Verlander falters, Cabrera hurt as Twins top Tigers 6-3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) For five innings Friday night, everything was working for Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers.

It all unfolded in frustrating fashion in the sixth.

Verlander stumbled again, Cabrera left after straining his right groin and Detroit wasted a three-run lead against the Minnesota Twins, who burst ahead when Eddie Rosario hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run sixth inning in a 6-3 victory.

Cabrera, a two-time AL MVP, had three hits but was hurt in the sixth when he dove for a ground ball by Robbie Grossman that got past Cabrera and second baseman Ian Kinsler to score two runs. Cabrera felt it again when he stretched for a throw from third baseman Nicholas Castellanos on Brian Dozier's inning-ending grounder.

Cabrera was replaced at first base by Alex Avila to start the seventh and the team announced he would be re-evaluated Saturday.

''When he got back into the dugout after the inning, he let the trainers know and we just removed him from the game,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

Six days after allowing nine runs and 11 hits in four innings against Cleveland, Verlander (1-2) held the Twins to two hits in five innings and led 3-0 before walking Max Kepler, Miguel Sano and Joe Mauer starting the sixth.

Grossman chased Verlander with a two-run single, Jorge Polanco singled in the tying run against Joe Jimenez and Rosario hit an opposite-field homer to left.

''I know I faced him the first time actually in Detroit, I remember the fastball goes up,'' Rosario said of Jimenez. ''But I waited for this pitch and he threw me first pitch.''

Verlander, whose ERA rose to 6.04, allowed four runs, three hits and six walks - one shy of his career high - in five-plus innings. He had been 12-1 in his previous 18 starts against the Twins.

''Inexcusable there,'' Verlander said. ''I just lost my tempo and rhythm. That many walks, with us up like that, that can't happen.''

Hector Santiago (2-1) gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, and Ryan Pressly, Taylor Rogers and Brandon Kintzler combined for one-hit relief. Kintzler got his fourth save in as many chances.

Victor Martinez and Justin Upton had RBI hits as the Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the third, and James McCann hit his fourth homer in the sixth.

Both teams were coming off being swept in their last series.

''It was just a good win,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''We kind of feel like you need one after kind of stumbling through the last series.''

WBC CHATTING

Rosario, Santiago and Jimenez all played together for Puerto Rico in the WBC and the team has kept a chat going since the tournament. Santiago said Jimenez would hear about giving Rosario a first-pitch fastball.

''I think that young factor comes into play there, where you got a guy up there that loves fastballs,'' Santiago said of the rookie Jimenez. ''You got to understand that. He'll learn.

''We'll say thank you to him tonight in our group chat and we'll say, `Appreciate you giving it.' We're definitely going to talk about that tonight, for sure. But thanks Joe and attaboy Rosie.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: SS Jose Iglesias was placed on the seven-day concussion DL, retroactive to Thursday. Iglesias took a knee to his jaw on the final play of Wednesday's game.

Twins: INF Ehire Adrianza (right oblique strain) went 3 for 5 in his first rehab start for Class A Fort Myers on Friday, starting at shortstop.

UP NEXT

Rookie LHP Adalberto Mejia (0-1, 4.05 ERA) is to start for Minnesota on Saturday and LHP Matt Boyd (2-1, 3.77) for Detroit. Mejia's rotation spot was skipped when Minnesota's game on Wednesday was rained out. Boyd beat the Twins on April 11 with six scoreless innings.

