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Inge, Polanco lead Tigers to seventh straight victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers haven't had a winning streak like this in more than a dozen years.

Brandon Inge and Placido Polanco homered and the Tigers won their seventh straight game, beating the Minnesota Twins 5-3 Thursday for their longest winning streak since 1993.

"It's pretty good, but nobody will care about that tomorrow," said Detroit manager Jim Leyland, who has made all the right moves in his first season back in the dugout in seven years.

Kenny Rogers (7-2) allowed two unearned runs, five hits and two walks while striking out four in 5 2/3 innings for his fourth consecutive victory.

Rogers, who wasn't feeling his best, became baseball's first seven-game winner, providing an early return on the $16 million, two-year contract the Tigers gave the free agent during the offseason.

"A lot of guys probably wouldn't have pitched, he's sick," Leyland said. "I give him a lot of credit for going out there and giving us that performance. It says a lot about Kenny Rogers, and that's why we signed him."

Jason Grilli gave up a bases-loaded walk in the sixth, making it 5-2, and pitched the seventh. Fernando Rodney struck out two in the eighth, then Todd Jones closed the game for his 12th save in 13 opportunities.

It was Jones' 154th save with the Tigers, matching Mike Henneman's team record.

Fittingly, Jones kept things interesting by giving up three straight two-out hits, including Mike Redmond's RBI single that cut Detroit's lead to two runs.

Detroit swept the three-game series against the Twins and has beaten them seven games in a row at home, dating to last season, for its longest winning streak against the AL Central opponent since 1981-82.

The Twins have dropped five straight games.

"They seem to have everything rolling for them and we can't seem to get anything done," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Brad Radke (4-5) allowed five runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits and three walks and had six strikeouts in six innings. Radke had won two of his previous three starts after giving up six runs in just 2 1/3 innings at Detroit last month, his worst outing during a rough season.

"I was pleased," Radke said. "A couple homers there, but I thought they were pretty darn good pitches."

Polanco, the second batter to face Radke, hit a solo homer in the first and Carlos Guillen later followed with an RBI single.

After Rondell White's sacrifice fly pulled Minnesota within a run in the second, Inge's two-run homer in the home half made it 4-1.

Chris Shelton's single gave the Tigers a four-run cushion in the sixth.

Notes

  • The Tigers last won seven straight from Aug. 21-Aug. 28, 1993, and they went on to finish 85-77.
  • Detroit DH Dmitri Young was charged with domestic violence after his former girlfriend accused him of choking her, the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday. He plans to turn himself into police on Monday. "It's a bum deal," Young told the paper. "Unfortunately, it's public knowledge. I don't see this person anymore." Young, 32, and the 21-year-old woman were staying at a hotel in suburban Detroit on April 14 when she said he attacked her.
  • SS Juan Castro was back in Minnesota's lineup for the first time since jamming a finger against Chicago on May 14. Gardenhire expects RHP Kyle Lohse to accept his assignment to Triple-A Rochester by Friday.
  • Detroit beat Minnesota 10 times in a row during the 1981-82 seasons.
  • Radke is 1-4 on the road with an 8.84 ERA this season.
 
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With seven wins in a row, Brandon Inge and the Tigers have their longest run since 1993.  (AP)
With seven wins in a row, Brandon Inge and the Tigers have their longest run since 1993. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

L. Ford
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Detroit

P. Polanco
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Minnesota Twins
Lew Ford, LF5130010 .250
Luis Castillo, 2B5010002 .341
Mike Redmond, C5031001 .415
    Luis Rodriguez, PR0000000 .250
Torii Hunter, CF4110104 .268
Michael Cuddyer, RF3100111 .312
Justin Morneau, 1B3000132 .230
Rondell White, DH2002101 .180
Nick Punto, 3B4010013 .304
Juan Castro, SS3000011 .233
   a- Joe Mauer, PH1000000 .307
Totals353934715 
a-flied out for Castro in the 9th
Batting
2B - Lew Ford (2, T. Jones)
SF - Rondell White (3)
RBI - Mike Redmond (7), Rondell White 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Redmond (3), Rondell White (6)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Cuddyer 1
DP - Castro-Castillo-Morneau, Punto-Castro, Cuddyer-Redmond, Castro-Castillo-Morneau
E - Luis Castillo (5, Throwing Error), Justin Morneau (2, Misplayed Grounder), Nick Punto (2, Throwing Error)
Minnesota Twins
Brad Radke (L,4-5) 61053362 7.20
Carlos Silva 1100200 8.62
Juan Rincon 1100000 2.79
IBB - Guillen by Brad Radke
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Radke 104-64, Carlos Silva 18-9, Juan Rincon 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Radke 8-3, Carlos Silva 1-1, Juan Rincon 1-1
Batters Faced - Brad Radke 30, Carlos Silva 5, Juan Rincon 3
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5030021 .262
Placido Polanco, 2B5131002 .291
Ivan Rodriguez, C4010012 .306
Magglio Ordonez, RF3210100 .299
Carlos Guillen, SS3031100 .333
Chris Shelton, 1B4000002 .298
Marcus Thames, DH2100222 .269
Craig Monroe, LF4000013 .226
Brandon Inge, 3B3112100 .242
Totals3351245612 
Batting
2B - Carlos Guillen (13, Silva)
HR - Placido Polanco (1, Radke), Brandon Inge (9, Radke)
RBI - Placido Polanco (12), Carlos Guillen (25), Brandon Inge 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Guillen (9)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Guillen-Polanco-Shelton
E - Carlos Guillen (10, Fielding Error), Kenny Rogers (1, )
Detroit Tigers
Kenny Rogers (W,7-2) 5.2520240 2.91
Jason Grilli (H,4) 1.1100110 4.91
Fernando Rodney (H,5) 1000120 1.50
Todd Jones (S,12) 1311000 4.05
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 76-48, Jason Grilli 19-12, Fernando Rodney 20-13, Todd Jones 26-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 7-6, Jason Grilli 2-1, Todd Jones 1-2
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 24, Jason Grilli 6, Fernando Rodney 4, Todd Jones 6
Game Information
Attendance - 26732
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly