Twins, Tigers split 4-game series
By Dan Myers
MINNEAPOLIS — Detroit scored a pair of runs in three straight innings as the Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins 13-4 Sunday at Target Field.
The victory meant a split in the four-game weekend series in Minnesota, and combined with the loss by Kansas City at Texas, moved the Tigers to within two games of the Royals for first place in the American League Central Division.
Detroit pounded out 18 hits Sunday and 60 in the series, the most Minnesota has allowed in a four-game set in franchise history.
Twice, designated hitter Victor Martinez was in the middle of the action, giving the Tigers the lead for good with an RBI single in the fifth inning, then hammering his 25th homer of the season with two outs in the sixth.
Center fielder Rajai Davis added a two-run homer of his own — his seventh — in the seventh inning to make it 9-3.
Right-hander Max Scherzer got the win, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings, improving to 15-4.
Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson was responsible for five runs on eight hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings, dropping to 11-10.
MINNEAPOLIS — Back-to-back two-run innings in the sixth and seventh innings helped lead the Detroit Tigers to an 8-6 win over the Minnesota Twins in game two of a split doubleheader Saturday.
Trailing 4-3 heading to the sixth, the Tigers jumped on Twins right-hander Trevor May for three straight one-out hits, including a two-run single by shortstop Eugenio Suarez, to take the lead for good.
Third baseman Nick Castellanos drove in two more runs in the seventh with an RBI single to right field, giving the Tigers some breathing room at 7-4.
Right-hander Justin Verlander was far from his normal self, allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings of work, but got the win anyway, evening his record at 11-11.
MINNEAPOLIS — For the second straight game, the Minnesota Twins posted a six-run second inning en route to a big 12-4 win over the Detroit Tigers, taking game one of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.
With the game tied at one in the second, the first three men reached base in front of left fielder Jordan Schafer, who cleared the bases with a triple to make it 4-1. Designated hitter Joe Mauer’s two-run double made it 6-1 and first baseman Kennys Vargas added an RBI double of his own to cap the inning.
Trailing 9-1 in the fifth, Detroit strung together three consecutive RBI singles to make it a five-run game, but a bases-loaded double by Vargas in the seventh inning gave him a career-high five RBIs and provided the final margin.
Saturday, right-hander Buck Farmer was only able to get the first four outs for Detroit, which was once again forced to use the bullpen early.