MLB: Twins blast Tigers
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins scored a season-high in runs and pounded out 20 hits in a 20-6 white-washing of the Detroit Tigers Friday night at Target Field.
The loss for Detroit, combined with Kansas City’s 6-3 win at Texas, moved the Tigers to a season-high 2 1/2 games behind the Royals for first place in the American League Central Division standings.
But right now, the Tigers have more immediate concerns.
Detroit cycled through eight pitchers — including infielder Andrew Romine in the ninth — ahead of a doubleheader between the teams on Saturday and a day game Sunday.
Detroit actually led first in the game, getting a leadoff home run from second baseman Ian Kinsler to start the game.
But Minnesota rallied for six runs and sent 11 men to the plate in a marathon second inning that gave the Twins the lead for good.
It wasn’t even their biggest inning of the night.
The Twins scored nine more in the sixth inning, sending 14 runners to the plate. Eight different players scored a run for Minnesota in the sixth, in a frame that tied their biggest one-inning outburst of the season.
But the fireworks display wasn’t over yet.
Minnesota scored twice more in the seventh and hit back-to-back homers off Romine in the eighth to reach 20 runs for the first time since May 21, 2009.
Tigers lefty Robbie Ray (1-4) took the loss, allowing the first six runs on six hits over only 35 pitches and 1 1/3 innings.Minnesota left-hander Tommy Milone got the start but did not last long enough for the win.