MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—The Minnesota Twins figured Detroit would beat them eventually—just not this badly.
Craig Monroe hit a three-run homer and the Tigers snapped a 16-game losing streak against Minnesota, beating the Twins 9-2 Saturday night.
It was the Tigers’ first win over the Twins since May 5, 2002.
“Eventually they’ll get you,” Shannon Stewart said. “That’s why baseball is baseball. That’s why we won the other night on a passed ball.”
“It’s more important that we can stop this five-game losing streak,” Manager Alan Trammell said. “I haven’t been around for all those others.”
Denny Hocking had two hits and an RBI for the Twins, who had won three in a row.
Maroth allowed nine hits, struck out three and walked three. He worked in and out of trouble most of the game, striking out Hunter and Dustan Mohr to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the first.
“To stop that was huge,” Trammell said.
Rick Reed (5-10) gave up eight hits and four runs in seven innings, striking out five and walking one.
Detroit scored four runs in the third. Morris doubled with one out and scored on Bobby Higginson’s single to right. Kevin Witt followed with a single and, with two out, Monroe hit a hanging curveball from Reed for his 11th homer.
“That’s what we’re capable of doing,” Monroe said. “Guys aren’t where they want to be for sure, but it’s a grind, a battle.”
Minnesota threatened in the fourth, putting runners on first and third with one out. But Maroth struck out Luis Rivas, and Cristian Guzman was thrown out trying to steal home with Doug Mientkiewicz at the plate.
“There is a play involved there, but that’s not the way it’s supposed to go,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’ll call that a miscommunication.”
Ahead 4-2, Detroit batted around in the eighth to break it open. Ramon Santiago’s two-run single with the bases loaded made it 6-2, and the Tigers loaded the bases again in the inning before Morris tripled off Joe Mays to make it 9-2.
Minnesota lost its 27th home game of the season, matching last year’stotal.
The Tigers announced after the game that catcher A.J. Hinch was coming off the 15-day DL and OF Andres Torres was optioned to Triple-A Toledo of the International League. … Eight of Detroit’s nine runs came with two outs. … Dmitri Young, who sat out the last two games with nagging leg injuries, pinch-hit in the eighth and was hit by a pitch. … Detroit’s Alex Sanchez stole second base in the first and fourth innings, giving him 24 stolen bases for the season as a Tiger. He stole eight with the Brewers. … Minnesota’s club record for consecutive wins against an opponent is 17, set against Boston from 1965-1966. … Reed is the 10th pitcher to lose 10 games in the AL thisseason. Half of them are in the Central.