Alan Trammell and the Detroit Tigers hope their latest run is just the first act of a much longer play.
The surging Tigers will look to make it two straight victories over the Minnesota Twins when the teams resume their series at the Metrodome.
Jeremy Bonderman allowed five hits in his first complete game of the season, and the Tigers beat the Twins 7-2 on Tuesday for their sixth win in their last seven games.
The victory put the Tigers a game above .500 for the first time since late April. But they followed that high-water mark by losing six of their next seven games, a fate they hope to avoid repeating with the strong pitching, timely hitting and solid defense they displayed Tuesday.
“Sometimes when we play like this, we look pretty good,” Trammell said. “We just haven’t been able to sustain it.”
Placido Polanco, who’s batting .405 in 10 games since he was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia, had three hits for the Tigers, whose recent surge coincided with Polanco’s arrival.
“He can just hit the ball,” Bonderman said of Polanco. “He’s a great player. He fouls pitches off and makes guys work, and he plays great defense behind us.”
The Twins will be hoping Joe Mays can continue his dominance of the Tigers. The 29-year-old right-hander is 10-3 with a 2.33 ERA in 18 career appearances, including 16 starts, against Detroit.
Mays may have to be just as good on Wednesday because the Twins have just five runs and 17 hits over their last three games, all losses. By losing five of their last six, the Twins have slipped a season-high nine games behind the first-place Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.
“We’re going to string a few hits in a row one of these games, but not tonight,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’re searching a bit right now, trying to find out how to get away from this thing. We’ve got to find it quick.”