The Twins, who’ve split the first two games with the Tigers, haven’t won a series since taking two of three from the Toronto Blue Jays from May 17-19. Minnesota has dropped four straight series since, including three against last-place teams—one to Kansas City and two to Tampa Bay.
“We’d been winning with injuries, and all of a sudden we’ve hit a brick wall,” Twins outfielder Jacque Jones said.
Silva is looking to post consecutive wins after snapping a personal three-game losing streak. In a 16-4 win over the Devil Rays on Tuesday, Silva allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings to earn his first win since May 5.
“Today I just tried to relax a little more,” said Silva, who started the season 5-0 after being picked up in the offseason deal that sent Eric Milton to Philadelphia.
“I think today was my day.”
After taking the first game of the series 3-2 on Friday, the Twins suffered a 6-0 setback Saturday. Detroit starter Gary Knotts allowed just three hits over 7 2-3 innings. Matthew LeCroy had two of the three hits for the Twins, who have lost 11 of their last 16 games. It was the third time Minnesota has been shut out this season.
“Last night was a big win, and I thought we might turn it around (today) but (Knotts) pitched a pretty good game,” LeCroy said.
Ivan Rodriguez went 4-for-5 with four singles, and Carlos Guillen and Carlos Pena each homered for Detroit, which snapped a two-game skid. Relievers Steve Colyer and Ugueth Urbina finished the three-hitter, the Tigers’ fourth shutout of the season.