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  • W: H. Santiago (2-1)L: J. Verlander (1-2)S: B. Kintzler (4)
  • HR: DET - J. McCann (4), MIN - E. Rosario (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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I. Kinsler 2B40000000.200.375.400.7750.0
N. Castellanos 3B41100020.242.286.485.7711.0
M. Cabrera 1B31300000.286.385.482.8674.0
A. Avila 1B0000-000.412.524.882.000-
a- D. Machado SS10000000.100.100.100.2000.0
V. Martinez DH40110002.208.283.208.4912.0
J. Upton LF40110000.250.362.475.8373.0
M. Mahtook RF40100012.158.238.211.4490.5
J. McCann C31111101.162.295.486.7827.0
J. Jones CF30000021.154.233.308.540-1.0
b- T. Collins PH10000001.256.273.326.5980.0
A. Romine 1B40000021.194.216.389.605-1.0
  • a-grounded out for Avila in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Jones in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B40100000.226.284.355.6381.0
M. Kepler RF31000102.293.354.483.8372.0
M. Sano 3B21000222.226.406.566.9722.0
J. Mauer 1B31000103.207.258.224.4822.0
R. Grossman DH31120120.310.473.476.9494.0
J. Castro C40000003.214.365.310.6750.0
J. Polanco SS31110110.278.339.389.7285.5
E. Rosario LF31131001.226.268.302.5708.0
B. Buxton CF30100020.096.145.135.2800.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Upton (3)
    • HR - J. McCann (4)
    • RBI - V. Martinez (7), J. Upton (7), J. McCann (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - V. Martinez, J. Upton (5), J. McCann
    BATTING
    • HR - E. Rosario
    • RBI - R. Grossman 2 (7), J. Polanco (8), E. Rosario 3 (7)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Polanco
    FIELDING
    • DP - I. Kinsler, A. Romine, M. Cabrera
    • E - J. McCann
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Verlander (L, 1-2)5.03446406.041.80-1.0
    K. Ryan (H, 4)0.10000007.710.000.0
    J. Jimenez (BS, 1)0.222201110.803.00-3.5
    B. Hardy1.00000100.000.003.5
    A. Sanchez1.000001013.500.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Verlander (L, 1-2)5.0
    K. Ryan (H, 4)0.1
    J. Jimenez (BS, 1)0.2
    B. Hardy1.0
    A. Sanchez1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    H. Santiago (W, 2-1)6.17331612.191.2620.0
    R. Pressly (H, 2)0.20000107.500.000.5
    T. Rogers (H, 3)1.00000002.250.003.0
    B. Kintzler (S, 4)1.01000000.001.009.0
    PITCHERSIP
    H. Santiago (W, 2-1)6.1
    R. Pressly (H, 2)0.2
    T. Rogers (H, 3)1.0
    B. Kintzler (S, 4)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 107-64, K. Ryan 2-2, J. Jimenez 15-12, B. Hardy 14-9, A. Sanchez 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 3-7, K. Ryan 1-0, J. Jimenez 1-0, B. Hardy 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 23, K. Ryan, J. Jimenez 4, B. Hardy 3, A. Sanchez 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - H. Santiago 99-60, R. Pressly 8-5, T. Rogers 5-4, B. Kintzler 18-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Santiago 4-9, R. Pressly 1-0, T. Rogers 2-1, B. Kintzler 2-1
    • Batters Faced - H. Santiago 27, R. Pressly 2, T. Rogers 3, B. Kintzler 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TigersDET8-8
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    TwinsMIN8-8
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B40000000.200.375.400.7750.0
    N. Castellanos 3B41100020.242.286.485.7711.0
    M. Cabrera 1B31300000.286.385.482.8674.0
    A. Avila 1B0000-000.412.524.882.000-
    a- D. Machado SS10000000.100.100.100.2000.0
    V. Martinez DH40110002.208.283.208.4912.0
    J. Upton LF40110000.250.362.475.8373.0
    M. Mahtook RF40100012.158.238.211.4490.5
    J. McCann C31111101.162.295.486.7827.0
    J. Jones CF30000021.154.233.308.540-1.0
    b- T. Collins PH10000001.256.273.326.5980.0
    A. Romine 1B40000021.194.216.389.605-1.0
    Total353831178-----
    • a-grounded out for Avila in the 8th
    • b-grounded out for Jones in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B40100000.226.284.355.6381.0
    M. Kepler RF31000102.293.354.483.8372.0
    M. Sano 3B21000222.226.406.566.9722.0
    J. Mauer 1B31000103.207.258.224.4822.0
    R. Grossman DH31120120.310.473.476.9494.0
    J. Castro C40000003.214.365.310.6750.0
    J. Polanco SS31110110.278.339.389.7285.5
    E. Rosario LF31131001.226.268.302.5708.0
    B. Buxton CF30100020.096.145.135.2800.0
    Total2865616711-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Upton (3)
      • HR - J. McCann (4)
      • RBI - V. Martinez (7), J. Upton (7), J. McCann (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - V. Martinez, J. Upton (5), J. McCann
      BATTING
      • HR - E. Rosario
      • RBI - R. Grossman 2 (7), J. Polanco (8), E. Rosario 3 (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Polanco
      FIELDING
      • DP - I. Kinsler, A. Romine, M. Cabrera
      • E - J. McCann
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (L, 1-2)5.03446406.041.80-1.0
      K. Ryan (H, 4)0.10000007.710.000.0
      J. Jimenez (BS, 1)0.222201110.803.00-3.5
      B. Hardy1.00000100.000.003.5
      A. Sanchez1.000001013.500.003.5
      Total8.0566671---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (L, 1-2)5.0
      K. Ryan (H, 4)0.1
      J. Jimenez (BS, 1)0.2
      B. Hardy1.0
      A. Sanchez1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Santiago (W, 2-1)6.17331612.191.2620.0
      R. Pressly (H, 2)0.20000107.500.000.5
      T. Rogers (H, 3)1.00000002.250.003.0
      B. Kintzler (S, 4)1.01000000.001.009.0
      Total9.0833171---
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Santiago (W, 2-1)6.1
      R. Pressly (H, 2)0.2
      T. Rogers (H, 3)1.0
