Tigers 8, Twins 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Nothing is going right for the Minnesota Twins right now. That’s a bad time to be playing a team that can do no wrong.
“Everything is working right now,” said first baseman Dmitri Young, who left the game in the second inning with an injured right index finger. “That’s all you can ask for.”
The Tigers roughed up Twins starter Joe Mays (3-3), getting six runs and eight hits in just four innings, snapping Mays’ eight-game winning streak against Detroit and extending the Twins’ losing streak to a season-high four games.
“Tonight was an ugly night,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We didn’t get it done anywhere.”
Robertson (3-5) scattered five hits and struck out six to win for the first time in five starts. The Tigers, who have been energized since acquiring infielder Placido Polanco in a trade with Philadelphia, have won four in a row and seven of eight, including Jeremy Bonderman’s complete-game win over the Twins on Tuesday night.
“This is by far the best run of the year,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “I’m enjoying watching these guys play.”
Mays had not lost to the Tigers since Sept. 29, 2000, and even that performance was a gem. He gave up just one run in eight innings of a 1-0 loss.
But he was dreadful on Wednesday night. He gave up five earned runs, walked three, had a wild pitch that led to a run and basically got beat up by a team that entered the night ranked 11th in the American League in hits and runs scored.
It was one of those days for the Twins, or more accurately, “It’s been one of those weeks,” Mays said. “We haven’t been able to shake the shanks we’ve got right now.”
Mays failed to reach the fifth inning for the second straight start. He gave up six runs and 10 hits in four innings of a no-decision against the Giants last week.
He’s not the only starter struggling for the Twins, who have not had a starting pitcher record a victory in nine games. Twins’ starters are 0-6 with a 6.10 ERA during that span.
Detroit broke the game open with a three-run fourth that began with a solo homer by Infante.
That was more than enough for Robertson against the Twins’ anemic offense. Minnesota has scored just 12 runs in their last five games, an average of 2.4 per game.
The crowd voiced its displeasure several times, booing the Twins at bat, on the mound and in the field.
“We’re probably as frustrated as they are right now,” Mays said. “If we had the option, we’d boo ourselves too.”
Robertson was only too happy to take advantage of the hibernating Twins’ hitters after going 0-2 with 17 runs allowed in his previous four starts. It was his second career complete game, with the other coming last August against Kansas City.
“Offensively, they haven’t been scoring,” Trammell said. “Maybe we’re catching them at a good time, but that’s part of the game and that can change anytime.”
After giving up an RBI single to Lew Ford in the first—unearned because Young committed an error in the inning—Robertson allowed just three hits and no runners past second base the rest of the game.
With no production at the plate, and not much more from their starting pitching, the three-time defending AL Central champions have fallen 10 games behind the Chicago White Sox in the division.
“Baseball is not on our side right now,” Twins shortstop Juan Castro said. “Sometimes you just get in bad days like that.”
Twins pitchers combined to walk a season-high nine. … X-rays on Young’s finger were negative and he is listed as day-to-day. Jason Smith replaced him at first base, playing the position for the first time this season. … Tigers CF Nook Logan’s fourth-inning single broke an 0-for-17 slump. … The Twins haven’t trailed by 10 games in the AL Central since they finished the 2000 season in fifth place, 26 games behind the White Sox. … Castro went 0-for-3 on Wednesday and is currently in an 0-for-23 slump.