Kinsler added a solo shot against A.J. Griffin (5-2) after striking out his first three times against the Texas right-hander. Miguel Cabrera hit his team-leading 27th homer in the ninth.ddddddddddddFulmers streak of 13 straight retired ended with Nomar Mazaras single leading off the ninth. But Fulmer finished by getting the top of the Texas order -- Shin-Soo Choo, Ian Desmond and Beltran -- on his way to a career-high 112 pitches.Victor Martinez started the scoring with a two-run shot in the fourth, and J.D. Martinez hit his 100th career homer to knock out Griffin and give the Tigers a 6-0 lead in the seventh.Griffin allowed 11 hits and six runs with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings, his second-longest outing of the season. He gave up at least one homer for the 10th straight game, the longest single-season streak for the Rangers since reliever Joaquin Benoit in 2003.BOPPING BELTREThe 37-year-old third baseman extended his hitting streak to eight games with two singles, giving him multiple hits in seven of those games. Its his third streak of at least eight games this season. The longest was a 10-gamer from June 21 to July 1.SHORT HOPSOn Saturday, Hamels gave up two runs on 14 hits, which was a career high and tied the Texas record. According to the Rangers, hes the first pitcher to allow 14 or more hits and two or fewer runs since John Dopson for Montreal in July 1988. ... Texas lefty reliever Alex Claudios streak of 10 1/3 scoreless innings ended on Cabreras homer.TRAINERS ROOMRangers: LHP Derek Holland (left shoulder inflammation) has another rehab outing with Triple-A Round Rock on Monday and is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list Saturday.UP NEXTTigers: LHP Daniel Norris (1-0, 4.00 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at home against Kansas City. He had a no-decision in his only career start against the Royals last August.Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (7-8, 4.22) goes in the opener of a three-game home series against AL West rival Oakland. He is 0-4 with a 5.77 ERA in his past eight starts. 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