Minnesota at Detroit

W: J. Verlander (5-3) L: J. Santana (4-4)
S: T. Jones (11)
HR: MIN - None   DET - V. Wilson (1)

Rookie outduels Santana, lifts Tigers to sixth straight win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

DETROIT -- Johan Santana made one mistake and it cost him.

Rookie Justin Verlander outdueled the 2004 American League Cy Young Award winner, and Vance Wilson homered to give the Detroit Tigers a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

It was Detroit's sixth straight win and sixth consecutive victory over Minnesota at home this season. It was the Twins' fourth-straight loss.

Verlander (5-3) allowed six hits in eight innings. He didn't issue a walk or have a strikeout.

"Usually not my style of pitching," said Verlander. "They were aggressive on the fastball and were putting it in play."

Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 12 opportunities.

Santana (4-4), who had his four-game winning streak snapped, pitched a four-hitter. He struck out a season-high 12 and walked one.

"It was one of those games that you were facing a top team and wanted to challenge them," said Santana. "I felt good and did my best out there, but that wasn't enough. It takes 25 guys to win and we couldn't get the job done tonight."

Chris Shelton drew a walk with one out in the eighth inning. After Santana struck out Brandon Inge, Wilson lined the first pitch over the left-field fence for his first homer of the season.

"He had been getting me out on the inside fastball, so I started getting caught in between looking for the change-up," said Wilson. "But I can't hit the change-up anyway, it's such a nasty pitch. So I just figured I'd try to turn and burn on the fastball."

Wilson, the Tigers' backup catcher, was playing because manager Jim Leyland used Ivan Rodriguez as the designated hitter. The two teams play a day game on Thursday and Leyland doesn't want Rodriguez catching a day game after a night game.

"He's a regular player for me," Leyland said when asked about Wilson. "They're all regular players, they're all going to play ... Is Pudge the catcher? Absolutely. But Vance Wilson is a regular player for me."

The Tigers had runners on first and third with none out in the second after Magglio Ordonez led off with a double and Carlos Guillen followed with a bloop single to right. Santana then fanned Shelton. Ordonez was caught in a rundown and tagged out when he broke from third and Inge swung and missed.

Leyland took responsibility saying he didn't alert Inge to look for the squeeze sign.

Guillen moved to third on the rundown, but Inge then struck out to end the inning.

The Twins had a runner retired at third base in the fourth. After Michael Cuddyer was hit by a pitch with two outs, Justin Morneau lined a ball off the wall in right centerfield. But Cuddyer was tagged out by Inge at third, who blocked Cuddyer off with his knee, after rounding the bag on a throw from second baseman Ramon Santiago.

"It was a well pitched game on both sides. We came in on the short end," said Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire. "It was one of those games that the one big hit wins it and that what they did."

Joe Mauer and Torii Hunter singled with two out in the sixth for Minnesota. But Cuddyer flew out to end the threat.

"Both pitchers were great. Santana was unbelieveable, he's one of or the best pitchers in the majors right now," said the Twins' Rondell White. "Verlander has the confidence of a 10-year vet. He didn't strike out anyone but came in with the 97 miles per hour fastball with two strikes on you and it was real hard to hit."


  • Minnesota optioned RHP Kyle Lohse to Triple-A Rochester. He was 2-4 with a 8.92 ERA in eight games. The Twins also recalled RHP Boof Bonser from Rochester.
  • Detroit relieved Ramon Pena of his duties as special assistant to the general manager.
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A two-run homer by Vance Wilson (right) is enough to give the Tigers their sixth win in a row.  (AP)
A two-run homer by Vance Wilson (right) is enough to give the Tigers their sixth win in a row. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Verlander
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 0
K 0

J. Santana
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 1
K 12

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Luis Castillo, 2B4010001 .346
Joe Mauer, C4010002 .310
Torii Hunter, CF4010001 .268
Michael Cuddyer, RF3010002 .322
Justin Morneau, 1B4010002 .235
Rondell White, DH3000100 .182
    Lew Ford, PR-DH0000000 .229
Tony Batista, 3B4000002 .242
Nick Punto, SS3010000 .308
2B - Shannon Stewart (3, Verlander)
PK - Nick Punto (1, Verlander)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Mauer-Castillo
Minnesota Twins
Johan Santana (L,4-4) 84221121 3.23
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 116-77
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 9-1
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 27
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3000020 .250
Craig Monroe, LF3000010 .232
Ivan Rodriguez, DH3000010 .307
Magglio Ordonez, RF3010010 .299
Carlos Guillen, SS3020010 .319
Chris Shelton, 1B2100113 .307
Brandon Inge, 3B3000033 .239
Vance Wilson, C3112020 .313
Ramon Santiago, 2B3000000 .226
2B - Magglio Ordonez (9, Santana)
HR - Vance Wilson (1, Santana)
RBI - Vance Wilson 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Vance Wilson 2 (5)
CS - Magglio Ordonez (1, Home by Santana/Mauer), Carlos Guillen (5, 2nd base by Santana/Mauer)
Team LOB - 1
Outfield Assists - Magglio Ordonez 1
E - Brandon Inge (8, misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander (W,5-3) 8600000 3.18
Todd Jones (S,11) 1100100 3.65
HBP - Cuddyer (by Justin Verlander)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 103-64, Todd Jones 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 11-12, Todd Jones 1-2
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 30, Todd Jones 5
Game Information
Attendance - 16669
Game Time - 2:02
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Andy Fletcher