Minnesota at Detroit

W: N. Robertson (4-2) L: K. Lohse (2-4)
S: T. Jones (10)
HR: MIN - None   DET - None

Tigers 7, Twins 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

DETROIT -- Brandon Inge isn't going to give Jim Leyland all of the credit for the Detroit Tigers' surprising rise to first place.

Just most of it.

Detroit's 7-4 win over Minnesota on Tuesday night, combined with Chicago's loss to Tampa Bay, lifted the Tigers into a first-place tie with the White Sox in the American League Central. The Tigers, who have won five straight, have not been in first place this late in the season since 1993.

"A lot of us were on that team that lost 119 games in 2003, and we fought hard to keep it to that many," Inge said. "We used to dream about getting to .500, and now we're looking at first place. This is an incredible turnaround."

Detroit has won five straight four times in Leyland's six-week tenure. No other Tigers manager since Sparky Anderson has had more than three such streaks in their entire tenure.

"Obviously, he's been blessed with great players," Inge joked.

Leyland, though, wasn't getting excited about moving into first.

"It means absolutely nothing," he said. "If we're in first place after the last game of the season, that will be big."

The Tigers are 4-0 at home against Minnesota this season, outscoring the Twins 40-5.

"I wish I could say this game was different, but we've seen too many of these," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We scored some runs, but we gave them right back. That's a backbreaker."

Nate Robertson (4-2) limited Minnesota to three runs and seven hits in five innings, improving to 3-0 in his last five starts.

"The offense picked Nate up, and the bullpen did a great job," Leyland said. "That's what is supposed to happen."

Todd Jones, the fourth Tigers reliever, got the last three outs for his 10th save in 11 tries.

Kyle Lohse (2-4) gave up five runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings. He is 0-3 against the Tigers with a 13.14 ERA in three starts this year.

"We're just not pitching well out of the rotation," said Gardenhire, whose starters are 13-21 with a 6.64 ERA this season. "Our starters are struggling."

Lohse left the clubhouse abruptly after the game, to the displeasure of pitching coach Rick Anderson.

"The pitcher is supposed to stay in here, and he didn't," Anderson said. "It's frustrating to everyone the way we've been pitching. He was doing the right things in the first two innings, but all of a sudden, he gives up a couple hits and he starts overthrowing and getting away from that."

Minnesota took a 3-0 lead on Rondell White's RBI single in the second, and Torii Hunter's run-scoring single and Michael Cuddyer's sacrifice fly in the third.

However, Lohse couldn't get out of the bottom of the third. After singles by Craig Monroe and Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco and Ivan Rodriguez made it 3-2 with back-to-back base hits.

Magglio Ordonez flied out, but Carlos Guillen walked to load the bases before Shelton's drive to right-center field glanced off Cuddyer's glove for a bases-clearing double.

The Tigers made it 7-3 in the fourth on a RBI single by Rodriguez and a bases-loaded walk to Guillen.

The Twins scored a single run in the seventh when Joel Zumaya walked Justin Morneau with the bases loaded, but Polanco snared White's liner and stepped on second for an inning-ending unassisted double play.

"They've got a good team over there," said White, who played the last two seasons with Detroit. "We've been playing well, but they've been swinging the bat well and things went their way."


Alan Trammell and Phil Garner each had three five-game winning streaks as Tigers manager, while Luis Pujols had two and Buddy Bell and Larry Parrish both had one. ... 3B Tony Batista beat out an infield single in the sixth inning and continued running down the line for at least another 100 feet before finally coming to a stop in deep right field. ... Guillen had more walks in a two-inning span (2) than double-play partner Polanco has all season (1). ... Hunter narrowly escaped injury in the seventh when Zumaya's 98 mph fastball missed his jaw by a few inches. ... DH Dmitri Young (quad) was in the lineup for the first time since May 10, but went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

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Players of the Game

C. Shelton
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0

L. Castillo
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Minnesota Twins
Shannon Stewart, LF4100102 .303
Luis Castillo, 2B3130100 .349
Joe Mauer, C4010115 .311
Torii Hunter, CF4121102 .268
Michael Cuddyer, RF2001105 .322
Justin Morneau, 1B3001105 .234
Rondell White, DH4011013 .187
Tony Batista, 3B4010001 .250
Nick Punto, SS4120001 .306
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Team LOB - 9
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Minnesota Twins
Kyle Lohse (L,2-4) 2.2655130 8.92
Willie Eyre 1222210 5.14
Matt Guerrier 2.1000200 2.82
Jesse Crain 2200030 6.05
WP - Matt Guerrier (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 65-38, Willie Eyre 26-13, Matt Guerrier 40-25, Jesse Crain 30-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 1-4, Matt Guerrier 2-5, Jesse Crain 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 15, Willie Eyre 7, Matt Guerrier 9, Jesse Crain 7
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3210211 .255
Placido Polanco, 2B4111003 .279
Ivan Rodriguez, C4122011 .314
Magglio Ordonez, RF3000113 .298
Carlos Guillen, SS2121200 .311
Chris Shelton, 1B4013014 .311
Dmitri Young, DH4000032 .192
Craig Monroe, LF4220000 .237
Brandon Inge, 3B4010002 .246
2B - Carlos Guillen (12, Lohse), Chris Shelton (8, Lohse), Craig Monroe (8, Eyre)
SH - Placido Polanco (6)
RBI - Placido Polanco (11), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (15), Carlos Guillen (24), Chris Shelton 3 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Ivan Rodriguez (6), Carlos Guillen (8), Chris Shelton 3 (7)
CS - Carlos Guillen (4, 2nd base by Crain/Mauer)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Polanco-Guillen-Shelton, Guillen-Polanco-Shelton, Polanco, Polanco-Guillen-Shelton
E - Brandon Inge (7, throwing error)
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (W,4-2) 5733310 3.50
Roman Colon 1100010 0.00
Bobby Seay0111100 3.38
Joel Zumaya (H,12) 2000200 2.45
Todd Jones (S,10) 1100000 3.97
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Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 75-47, Roman Colon 15-11, Bobby Seay 9-4, Joel Zumaya 33-18, Todd Jones 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 8-4, Roman Colon 1-1, Joel Zumaya 2-3, Todd Jones 1-1
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 24, Roman Colon 4, Bobby Seay 2, Joel Zumaya 7, Todd Jones 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18115
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Jerry Meals