Tigers 18, Twins 1
DETROIT (AP)—The Detroit Tigers now have one thing in common with their 1993 counterparts—a 17-run victory.
They hope to add a second item to that list by becoming the first Tigers team since that year to finish the season with a winning record.
Magglio Ordonez and Curtis Granderson also connected for Detroit, which outscored the Twins 27-1 in a span of less than 24 hours. The Tigers’ 18 runs Saturday were their most since Aug. 8, 2001, when they got 13 in the ninth inning to win 19-6 at Texas.
The last time Detroit won by 17 was a 20-3 victory over Seattle on April 17, 1993.
“We’re having fun right now,” Craig Monroe said. “It has been one of those things where everything goes right. It’s great to do this against a team like that.”
Minnesota hadn’t lost by 17 runs since a 17-0 defeat against the Angels on April 23, 1980, when Kenny Landreaux broke up Bruce Kison’s no-hit bid with one out in the ninth.
“That was a very bad game,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We had a nice series in Kansas City, and now we’ve had two ugly games in a row.”
Gardenhire held a brief team meeting after the game, but wouldn’t comment on what he said.
“I hate this, because we aren’t a sloppy team,” he said. “But that’s how we’ve been playing.”
Guillen had four RBIs in Friday night’s 9-0 win over the Twins, giving him nine in less than 24 hours.
Justin Verlander (3-2) cruised to the easy win, allowing one run and six hits in seven innings. The victory was the rookie’s first at Comerica Park in three career starts.
“It’s nice to get all those runs—it makes things a lot easier,” Verlander said. “It’s just tough to keep your mind in the game with that kind of lead.”
Carlos Silva (1-4) continued his season-long struggles, giving up nine runs and nine hits in just 2 2-3 innings. Silva has an 10.31 ERA, having allowed at least five runs in each of his five starts.
Granderson, Ordonez, Guillen and Monroe each had three of Detroit’s 23 hits. Granderson also drove in three runs.
“He tried to come after us, but we were able to attack back and hit the ball hard,” Granderson said. “He kept getting the ball up.”
“The disappointing thing about this is that we’re a good fundamental team,” Michael Cuddyer said. “We didn’t play like that today, though.”
Guillen started the scoring with a three-run homer off Silva in the first, and Granderson added a two-run shot in the second.
With one out in the third, Guillen hit his second homer of the game, making it 7-0. Chris Shelton doubled and scored on Alexis Gomez’s single, and Granderson added an RBI double to give the Tigers a nine-run lead after three innings.
It was 11-0 after Ordonez’s homer and Monroe’s run-scoring double in the fourth. Castillo’s RBI double got the Twins on the scoreboard in the fifth, but Detroit added four more off Francisco Liriano and Jesse Crain in the sixth.
Ordonez hit an RBI single, then scored on Liriano’s third wild pitch of the inning before Brandon Inge made it 15-1 with a two-run double.
Detroit made it 17-1 in the seventh, scoring two runs on Juan Castro’s bases-loaded throwing error. Rodriguez added an RBI single in the eighth.
Ten Tigers had hits, including all nine starters, and nine scored runs. … The Tigers scored 24 runs April 5-6, beating Kansas City 14-3 and 10-6. … In Minnesota’s last 13 games, Twins starting pitchers are 1-8 with an 8.01 ERA. “I’m baffled,” Gardenhire said. “I know we have good pitchers.” … Ordonez’s homer in the fourth was the 200th of his career. … Guillen had more RBIs in 21 hours (nine) than he had in the season’s first 22 games. … Twins DH Ruben Sierra left in the eighth with a strained left biceps. He appeared to get hurt while swinging at a pitch and was scheduled to have an MRI. Mike Redmond entered with a 3-2 count and struck out, which was credited to Sierra.