After being outscored 32-10 (including 12-4 earlier today), through the first three games of a weekend series with the Minneosta Twins (58-71), the Detroit Tigers (69-59) were able to bounce back and take game two of Saturday's double header, 8-6, at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Justin Verlander (10-11, 4.82 ERA) got his first start since August 11 for the Tigers, and faced early adversity in his return from shoulder inflammation. His pitch count rose quickly, resulting in a short start that spanned just 5.2 innings. Verlander surrendered four earned runs on eight hits, while striking out six Twins' batters.
Fortunately for Detroit, they were able to give the pitching staff some much needed run support by driving in runners in six of the first eight innings of the game, including multi-RBI performances from Nick Castellanos (2) and Eugenio Suarez (2).
Trailing 8-5 and entering the bottom of the ninth, the Twins were able to claw to within two runs of the Tigers with Joe Nathan on the hill for Detroit . Eventually the Tigers' closer was able to shut the door on the Twins' rally efforts.
The Tigers' offense belted 17 hits (15 singles) in the victory, and only Rajai Davis was held without a hit for Detroit. Over the first three games of the weekend series with Minnesota, the Tigers have combined for 42 base-knocks.
The win for Detroit snapped a three-game losing skid, and moves the Tigers three games behind the Royals for the lead in the AL Central, and one game behind the Seattle Mariners for the second Wild Card position in the American League.
The Tigers and Twins will finish their weekend series tomorrow afternoon at Target Field with the first pitch scheduled for 2:10 pm. Coverage on AM 590 WKZO will begin at 1:45.