Twins 4, Tigers 1
DETROIT (AP)—Carlos Silva shut down Detroit to get his first win in more than a month.
“Early in the game, I felt very good,” Silva said. “But from two through fourth innings, I wasn’t hitting my spots. By fifth and sixth, I got it back and started hitting my spots.”
Silva (11-8) struck out six and walked none for his first victory in seven starts since Aug. 3 against Anaheim.
J.C. Romero pitched the seventh to extend his scoreless streak to 35 2-3 innings, Juan Rincon threw the eighth and Joe Nathan finished for his 40th save in 43 chances. Minnesota, heading to its third straight AL Central title, has won three straight and eight of 10.
Mike Maroth (10-11) dropped to 0-3 against the Twins this season, allowing four runs, eight hits and four walks in 6 2-3 innings. Detroit outhit Minnesota 10-9.
“It seems like every time we play the Twins, I don’t pitch bad against them,” Maroth said. “But somehow, they end up walking away with the win. It seems like that every time I start against them.”
Brandon Inge’s RBI single put the Tigers ahead in the fourth, but the Twins took a 3-1 lead in the fifth on Terry Tiffee’s RBI double, Jones’ run-scoring groundout and Maroth’s wild pitch with the bases loaded.
“We were a little impatient at first,” Jones said. “But we settled down and got some hits and got some men on base.”
He added an RBI double in the seventh that chased Maroth.
Detroit had two on with one out in the fourth, but Silva struck out Dmitri Young and retired White on a comebacker, knocking down the ball with his glove, then picking it up as it rolled toward the plate and throwing to first.
“He had pretty good sinkers. I didn’t see another pitch other than a fastball.” Inge said. “When a guy has that much movement, which he does have a lot of downward movement on his fastball, he’s going to get a lot of ground balls. It’s kind of tough to put some good swings on them. He was just spotting well.”
White re-aggravated his right hip flexor on the play and left the game.
Monroe was 2-for-4 and stretched his career-high hitting streak to 12 games (18-for-44). … The Twins had runners caught off first base in the third and fourth innings. Maroth picked off Jones for the final out of the third and one inning later, Torii Hunter misjudged Maroth’s delivery and took a couple of steps toward second. Maroth threw back to first and Hunter was tagged out by Carlos Pena. … Pena’s double in the fourth broke an 0-for-10 skid. … Minnesota pitchers struck out 12.