Radke is 7-0 in his last 10 starts against the Tigers, and 16-4 with a 4.35 ERA in 27 career starts against them—including three complete games and one shutout. He has struck out 103 while walking just 26 in 178 innings against Detroit.
The 31-year-old right-hander earned his first victory this season against Detroit, allowing five runs and nine hits with five strikeouts over five innings in the Twins’ 10-5 win April 10. It snapped the Tigers’ season-opening four-game win streak.
“It gives us confidence,” Ryan said. “You know you have a job to do, and they expect you to do that.”
“We’ve really been getting some clutch hits, and closing them down in the final innings with the pitching staff,” said Ford, subbing for Hunter in center field.
The Minnesota bullpen is 2-0 with a 0.61 ERA with 16 strikeouts in their last five games.
Rondell White hit a two-run homer, his second in as many games for the Tigers, who lost for the fourth time in six games.
“They executed and got guys in when they needed to and got runs when they had to,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said of the Twins. “We know we’ve got to play a full nine innings against them.”
Detroit completes a seven-game road trip at Minnesota before returning home for nine games.