      B. Kintzler (S, 4)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 107-64, K. Ryan 2-2, J. Jimenez 15-12, B. Hardy 14-9, A. Sanchez 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 3-7, K. Ryan 1-0, J. Jimenez 1-0, B. Hardy 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 23, K. Ryan, J. Jimenez 4, B. Hardy 3, A. Sanchez 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Santiago 99-60, R. Pressly 8-5, T. Rogers 5-4, B. Kintzler 18-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Santiago 4-9, R. Pressly 1-0, T. Rogers 2-1, B. Kintzler 2-1
      • Batters Faced - H. Santiago 27, R. Pressly 2, T. Rogers 3, B. Kintzler 4
      • 6TH INNING
        Rosario homered to center, Grossman and Polanco scored36
        Polanco singled to shallow left, Mauer scored36
        Grossman singled to shallow right, Kepler and Sano scored, Mauer to second32
        McCann homered to left center30
      • 3RD INNING
        Upton doubled to deep center, Cabrera scored, Martinez to third20
        Martinez singled to shallow left, Castellanos scored, Cabrera to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Kintzler Pitching:
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook singled to shallow right center
        • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCann reached on fielder's choice to third, Mahtook out at second
        • T. Collins: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Collins grounded out to pitcher, McCann to second
        • A. Romine: Romine lined out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • T. Rogers Pitching:
        • D. Machado: Strike looking, Machado grounded out to pitcher
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Martinez lined out to second
        • J. Upton: Upton grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Castro flied out to left
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Ball, Romine popped out to first
        • I. Kinsler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Hardy Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kepler grounded out to second
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mauer grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Upton grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, McCann homered to left center
        • J. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
        • M. Sano: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sano walked, Kepler to second
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mauer walked, Kepler to third, Sano to second
        • R. Grossman: Grossman singled to shallow right, Kepler and Sano scored, Mauer to second
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Castro grounded out to second, Mauer to third, Grossman to second
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Polanco singled to shallow left, Mauer scored
        • E. Rosario: Rosario homered to center, Grossman and Polanco scored
        • B. Buxton: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Buxton struck out looking
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dozier grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (6 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Kinsler popped out to shortstop
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos flied out to right
        • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera singled to shallow center
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rosario flied out to deep left
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
        • B. Dozier: Dozier flied out to deep right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, McCann flied out to deep right
        • J. Jones: Ball, Jones grounded out to third
        • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
        • J. Castro: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Grossman out at second
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Kinsler flied out to center
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos singled to shallow center
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera singled to shallow right, Castellanos to third
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez singled to shallow left, Castellanos scored, Cabrera to second
        • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Upton doubled to deep center, Cabrera scored, Martinez to third
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Buxton reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • B. Dozier: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dozier singled to shallow left, Buxton to second
        • M. Kepler: Kepler lined out to right, Buxton to third
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mauer flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • J. Upton: Upton popped out to shortstop
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Foul, Mahtook grounded out to third
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
        • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
        • J. Castro: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro grounded out to second
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco walked
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Polanco stole second, Polanco to third on catcher McCann fielding error, Rosario popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • H. Santiago Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Kinsler popped out to second
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Castellanos struck out looking
        • M. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera singled to left
        • V. Martinez: Foul, Martinez flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier lined out to center
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Kepler grounded out to third
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sano walked
        • J. Mauer: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Mauer flied out to deep left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)