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Cabrera, rookie Avila pace Tigers past Twins

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DETROIT -- It wasn't pretty or easy but the Detroit Tigers got the win.

Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila homered in a six-run first inning and Detroit held on for a 10-8 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

The first-place Tigers stretched their lead in the AL Central to 5½ games over third-place Minnesota.

It was Avila's first major league homer, and the son of Tigers' vice president and assistant general manager Al Avila finished with two hits and four RBI in his second game in the big leagues. Placido Polanco had four hits and drove in a run for Detroit.

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Joe Mauer homered, knocked in three runs and had four hits for the Twins, while Denard Span had four hits.

Armando Galarraga (6-10) gave up four runs -- three earned -- in five innings for the win. He walked five and struck out three.

"He didn't have his best stuff today. He battled," Avila said. "He was a bulldog out there."

Delmon Young singled in a run and Nick Punto hit a sacrifice fly off Tigers' closer Fernando Rodney in the ninth. Rodney struck out Orlando Cabrera to end the game with runners on first and second and Mauer on deck.

"We got in the right column, it wasn't easy," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.

Minnesota starter Anthony Swarzak (3-5) allowed seven runs and eight hits in one-plus innings.

"I just couldn't make any of my pitches," Swarzak said. "I wasn't able to stay ahead of the hitters."

Mauer's 19th homer put the Twins up 1-0, but the Tigers answered with six runs in the bottom of the inning. Clete Thomas had an RBI grounder -- which included a rundown of Curtis Granderson between third and home on which Granderson said he was tagged by Twins third baseman Brendan Harris, but wasn't called out and slid in safely at the plate. Cabrera hit a three-run homer -- his 22nd -- and Avila added his two-run shot.

"We had some bad calls against us and the pitching didn't hold up," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "The guys kept battling all night."

Avila is 4 for 8 with a home run, five RBI and two doubles in his first two big league games.

"The last two games have been a blast for me," he said.

The Twins came back with three in the second on Span's RBI single and Mauer's two-out, two-run single to make it 6-4.

Another RBI fielder's choice by Thomas increased Detroit's lead to 7-4 in the second and Avila's two-out, two-run double made it 9-4 in the fifth.

The Twins' Jason Kubel had a bases-loaded, two-run double in the sixth to make it 9-6.

"I was proud of the guys tonight, we just kept coming back," Harris said.

Polanco doubled in a run in the eighth.

Notes

  • The Twins acquired RHP Carl Pavano from Cleveland for a player to be named. The 33-year-old, who is 9-8 with a 5.37 ERA, will start Saturday. RHP R.A. Dickey was optioned to Triple-A Toledo and RHP Boof Bonser was transferred to the 60-day DL.
  • Tigers RHP Jeremy Bonderman, on the DL after undergoing thoracic outlet compression syndrome surgery, allowed three runs and three hits in an inning in a rehabilitation appearance with Triple-A Toledo.
  • Gardenhire was ejected in the top of the second by home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. It was the 46th ejection of his career and fifth this season.
  • Polanco's 67-game errorless streak at 2B was snapped by a throwing error in the fourth.
  • Twins' SS Cabrera went 1 for 6 to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 17 games.
 
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Alex Avila, son of Tigers vice president and assistant GM Al Avila, finishes the night with four RBI.  (AP)
Alex Avila, son of Tigers vice president and assistant GM Al Avila, finishes the night with four RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

A. Avila
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Minnesota

J. Mauer
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, LF-CF6141010 .290
Orlando Cabrera, SS6110026 .289
Joe Mauer, C5243000 .364
Justin Morneau, 1B4010103 .303
Jason Kubel, DH2112310 .304
Michael Cuddyer, RF5110015 .271
Brendan Harris, 3B5010025 .261
Carlos Gomez, CF3110111 .238
    Delmon Young, LF1011000 .265
Nick Punto, 2B3101112 .204
Totals40815869  
Batting
2B - Jason Kubel (23, Perry)
HR - Joe Mauer (19, Galarraga)
SF - Nick Punto (6)
RBI - Denard Span (39), Joe Mauer 3 (63), Jason Kubel 2 (61), Delmon Young (28), Nick Punto (25)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer 3 (25)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Justin Morneau (2, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Anthony Swarzak (L,3-5) 1877012 5.44
Brian Duensing 4.2420050 4.40
Jesse Crain 1.1100020 6.84
Joe Nathan 1211120 1.69
HBP - Inge (by Jesse Crain)
Pitches-Strikes - Anthony Swarzak 33-18, Brian Duensing 63-43, Jesse Crain 20-12, Joe Nathan 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anthony Swarzak 1-1, Brian Duensing 6-4, Jesse Crain 1-1, Joe Nathan 1-0
Batters Faced - Anthony Swarzak 11, Brian Duensing 19, Jesse Crain 6, Joe Nathan 6
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5330000 .261
Placido Polanco, 2B5141000 .271
Clete Thomas, LF-RF5112012 .268
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5223023 .331
Carlos Guillen, DH4120111 .234
Magglio Ordonez, RF4000023 .261
    Ryan Raburn, LF1000012 .261
Brandon Inge, 3B3110012 .256
Alex Avila, C4124012 .500
Adam Everett, SS4000013 .242
Totals40101510110  
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (26, Nathan), Carlos Guillen (5, Crain), Alex Avila (2, Duensing)
3B - Curtis Granderson (6, Nathan), Carlos Guillen (1, Swarzak)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (22, Swarzak), Alex Avila (1, Swarzak)
RBI - Placido Polanco (51), Clete Thomas 2 (32), Miguel Cabrera 3 (65), Alex Avila 4 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Avila 4 (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Everett-Polanco-Cabrera
E - Placido Polanco (2, Throwing), Clete Thomas (3, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Armando Galarraga (W,6-10) 5843531 5.23
Ryan Perry 2422030 3.93
Brandon Lyon (H,8) 1000010 3.06
Fernando Rodney 1322120 3.75
WP - Fernando Rodney (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 109-64, Ryan Perry 36-30, Brandon Lyon 15-9, Fernando Rodney 29-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 4-7, Ryan Perry 2-1, Brandon Lyon 2-0
Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 27, Ryan Perry 10, Brandon Lyon 3, Fernando Rodney 7
Game Information
Attendance - 36444
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Brian Knight