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Minnesota at Detroit

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Minnesota (34-45) «0004200006130
Detroit (39-41)001030000490

Twins 6, Tigers 4

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DETROIT -- Ron Gardenhire deflected credit on the night the Minnesota Twins gave their manager his 900th career victory.

Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run single, one of six singles during Minnesota's four-run fourth inning, to help the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 on Monday night.

"This is all about getting 900 wins for our organization," Gardenhire said. "The people above me who gave me the chance, and the players that have gone out there and played the game. All I have ever had to do is tell them to play the right way, play hard and respect the game. They did the rest."

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The Twins have won four straight to match their season-best winning streak from May 16-19 that included two victories at Detroit.

"We've got some momentum now and we want to keep that going," Josh Willingham said. "We got the early runs, but you knew that offense was going to get them back into the game. Our bullpen's been great and they shut them down tonight."

Anthony Swarzak (2-4) picked up the win, allowing a hit and one walk in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Alex Burnett allowed only one walk in 1 1/3 innings and Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his third save in five chances in place of injured closer Matt Capps.

Detroit was trying to get back to .500 for the first time since May 15.

Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder hit one-out singles in the ninth, but their teammates couldn't bring them home. Delmon Young hit a long fly for the second out and Brennan Boesch struck out to end the game.

Boesch also had a chance to help his team in the seventh, but the pinch-hitter was struck out by Burnett on three pitches with two on to end the inning.

"You want to be up in those situations," Boesch said. "You hope to get it done, but in this game odds are you won't."

Doug Fister (1-6) gave up six runs and eight hits in four-plus innings, leaving the Tigers with a five-run deficit. He faded after a strong start that included striking out the side in the first and holding the Twins without a hit for 3 1/3 innings.

"He got rushing in the fourth and just made some bad pitches," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He's just not real sharp."

Cabrera hit a two-run double and Young had a sacrifice fly in the fifth to make it 6-4, but that was it for Detroit.

The Twins built a cushion with six runs over the fourth and fifth innings. Willingham and Ryan Doumit also had RBI singles in the fourth, and Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each singled in a run in the fifth to make it 6-1.

Minnesota starter Liam Hendriks failed to finish the fifth inning and remains without a victory in 12 career starts. He faced four batters in the fifth and gave up a leadoff single, a four-pitch walk, Cabrera's double and bounced a pitch before it reached the plate to walk Fielder and end his outing.

The Tigers had won five of eight to pull within a victory of a .500 record for the eighth time.

"We haven't really synchronized all year, but the players have done a good job of staying pretty stable," Leyland said.

Notes

Detroit RHP Max Scherzer will be scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday, the only turn he's expected to miss in the rotation, and LHP Duane Below will face Minnesota in the second of the four-game series. ...The Twins are 13-13 within the AL Central and are 11 games under .500 outside of the division. ... Fielder was picked Monday for the All-Star home run derby. ... Burnett has not allowed a run in his past 14 games. ... Cabrera had three hits and three RBI. ... The Twins hope Capps, on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, can start a rehab assignment during next week's All-Star break.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

J. Mauer
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF4100112 .271
Ben Revere, RF4220110 .324
Joe Mauer, DH4121120 .327
Josh Willingham, LF4111101 .267
Justin Morneau, 1B5011013 .238
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5112012 .249
Ryan Doumit, C3031100 .286
    Darin Mastroianni, PR0000000 .220
    Drew Butera, C0000000 .241
Brian Dozier, SS5030004 .241
Jamey Carroll, 2B5000016 .243
Totals39613657  
Batting
RBI - Joe Mauer (37), Josh Willingham (56), Justin Morneau (35), Trevor Plouffe 2 (33), Ryan Doumit (35)
2-OUT RBI - Trevor Plouffe 2 (15), Ryan Doumit (18)
Team LOB - 12
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Liam Hendriks 4644410 7.04
Anthony Swarzak (W,2-4) 2.2100120 4.37
Alex Burnett (H,5) 1.1000120 1.77
Glen Perkins (S,3) 1200020 3.38
IBB - Fielder by Liam Hendriks
WP - Anthony Swarzak (1), Alex Burnett (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Liam Hendriks 81-44, Anthony Swarzak 34-20, Alex Burnett 20-11, Glen Perkins 16-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Liam Hendriks 7-4, Anthony Swarzak 2-4, Alex Burnett 1-1
Batters Faced - Liam Hendriks 22, Anthony Swarzak 10, Alex Burnett 5, Glen Perkins 5
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF4110111 .322
Quintin Berry, LF4110110 .295
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3133100 .321
Prince Fielder, 1B3010202 .300
Delmon Young, DH4011014 .267
Ryan Raburn, RF3000001 .178
   a- Brennan Boesch, PH-RF2000024 .231
Jhonny Peralta, SS3000111 .257
    Danny Worth, PR-2B0000000 .182
Alex Avila, C4120010 .253
Ramon Santiago, 2B-SS4000002 .221
Totals3449467  
a-struck out for Raburn in the 7th
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (24, Hendriks)
SF - Miguel Cabrera (2), Delmon Young (3)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 3 (65), Delmon Young (31)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Santiago-Fielder
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Doug Fister (L,1-6) 4866140 4.61
Luis Marte 1.2100410 3.71
Phil Coke 2200020 3.31
Octavio Dotel 1.1200000 3.86
HBP - Doumit (by Doug Fister)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 82-56, Luis Marte 50-26, Phil Coke 25-17, Octavio Dotel 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 5-2, Luis Marte 1-3, Phil Coke 3-1, Octavio Dotel 3-1
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 21, Luis Marte 10, Phil Coke 8, Octavio Dotel 6
Game Information
Attendance - 37406
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth