Minnesota at Detroit

W: J. Santana (9-5) L: J. Johnson (6-8)
HR: MIN - None   DET - C. Monroe (11)

Ace doesn't overpower, but Twins tame Tigers with E's

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

DETROIT -- Johan Santana knew he didn't have his best stuff Thursday night.

Thanks to the sloppy Detroit Tigers, he didn't need it.

Santana lasted just five innings, but the Minnesota Twins took advantage of four Tigers' errors for a 10-5 victory.

The Tigers, who had won nine of 13, also had three wild pitches and a balk to help Minnesota win its third straight.

"That wasn't pretty," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "I've seen this more times than I like."

Santana (9-5) won his second consecutive start, giving up three runs and nine hits while matching his shortest outing of the season -- done two other times. He also threw two wild pitches.

"I didn't have a great performance, but it was good enough tonight," Santana said. "It's a different game when we score runs like that. We've had a lot of one-run games, so this was good to see."

Jason Johnson (6-8) lost at home for just the second time in 11 starts, allowing eight runs -- six earned -- on 10 hits and a wild pitch in four-plus innings. The performance increased Johnson's Comerica Park ERA from 1.95 to 2.58.

"You have to get past this and move on," Johnson said. "It's just one of those nights, and it happened to fall on a night when I was pitching."

Minnesota went up 5-0 in the second with the help of two errors by Detroit.

With runners on first and third and one out, Bret Boone hit an RBI single. Ivan Rodriguez then tried to pick Boone off first, but threw the ball into right field, allowing Jacque Jones to score and Boone to advance to third.

"I had him, but I threw the ball away," Rodriguez said. "If he takes that big of a lead in the next game, I'll get him."

Justin Morneau walked, and Michael Cuddyer made it 3-0 with an infield single.

After Lew Ford grounded out, Nick Punto bunted down the third-base line for an RBI single, and a second run scored when third baseman Brandon Inge's throw sailed past Chris Shelton at first.

"We gave them too many extra opportunities," Trammell said.

Omar Infante's RBI grounder made it 5-1 in the bottom half, but Boone's second RBI single of the game restored the five-run lead in the third.

"I was watching Bret in B.P. and he looked like he was swinging the bat better," said Minnesota hitting coach Scott Ullger, who managed in place of suspended Ron Gardenhire. "On that single, he looked like the Bret Boone of old."

Craig Monroe led off the fourth with what appeared to be a foul ball down the left-field line -- he stopped running -- but third-base umpire Ron Kulpa ruled it a home run.

"I don't make the calls," Monroe said. "From my angle, it looked foul, but I looked at the umpire and he said it was fair. I guess he had a better angle."

Ullger and several Twins fielders immediately protested the call, but although the umpires convened, they did not reverse the ruling.

"I knew it was foul, and everyone but the umpire knew it was foul," Santana said. "They should look at replays."

The Twins added two more runs in the fifth on Johnson's wild pitch and a run-scoring double-play grounder by Boone, but Rondell White's RBI groundout in the bottom half made it 8-3.

Chris Spurling's wild pitch allowed Torii Hunter to score in the seventh and Cuddyer followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Twins a 10-3 lead.

Detroit scored twice off Terry Mulholland in the ninth on Inge's RBI double and a passed ball.


  • Tigers shortstop Kevin Hooper got his first big-league hit in the ninth inning, a single.
  • Brad Radke was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna for arguing Monroe's homer from the dugout.
  • Iassogna warned both dugouts after Punto and Johnson appeared to have words in the fourth.
  • Detroit pitchers Jeremy Bonderman and Kyle Farnsworth both intend to appeal the suspensions they received Thursday for their parts in Sunday's brawl with Kansas City. Bonderman was suspended for five games -- one start -- while Farnsworth received six games for bodyslamming Jeremy Affeldt.
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A smiling Jacque Jones crosses home plate in the second inning after an error by the Tigers.  (AP)
A smiling Jacque Jones crosses home plate in the second inning after an error by the Tigers. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Mauer
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 0

B. Boone
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Minnesota Twins
Lew Ford, DH5000111 .258
Nick Punto, SS6021001 .266
Shannon Stewart, LF5000002 .284
Joe Mauer, C3320201 .311
Torii Hunter, CF4230111 .268
Jacque Jones, RF5220005 .271
Bret Boone, 2B5122005 .228
Justin Morneau, 1B2110300 .250
Michael Cuddyer, 3B4112013 .258
2B - Joe Mauer (14, J. Johnson), Jacque Jones (15, Spurling)
SF - Michael Cuddyer (3)
RBI - Nick Punto (11), Bret Boone 2 (37), Michael Cuddyer 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Punto (4), Bret Boone (9)
Team LOB - 10
PB - Joe Mauer (5)
Minnesota Twins
Johan Santana (W,9-5) 5933031 3.89
Matt Guerrier 3000000 3.53
Terry Mulholland 1321000 4.78
WP - Johan Santana 2 (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 92-63, Matt Guerrier 26-19, Terry Mulholland 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 10-2, Matt Guerrier 4-5, Terry Mulholland 1-2
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 24, Matt Guerrier 9, Terry Mulholland 6
Detroit Tigers
Brandon Inge, 3B5121012 .283
Carlos Guillen, SS4000002 .327
    Kevin Hooper, SS1010000 .200
Chris Shelton, 1B5020001 .357
Magglio Ordonez, RF4110013 .312
Rondell White, DH4011002 .307
Ivan Rodriguez, C3110012 .299
    Vance Wilson, C1000000 .152
Craig Monroe, LF4121000 .281
Omar Infante, 2B4001000 .230
Nook Logan, CF4120001 .275
2B - Brandon Inge (19, Mulholland), Magglio Ordonez (6, Santana)
3B - Nook Logan (4, Mulholland)
HR - Craig Monroe (11, Santana)
RBI - Brandon Inge (45), Rondell White (45), Craig Monroe (57), Omar Infante (32)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Inge (19)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Guillen-Infante-Shelton
E - Kevin Hooper (1, misplayed grounder), Brandon Inge (14, wild throw), Magglio Ordonez (1, misplayed grounder), Ivan Rodriguez (3, wild throw)
Detroit Tigers
Jason Johnson (L,6-8) 41086210 4.14
Chris Spurling 3322210 3.78
Franklyn German 1000200 2.70
Doug Creek 1000110 7.16
IBB - Morneau by Chris Spurling
WP - Jason Johnson (11), Chris Spurling 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Johnson 84-55, Chris Spurling 46-25, Franklyn German 26-11, Doug Creek 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Johnson 7-4, Chris Spurling 6-1, Franklyn German 2-2
Batters Faced - Jason Johnson 24, Chris Spurling 13, Franklyn German 6, Doug Creek 4
Game Information
Attendance - 23769
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Ron Kulpa