Minnesota at Detroit

W: A. Burnett (1-0) L: D. Below (2-1)
HR: MIN - B. Dozier (2),T. Plouffe (2)   DET - None

Twins 11, Tigers 7

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DETROIT -- Starter Nick Blackburn was already done for the night, and with the score tied at 6 in the third inning, the Minnesota Twins needed to figure out a way through the rest of the game.

Reliever Jeff Gray took the mound: groundout, groundout, groundout.

Then Gray came back for the fourth: groundout, flyout, flyout.

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Gray and the bullpen kept the Detroit bats under control, and the Twins went on to win 11-7 on Wednesday night. Jamey Carroll hit a two-run double in the sixth to give Minnesota the lead, and the sloppy Tigers couldn't overcome their four errors.

After a wild beginning to the game, Gray retired the first six hitters he faced on only 14 pitches.

"Huge," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He was getting first-pitch swings, and those were huge, and then a lot of guys came in after that."

Blackburn was pulled at the end of the second inning, having allowed six runs and six hits. He was bothered by a problem with his left thigh. The Twins also placed catcher Ryan Doumit on the 15-day disabled list after the game because of a strained right calf. They will recall outfielder Ben Revere from Triple-A Rochester for Thursday's game at Detroit.

Miguel Cabrera hit an RBI double off Gray in the fifth to give the Tigers a 7-6 lead, but Carroll came up with men on first and second an inning later. His double off Duane Below (2-1) scored both runners.

Brian Dozier hit a three-run homer for Minnesota in the second, and Trevor Plouffe's two-run shot in the ninth made it 11-7.

Minnesota's Justin Morneau went 1 for 5 with a double in his first game back after being on the disabled list with a sore left wrist.

Alex Burnett (1-0) got the win. He was the second of five Minnesota relievers.

Detroit is 9-16 since a 9-3 start and is now dealing with injuries to closer Jose Valverde (strained lower back) and center fielder Austin Jackson (mild abdominal strain). Both are day to day. Jackson left Wednesday's game after hitting a flyout in the fourth inning.

"You score seven runs, you have to win the game," manager Jim Leyland said. "If you don't, you have problems."

In a sign of things to come, first baseman Prince Fielder dropped a routine throw with one out in the first. Joe Mauer followed with an RBI double, and shortstop Ramon Santiago's throw home was wild for another error.

Josh Willingham's double made it 2-0.

It was 2-1 in the second when second baseman Ryan Raburn's two-out error kept a Minnesota rally alive. Dozier, the next batter, made it 5-1 with a homer to left.

Detroit came back immediately, scoring five runs in the bottom of the inning. Raburn drew a one-out walk, and the next five hitters -- Brennan Boesch, Ramon Santiago, Jackson, Andy Dirks and Cabrera -- all hit singles. Fielder's second sacrifice fly of the game gave the Tigers a 6-5 lead.

Doumit's RBI single in the third tied the game at 6, and Cabrera - the third baseman - made Detroit's fourth error of the game later that inning. The Tigers became the first team since the New York Yankees in 2009 to have errors from all four infield spots in a game, according to STATS, LLC.

Gray came on in the third and immediately slowed Detroit's offense.

"These guys are really aggressive. When they see a fastball, they're swinging for sure," Gray said. "Making sure that you keep them off balance, and putting your fastball where you want it, is a big deal with these guys."

Detroit starter Rick Porcello allowed six runs -- two earned -- and six hits in four innings.

Down 9-7 in the seventh, the Tigers put men on second and third with one out. Alex Avila and Raburn struck out to end the threat.


Minnesota OF Denard Span (right hamstring) was initially in the starting lineup but was scratched about an hour before the game. ... The Twins beat the Tigers for the fifth time in their last 23 meetings. ... Detroit optioned INF Danny Worth to Triple-A Toledo and are expected to recall RHP Brayan Villarreal. ... Detroit's Doug Fister (0-1) faces Minnesota's P.J. Walters (0-1) on Thursday.

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Players of the Game

J. Willingham
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

A. Dirks
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Minnesota Twins
Erik Komatsu, CF5100011 .204
Brian Dozier, SS5213021 .286
Joe Mauer, DH5121000 .275
Josh Willingham, LF5231011 .299
Justin Morneau, 1B5010012 .228
Ryan Doumit, C3121111 .264
    Drew Butera, C1110000 .250
Trevor Plouffe, RF5112024 .138
Alexi Casilla, 2B3111201 .253
Jamey Carroll, 3B5122004 .229
2B - Joe Mauer (8, Porcello), Josh Willingham 2 (13, Porcello, Porcello), Justin Morneau (6, Putkonen), Drew Butera (1, Balester), Jamey Carroll (6, Below)
HR - Brian Dozier (2, Porcello), Trevor Plouffe (2, Balester)
RBI - Brian Dozier 3 (5), Joe Mauer (16), Josh Willingham (22), Ryan Doumit (24), Trevor Plouffe 2 (5), Alexi Casilla (5), Jamey Carroll 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Dozier 3 (5), Alexi Casilla (2)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Casilla-Dozier-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
Nick Blackburn 2666220 8.37
Jeff Gray 2.1211000 2.12
Alex Burnett (W,1-0) 1000200 2.61
Brian Duensing (H,4) 1.1200010 1.89
Jared Burton (H,6) 1.1000010 3.68
Glen Perkins 1100000 4.80
IBB - Avila by Alex Burnett
Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 53-33, Jeff Gray 25-14, Alex Burnett 22-10, Brian Duensing 25-17, Jared Burton 14-8, Glen Perkins 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Gray 4-3, Alex Burnett 2-1, Brian Duensing 1-2, Jared Burton 1-2, Glen Perkins 1-1
Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 13, Jeff Gray 9, Alex Burnett 5, Brian Duensing 6, Jared Burton 4, Glen Perkins 3
Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF3221000 .331
    Don Kelly, CF2000001 .220
Andy Dirks, LF4231101 .370
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5022001 .311
Prince Fielder, 1B3012001 .293
Delmon Young, DH4010012 .234
Alex Avila, C3000122 .232
Ryan Raburn, 2B3100114 .157
Brennan Boesch, RF4110000 .234
Ramon Santiago, SS3111100 .164
2B - Miguel Cabrera (6, Gray), Delmon Young (7, Duensing)
SF - Prince Fielder 2 (3)
RBI - Austin Jackson (17), Andy Dirks (12), Miguel Cabrera 2 (33), Prince Fielder 2 (20), Ramon Santiago (6)
CS - Miguel Cabrera (1, 2nd base by Blackburn/Doumit)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Cabrera-Raburn-Fielder
E - Miguel Cabrera (5, Throwing), Prince Fielder (4, Missed catch of throw), Ryan Raburn (2, Misplayed grounder), Ramon Santiago (2, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Rick Porcello 4662031 5.12
Duane Below (L,2-1) 2.1222120 2.79
Luke Putkonen 1.2411130 10.50
Collin Balester 1222101 6.50
IBB - Doumit by Luke Putkonen
WP - Luke Putkonen (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 100-65, Duane Below 37-23, Luke Putkonen 41-25, Collin Balester 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 7-4, Duane Below 2-3, Luke Putkonen 1-1, Collin Balester 1-1
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 20, Duane Below 10, Luke Putkonen 10, Collin Balester 5
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Attendance - 33955
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg