Rodríguez slam, VerHagen lead Tigers over Twins 9-6

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins are looking for a big finish, and Jose Berrios has turned into a concern for the AL Central leaders.

Berrios surrendered Ronny Rodriguez's first career grand slam in the sixth inning of Minnesota's 9-6 loss to the lowly Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

Berrios (10-7) allowed five runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. The All-Star right-hander has yielded at least five earned runs in two of his past four starts after having one such game in the first four months.

''Jose is a guy we have complete confidence in,'' manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''He's a guy that we trust that he's going to be looking for what is next and how to get back to where he's been for a long period of time. But it's definitely a point where it's a little bit of a regrouping point.''

Miguel Sano and Jake Cave each homered twice for Minnesota, which had its lead in the division trimmed to 2 1/2 games over Cleveland.

Rodriguez had three hits for Detroit, and Drew VerHagen struck out 11 in a career-high six innings. Rodriguez's 10th homer capped the Tigers' five-run sixth.

VerHagen (4-2) got another chance in the Tigers' beleaguered rotation and had the best outing of his career. He permitted three runs and five hits.

''I haven't had that great of a run on starts in the big leagues,'' VerHagen said. ''But that felt really good. It felt like me. I was happy with my stuff and just attacking guys. Ronny came up with a big hit there, which was huge for us.''

In four August starts, Berrios has an 8.43 ERA and the Twins have dropped three of the games. He left the Minnesota clubhouse before reporters were allowed in after the loss.

''He's going to make his next start,'' Baldelli said. ''He feels good. But finding out where we can get to a point or how we can get to a point where he's executing the way he can.''

Down 5-3, the Twins loaded the bases in the seventh against Jose Cisnero. But Buck Farmer entered and got Jorge Polanco to pop out in foul territory to end the inning.

''We know we have a really good team,'' Cave said. ''We know that a couple losses don't really mean anything. One day at a time. You know, the old cliche. You can't really do anything else about it.''

HITTING TIGERS

Detroit entered with the league's worst offense in total runs and batting average. The Tigers had 17 hits Friday night - two shy of their season high - and didn't let Berrios off the hook in the sixth.

Harold Castro and Miguel Cabrera started the inning with singles and Dawel Lugo hit an RBI double. Berrios walked Travis Demeritte to load the bases in front of Rodriguez's homer.

Castro and Lugo each had three hits. Rodriguez is hitting .323 with three home runs and six RBIs in eight games since being recalled from Triple-A Toledo.

''I think there's a little bit of confidence going right now,'' Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We're starting to swing the bats. We know we're going to have our moments, and we were in a lot of these games.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: 2B Niko Goodrum left in the fourth inning with left groin tightness and Gardenhire said he will be placed on the injured list. Goodrum returned Thursday after missing four games with a groin injury. ... INF Jeimer Candelario was reinstated from the injured list after recovering from a left thumb injury. He was optioned to Triple-A where he was on a rehab assignment.

Twins: OF Byron Buxton is nearing a return from a left shoulder subluxation after going through a round of full baseball activities before the game. Baldelli said Buxton will go on a rehab assignment ''soon.'' ... OF Eddie Rosario was out of the lineup after leaving the previous game with a hamstring injury. Baldelli said an MRI was ''clean'' and Rosario said he was doing better.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-6, 8.46 ERA) starts on Saturday. Jackson has a 3.86 ERA for the Tigers this season after losing his last start at Houston, when he allowed five runs in five innings.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (11-6, 4.40 ERA) will make his second start of the season against Detroit. Gibson allowed five runs in five innings in a loss at Detroit on June 8.

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DET39-87
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MIN77-51
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  • W: D. VerHagen (4-2)L: J. Berrios (10-7)
  • HR: DET - R. Rodriguez (10), MIN - M. Sano 2 (25), J. Cave 2 (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
V. Reyes LF51100002.270.315.387.7022.0
H. Castro CF51320000.286.301.392.6938.0
M. Cabrera DH41200112.281.342.388.7303.5
N. Goodrum 2B10000101.248.322.421.7431.0
D. Lugo 3B32310000.217.247.303.5508.0
B. Dixon 1B51100026.252.292.452.7432.0
T. Demeritte RF41220102.280.360.453.8146.0
R. Rodriguez 3B-2B52341011.234.263.472.73513.5
J. Mercer SS50200022.255.296.404.7011.0
J. Rogers C40000024.125.233.313.545-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Kepler CF40000121.252.333.528.8600.0
    J. Polanco SS41100103.295.358.494.8523.0
    N. Cruz DH50110031.301.386.6581.0441.5
    M. Gonzalez RF40000031.262.324.416.740-1.5
    L. Arraez 2B41100021.340.405.442.8471.0
    M. Sano 3B42232020.246.343.572.91512.0
    E. Adrianza 1B40000010.287.371.431.802-0.5
    J. Castro C40200010.244.327.472.7991.5
    J. Cave LF22222100.270.371.426.79714.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Castro 2 (8), D. Lugo 2 (4), B. Dixon (16)
      • HR - R. Rodriguez (10)
      • RBI - H. Castro 2 (30), D. Lugo (14), T. Demeritte 2 (7), R. Rodriguez 4 (30)
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Castro 2 (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Reyes, M. Cabrera, N. Goodrum, B. Dixon 2 (2), T. Demeritte 2 (2), J. Rogers
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Cruz (23)
      • HR - M. Sano 2 (25), J. Cave 2 (4)
      • RBI - N. Cruz (81), M. Sano 3 (54), J. Cave 2 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Sano 2 (26)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler, J. Polanco 3 (3), N. Cruz, L. Arraez
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Rodriguez (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - V. Reyes (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Polanco-Arraez-Adrianza)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. VerHagen (W, 4-2)6.053311126.311.6824.5
      J. Cisnero (H, 1)0.21001104.071.48-1.5
      B. Farmer (H, 12)1.12220113.981.31-0.5
      J. Jimenez1.01111114.811.320.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. VerHagen (W, 4-2)6.0
      J. Cisnero (H, 1)0.2
      B. Farmer (H, 12)1.1
      J. Jimenez1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (L, 10-7)5.110552513.531.21-4.5
      T. Duffey1.11001102.861.111.5
      T. May0.10000003.331.190.0
      S. Romo0.23220103.751.15-4.5
      R. Harper1.13220103.651.16-1.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (L, 10-7)5.1
      T. Duffey1.1
      T. May0.1
      S. Romo0.2
      R. Harper1.1
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Cisnero (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. VerHagen 96-56, J. Cisnero 23-11, B. Farmer 14-10, J. Jimenez 22-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. VerHagen 2-4, J. Jimenez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. VerHagen 23, J. Cisnero 5, B. Farmer 6, J. Jimenez 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 93-66, T. Duffey 22-16, T. May 4-2, S. Romo 24-16, R. Harper 14-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 4-5, T. May 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 26, T. Duffey 6, T. May, S. Romo 5, R. Harper 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      DET39-87
      0000050229170
      MIN77-51
      110010021690
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      V. Reyes LF51100002.270.315.387.7022.0
      H. Castro CF51320000.286.301.392.6938.0
      M. Cabrera DH41200112.281.342.388.7303.5
      N. Goodrum 2B10000101.248.322.421.7431.0
      D. Lugo 3B32310000.217.247.303.5508.0
      B. Dixon 1B51100026.252.292.452.7432.0
      T. Demeritte RF41220102.280.360.453.8146.0
      R. Rodriguez 3B-2B52341011.234.263.472.73513.5
      J. Mercer SS50200022.255.296.404.7011.0
      J. Rogers C40000024.125.233.313.545-1.0
      Total41917913820-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Kepler CF40000121.252.333.528.8600.0
        J. Polanco SS41100103.295.358.494.8523.0
        N. Cruz DH50110031.301.386.6581.0441.5
        M. Gonzalez RF40000031.262.324.416.740-1.5
        L. Arraez 2B41100021.340.405.442.8471.0
        M. Sano 3B42232020.246.343.572.91512.0
        E. Adrianza 1B40000010.287.371.431.802-0.5
        J. Castro C40200010.244.327.472.7991.5
        J. Cave LF22222100.270.371.426.79714.0
        Total3569643147-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - H. Castro 2 (8), D. Lugo 2 (4), B. Dixon (16)
          • HR - R. Rodriguez (10)
          • RBI - H. Castro 2 (30), D. Lugo (14), T. Demeritte 2 (7), R. Rodriguez 4 (30)
          • 2-Out RBI - H. Castro 2 (14)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Reyes, M. Cabrera, N. Goodrum, B. Dixon 2 (2), T. Demeritte 2 (2), J. Rogers
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Cruz (23)
          • HR - M. Sano 2 (25), J. Cave 2 (4)
          • RBI - N. Cruz (81), M. Sano 3 (54), J. Cave 2 (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Sano 2 (26)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler, J. Polanco 3 (3), N. Cruz, L. Arraez
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - R. Rodriguez (3)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - V. Reyes (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Polanco-Arraez-Adrianza)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. VerHagen (W, 4-2)6.053311126.311.6824.5
          J. Cisnero (H, 1)0.21001104.071.48-1.5
          B. Farmer (H, 12)1.12220113.981.31-0.5
          J. Jimenez1.01111114.811.320.5
          Total9.09663144---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. VerHagen (W, 4-2)6.0
          J. Cisnero (H, 1)0.2
          B. Farmer (H, 12)1.1
          J. Jimenez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Berrios (L, 10-7)5.110552513.531.21-4.5
          T. Duffey1.11001102.861.111.5
          T. May0.10000003.331.190.0
          S. Romo0.23220103.751.15-4.5
          R. Harper1.13220103.651.16-1.5
          Total9.01799381---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Berrios (L, 10-7)5.1
          T. Duffey1.1
          T. May0.1
          S. Romo0.2
          R. Harper1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Cisnero (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. VerHagen 96-56, J. Cisnero 23-11, B. Farmer 14-10, J. Jimenez 22-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. VerHagen 2-4, J. Jimenez 1-1
          • Batters Faced - D. VerHagen 23, J. Cisnero 5, B. Farmer 6, J. Jimenez 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 93-66, T. Duffey 22-16, T. May 4-2, S. Romo 24-16, R. Harper 14-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 4-5, T. May 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 26, T. Duffey 6, T. May, S. Romo 5, R. Harper 6
          • 9TH INNING
            Cave homered to center96
            Demeritte singled to right, Lugo and Dixon scored95
          • 8TH INNING
            Sano homered to left, Arraez scored75
            Castro doubled to right center, Rodriguez and Reyes scored73
          • 6TH INNING
            Rodriguez homered to left, Cabrera, Lugo and Demeritte scored53
            Lugo doubled to right, Castro scored, Cabrera to third13
          • 5TH INNING
            Cave homered to right center03
          • 2ND INNING
            Sano homered to left02
          • 1ST INNING
            Cruz doubled to deep center, Polanco scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • R. Harper Pitching:
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Lugo reached on an infield single to third
            • B. Dixon: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Dixon doubled to right, Lugo to third
            • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Foul, Demeritte singled to right, Lugo and Dixon scored
            • R. Rodriguez: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging, Demeritte out at second
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer lined out to left
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Buck Farmer
            • J. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro grounded out to third
            • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cave homered to center
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Cruz flied out to deep right
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Sergio Romo relieved Trevor May
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Rodriguez singled to center
            • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rodriguez stole second, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
            • Ja. Rogers: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Rogers lined out to first
            • V. Reyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Reyes reached on an infield single to shortstop, Rodriguez to third
            • H. Castro: Ball, Castro doubled to right center, Rodriguez and Reyes scored
            • Ryne Harper relieved Sergio Romo
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera lined out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Farmer Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez popped out to third
            • L. Arraez: Arraez singled to shallow center
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Sano homered to left, Arraez scored
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Adrianza flied out to right
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • T. Duffey Pitching:
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Castro lined out to second
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • D. Lugo: Lugo doubled to right center, Cabrera to third
            • B. Dixon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
            • Trevor May relieved Tyler Duffey
            • T. Demeritte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Demeritte grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jose Cisnero relieved Drew VerHagen
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • E. Adrianza: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Adrianza popped out to shortstop
            • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castro singled to right center
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Cave hit by pitch, Castro to second
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked, Castro to third, Cave to second
            • J. Polanco: Ball
            • Polanco fouled out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Castro singled to right center
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera singled to shallow left, Castro to second
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Lugo doubled to right, Castro scored, Cabrera to third
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Dixon lined out to shortstop
            • T. Demeritte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Demeritte walked
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez homered to left, Cabrera, Lugo and Demeritte scored
            • J. Mercer: Mercer singled to center
            • Tyler Duffey relieved Jose Berrios
            • Ja. Rogers: Strike looking, Ball, Rogers lined out to center
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Reyes flied out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. VerHagen Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Arraez struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Mercer singled to center
            • Ja. Rogers: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rogers struck out swinging
            • V. Reyes: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Mercer out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. VerHagen Pitching:
            • J. Castro: Ball, Castro singled to left, Castro out at second
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cave homered to right center
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kepler flied out to left
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Polanco flied out to shallow right
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • B. Dixon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
            • T. Demeritte: Ball, Demeritte lined out to center
            • R. Rodriguez: Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Dawel Lugo at third base
            • L. Arraez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Arraez struck out swinging
            • M. Sano: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • V. Reyes: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Reyes flied out to left
            • H. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cabrera singled to shallow center
            • N. Goodrum: Goodrum grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. VerHagen Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Polanco fouled out to right
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • T. Demeritte: Foul, Ball, Demeritte singled to center
            • R. Rodriguez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rodriguez singled to center, Demeritte to third
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Rodriguez out at second, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mercer struck out looking
            • Ja. Rogers: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rogers struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. VerHagen Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Ball, Sano homered to left
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Adrianza grounded out to second
            • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cave walked
            • M. Kepler: Kepler grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Reyes lined out to center
            • H. Castro: Castro doubled to deep left
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Goodrum walked
            • B. Dixon: Ball, Dixon flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. VerHagen Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Polanco singled to right
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Cruz doubled to deep center, Polanco scored
            • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • L. Arraez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arraez lined out to left
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)