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Twins bounce back after huge rout with tie-breaking grand slam

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DETROIT -- Jason Kubel gave himself a perfect birthday present, and Glen Perkins gave Minnesota's bullpen a much-needed rest.

Kubel hit a tiebreaking grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning on his 26th birthday, and Perkins shut down Detroit's offense to help the Twins bounce back from an embarrassing loss with a 6-1 victory Sunday over the Tigers.

Blown out 19-3 on Saturday night, Minnesota recovered to take two of three in the series from its AL Central rival.

Carlos Guillen homered and finished with three hits for Detroit, which wasted a strong start by Justin Verlander.

Perkins (2-1) allowed a run and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out four in his fourth major league start. After the toll the 19-3 loss took on the bullpen, he told manager Ron Gardenhire he would go as deep into Sunday's game as he could.

"It was important," Perkins said. "They got used earlier in the week, so you've got to try and save those guys."

The left-hander did more than that.

"He spotted the ball in well," Detroit's Brandon Inge said. "He was getting us conscious of looking on the inside part of the plate and then going away with the breaking stuff. There's not much you can do when he's spotting like that."

Matt Guerrier got the final out in the eighth and Joe Nathan worked a one-hit ninth.

Francisco Cruceta (0-2) relieved Verlander in the eighth and took the loss.

Carlos Gomez got Minnesota started in the eighth with a leadoff single against Cruceta. Alexi Casilla sacrificed and Joe Mauer was intentionally walked. Justin Morneau walked to load the bases before Michael Cuddyer struck out, and Kubel drove Cruceta's 3-1 pitch into the right-field stands for his sixth home run.

"I watched the other at-bats (against Cruceta) and saw he was throwing a lot of splitters," Kubel said. "Just told myself to lay off of them. Laid off into a good count and got the fastball I wanted."

It was Kubel's fourth career slam and second this season.

"My birthdays are usually no-hitters," said the designated hitter, who was 2-for-3 with a walk. "So to get the two today was pretty good."

With two outs in the ninth, Gomez walked, stole second and scored on Casilla's single to make it 6-1.

Kubel's shot spoiled a gritty effort by Verlander, who allowed a run and five hits in seven innings. He walked four and struck out three while throwing 120 pitches.

"Verlander matched (Perkins)," Gardenhire said, "and was overpowering us a lot of times. He does that."

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the second when Delmon Young bounced into a double play with runners on first and third.

Guillen's home run with one out in the bottom half tied it. It was his fifth of the season.

The Tigers are eight games under .500.

"We can't take leaps and bounds every day. We have to just crawl back into it. We can't worry about how far out we are," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "Just try to get two out of three, two out of three. The homestand was decent. If you got 5-2, 4-3, you'll make a little progress and we'll be fine."

The Tigers finished 4-2 on their homestand.

Notes

  • Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera was 0-for-4, snapping his eight-game hitting streak.
  • Young got his seventh outfield assist when he threw out Guillen at second trying to stretch a single after a liner off the base of the left-field fence in the sixth inning. That tied Young for third in the majors.
 
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Happy birthday: Jason Kubel turns 26 and celebrates by drilling a decisive grand slam in the eighth.  (AP)
Happy birthday: Jason Kubel turns 26 and celebrates by drilling a decisive grand slam in the eighth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

C. Guillen
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Minnesota

J. Kubel
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Gomez, CF4210100 .279
Alexi Casilla, 2B4011010 .267
Joe Mauer, C3110200 .338
Justin Morneau, 1B4100113 .305
Michael Cuddyer, RF3110113 .225
Jason Kubel, DH3124100 .255
Delmon Young, LF3000111 .270
Mike Lamb, 3B4030000 .246
Brendan Harris, SS4000013 .247
Totals3269575  
Batting
2B - Mike Lamb (7, Verlander)
HR - Jason Kubel (6, Cruceta)
SH - Alexi Casilla (1)
RBI - Alexi Casilla (10), Jason Kubel 4 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Alexi Casilla (7), Jason Kubel 4 (16)
SB - Carlos Gomez (17, 2nd base off T. Jones/Inge)
CS - Mike Lamb (1, 2nd base by Verlander/Inge)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Delmon Young 1
Minnesota Twins
Glen Perkins (W,2-1) 7.2711241 2.77
Matt Guerrier (H,6) 0.1000010 3.45
Joe Nathan 1100000 1.35
Pitches-Strikes - Glen Perkins 104-69, Matt Guerrier 6-3, Joe Nathan 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Glen Perkins 6-12
Batters Faced - Glen Perkins 31, Matt Guerrier 1, Joe Nathan 4
Detroit Tigers
Ryan Raburn, CF-LF4000010 .231
Placido Polanco, 2B4010000 .293
Gary Sheffield, DH4020001 .216
Magglio Ordonez, RF4010001 .328
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4000022 .276
Carlos Guillen, 3B4131000 .299
Marcus Thames, LF2000121 .246
    Curtis Granderson, CF1010000 .252
Edgar Renteria, SS3000102 .279
Brandon Inge, C4000003 .220
Totals3418125  
Batting
2B - Magglio Ordonez (15, Perkins), Carlos Guillen (13, Perkins)
HR - Carlos Guillen (5, Perkins)
RBI - Carlos Guillen (23)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Guillen (10)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Polanco-Renteria-Cabrera, Guillen-Polanco-Cabrera, Inge-Polanco
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander 7511430 5.16
Francisco Cruceta (L,0-2) 1244221 5.06
Todd Jones 0.2211100 4.67
Zach Miner 0.1000000 6.58
IBB - Mauer by Francisco Cruceta
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 120-69, Francisco Cruceta 25-13, Todd Jones 22-12, Zach Miner 3-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 10-5, Francisco Cruceta 1-0, Todd Jones 2-0
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 27, Francisco Cruceta 7, Todd Jones 5, Zach Miner 1
Game Information
Attendance - 42413
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Marvin Hudson