Minnesota at Detroit

W: M. Maroth (8-10) L: J. Mays (5-5)
HR: MIN - J. Castro (4), J. Jones (12)   DET - None

Tigers 12, Twins 6

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

DETROIT -- Craig Monroe learned you can't always judge the kind of game you're going to have by batting practice.

He had a career-high five hits and tied his career best with six RBI, leading the Detroit Tigers past the Minnesota Twins 12-6 on Friday night.

Detroit had a season-high 18 hits, including three doubles by Monroe, and combined to score nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Monroe had a three-run double in the fifth and doubled in two more runs in the sixth.

"I had the worst batting practice that I could ever think about," Monroe said. "And I came in here (the clubhouse) pouting."

He said he talked to hitting coach Kirk Gibson and looked at tapes of himself from 2003 and 2004.

Monroe, who leads the Tigers with 63 RBI, also stopped worrying so much about his technique.

"I just focused on trying to see the ball," he said. "I get caught up, sometimes, in my mechanics."

Juan Castro homered and drove in a career-high four runs, and Jacque Jones homered for Minnesota.

Mike Maroth (8-10) got the win despite allowing six runs and eight hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

"It didn't take much on my part, with all of the offense we had," Maroth said.

Joe Mays (5-5) gave up a season-high eight runs -- seven earned -- and 10 hits in four-plus innings. He walked two and struck out two.

"I just didn't do my job, that's the bottom line," Mays said.

He was chased in the fifth when the Tigers broke a 3-all tie with five runs.

Dmitri Young's RBI single scored Chris Shelton to make it 4-3. After an error by second baseman Bret Boone allowed Ivan Rodriguez to reach base and load the bases, Monroe hit a double to center field to score all three runners.

Mays was then replaced by Terry Mulholland, who balked Monroe to third and allowed Omar Infante's RBI single.

Minnesota got within 8-6 on a three-run double by Castro, but Detroit added four more in the sixth on Rodriguez's sacrifice fly, Monroe's two-run double and Curtis Granderson's RBI triple.

"At 8-6, we've got ourselves a ballgame," Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. "But we added four more and that took the wind out of their sails."

The Tigers tied a season high with six hits in the inning.

"It was a tough game," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We didn't pitch well, we made one big error and they made some big hits."

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the first on Torii Hunter's run-scoring double. Detroit tied it in its half on Magglio Ordonez's sacrifice fly.

Castro's two-out homer in the second put the Twins back up by one, before Brandon Inge's sacrifice fly tied it again. Detroit went ahead 3-2 on Monroe's two-out RBI single in the third.

Jones tied it at 3 with a home run leading off the third.


The Tigers acquired INF John McDonald from the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named. ... Detroit placed 2B Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 12, with a strained left hamstring tendon. ... Detroit recalled OF Granderson from Triple-A Toledo and designated LHP Doug Creek for assignment. ... Detroit transferred RHP Troy Percival from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. ... Minnesota 1B Justin Morneau is 1-for-26. ... Shelton was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 14 games (25-for-61, .409). ... Ordonez went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 14 games (24-for-57, .421).

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
Players of the Game

C. Monroe
AB 5
R 1
H 5
HR 0

D. Young
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 0

Related Video

Minnesota Twins
Nick Punto, 3B4000101 .260
Joe Mauer, C5000031 .305
Shannon Stewart, LF4110010 .283
    Michael Ryan, LF0000000 .268
Matthew LeCroy, DH4020020 .293
Torii Hunter, CF2111101 .269
    Lew Ford, CF1000000 .257
Jacque Jones, RF3111013 .272
   a- Michael Cuddyer, PH-RF1010000 .261
Bret Boone, 2B4110011 .228
Justin Morneau, 1B3100111 .247
Juan Castro, SS4124000 .247
a-doubled for Jones in the 8th
2B - Torii Hunter (24, Maroth), Michael Cuddyer (16, Walker), Juan Castro (15, Maroth)
HR - Jacque Jones (12, Maroth), Juan Castro (4, Maroth)
RBI - Torii Hunter (55), Jacque Jones (46), Juan Castro 4 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter (19), Juan Castro 4 (10)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Torii Hunter 1
E - Bret Boone (8, misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
Joe Mays (L,5-5) 41087220 4.46
Terry Mulholland 1.2744000 5.49
Jesse Crain 1.1000210 2.18
J.C. Romero 1100110 2.15
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Mays 86-55, Terry Mulholland 26-20, Jesse Crain 19-10, J.C. Romero 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Mays 5-6, Terry Mulholland 2-2, Jesse Crain 1-2, J.C. Romero 2-0
Batters Faced - Joe Mays 25, Terry Mulholland 11, Jesse Crain 6, J.C. Romero 5
Detroit Tigers
Brandon Inge, 3B3001211 .281
Carlos Guillen, SS4110102 .326
   a- John McDonald, PH-SS1000002 .287
Chris Shelton, 1B4220113 .361
Magglio Ordonez, RF4221000 .321
    Nook Logan, CF0000000 .275
Dmitri Young, DH4331110 .252
Ivan Rodriguez, C4111002 .298
Craig Monroe, LF-RF5156000 .292
Omar Infante, 2B5221014 .233
Curtis Granderson, CF-LF4021001 .500
a-grounded out for Guillen in the 8th
2B - Craig Monroe 3 (19, Mays, Mulholland, Romero), Omar Infante (19, Mulholland)
3B - Curtis Granderson (1, Mulholland)
SF - Brandon Inge (4), Magglio Ordonez (1), Ivan Rodriguez (5)
SH - Curtis Granderson (1)
RBI - Brandon Inge (46), Magglio Ordonez (15), Dmitri Young (45), Ivan Rodriguez (37), Craig Monroe 6 (63), Omar Infante (33), Curtis Granderson (1)
2-OUT RBI - Craig Monroe (16), Curtis Granderson (1)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Infante-McDonald-Shelton
Detroit Tigers
Mike Maroth (W,8-10) 6866272 4.42
Craig Dingman 1000020 0.00
Jamie Walker 1100000 2.53
Fernando Rodney 1000100 2.55
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Maroth 104-64, Craig Dingman 12-9, Jamie Walker 7-6, Fernando Rodney 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Maroth 6-5, Jamie Walker 3-0, Fernando Rodney 2-0
Batters Faced - Mike Maroth 28, Craig Dingman 3, Jamie Walker 4, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34526
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dan Iassogna