Minnesota at Detroit

W: B. Radke (9-11) L: N. Robertson (6-14)
HR: MIN - M. LeCroy (15), L. Rivas (1), J. Bartlett (3)   DET - I. Rodriguez (14)

Twins 9, Tigers 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

DETROIT -- For a brief moment Tuesday night, the Detroit Tigers thought they had solved one of their biggest nemeses.

It didn't last.

Facing Minnesota's Brad Radke, the Tigers took a 1-0 lead when Placido Polanco led off the first with a single and scored on Brandon Inge's triple.

Radke then retired Chris Shelton, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Pena, leaving Inge stranded at third.

The Twins scored four runs in the second and three in the third and went on to a 9-3 victory.

Radke (9-11) improved to 19-6 against Detroit in his career. He allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings.

"The first inning was pretty important," Radke said. "Maybe that got us going a bit. It was nice to see the guys put up some crooked numbers."

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wasn't surprised.

"That's what he can do very well," he said. "He knows how to pitch with runners on base."

Minnesota has won two in a row, both against Detroit, after losing five of six, while the Tigers have lost 11 of 13.

"I sense some players have given in a little, and that's unacceptable," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.

Trammell, whose team has struggled at the plate during its recent skid, knew the Tigers were in trouble when Inge was left on third.

"That's how things are going," he said. "Man on third, no one out and we don't score."

Nate Robertson (6-14) gave up seven runs -- five earned -- and seven hits in three innings. Robertson has lost his last four starts with an ERA of 9.41 over that span.

"Every time I come to the park to pitch, I feel like this is going to be the day that I turn this around," he said. "It just hasn't happened."

Matthew LeCroy led off the second with a homer and Lew Ford followed with a double. With one out, Mike Redmond hit an RBI single, took second on Robertson's throwing error and scored when Jason Bartlett's sharp grounder went through Inge's legs at third base. After Shannon Stewart struck out, Juan Castro made it 4-1 with an RBI single.

"We came out and scored some runs and they made a couple mistakes -- they missed a couple plays," Gardenhire said. "That usually ends up killing you, and we banged the ball around on them after that."

The Twins made it 7-1 in the third on Luis Rivas' three-run homer, his first of the season.

"Nothing against Luis Rivas, but he's not a power hitter, and I was shocked by that," Robertson said. "I was just staring at the fence in disbelief."

Ivan Rodriguez cut the lead to 7-3 in the fourth with his 14th homer, but Barlett capped the scoring in the eighth with a two-run homer, his first since May 5.

"Guys are relaxed right now," Bartlett said. "We're just pretty much going out there and swinging the bat."


Redmond left the game in the third with an injured right heel after beating out a single. He is listed as day to day. ... Rivas last homered on Sept. 20, 2004, at Chicago. ... Detroit's Dmitri Young (leg) was out of the starting lineup for the fifth consecutive game. ... Radke needed only five pitches to retire the Tigers in the seventh. ... Minnesota's three homers tied a season high.

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Players of the Game

L. Rivas
AB 5
R 3
H 2
HR 1

B. Radke
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 0
K 2

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Shannon Stewart, LF4010112 .279
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Juan Castro, 3B4021101 .277
Joe Mauer, DH5010015 .300
Matthew LeCroy, 1B4111102 .266
Lew Ford, CF5110012 .265
Michael Cuddyer, RF5120001 .255
Mike Redmond, C2121000 .311
    Chris Heintz, PR-C3110001 .273
Luis Rivas, 2B5323002 .252
Jason Bartlett, SS4112001 .262
2B - Lew Ford (28, Robertson), Chris Heintz (2, Darensbourg), Luis Rivas (3, Creek)
3B - Shannon Stewart (3, Creek), Michael Cuddyer (3, Ginter)
HR - Matthew LeCroy (15, Robertson), Luis Rivas (1, Robertson), Jason Bartlett (3, Creek)
RBI - Juan Castro (32), Matthew LeCroy (43), Mike Redmond (26), Luis Rivas 3 (11), Jason Bartlett 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Castro (13), Luis Rivas 3 (6)
CS - Juan Castro (1, 2nd base by Ginter/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Bartlett-LeCroy
Minnesota Twins
Brad Radke (W,9-11) 7633021 3.91
Jesse Crain 1000000 2.29
Travis Bowyer 1000020 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Radke 73-52, Jesse Crain 14-9, Travis Bowyer 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Radke 12-6, Jesse Crain 2-1, Travis Bowyer 1-0
Batters Faced - Brad Radke 26, Jesse Crain 3, Travis Bowyer 3
Detroit Tigers
Placido Polanco, 2B4110000 .335
Brandon Inge, 3B4011000 .263
Chris Shelton, 1B4010011 .301
Magglio Ordonez, RF4110002 .319
Carlos Pena, DH4000022 .237
Ivan Rodriguez, C3112000 .286
Craig Monroe, LF3010000 .278
Omar Infante, SS3000000 .220
Curtis Granderson, CF3000011 .261
3B - Brandon Inge (9, Radke)
HR - Ivan Rodriguez (14, Radke)
RBI - Brandon Inge (67), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (49)
Team LOB - 2
DP - Polanco-Infante-Shelton, Rodriguez-Infante
E - Brandon Inge (22, misplayed grounder), Nate Robertson (3, THROWING ERROR)
Detroit Tigers
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Matt Ginter 3300120 5.58
Doug Creek 1.1322101 8.20
Vic Darensbourg 1.2100000 2.37
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 63-44, Matt Ginter 41-27, Doug Creek 29-18, Vic Darensbourg 16-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 9-0, Matt Ginter 5-1, Doug Creek 4-0, Vic Darensbourg 1-4
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 18, Matt Ginter 12, Doug Creek 8, Vic Darensbourg 6
Game Information
Attendance - 16986
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Rick Reed