Tigers Lose To Twins

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Nick Blackburn combined with two relievers on a five-hitter, and Joe Mauer's two-out, two-run single sparked a five-run third inning that led the surging Minnesota Twins over the Detroit Tigers 7-0 Wednesday.
Minnesota took two of three from the Tigers and has won 13 of its last 15 games. Detroit, which had won 18 of 22 coming into the series, was shut out for the 10th time this season, the most in the major leagues.
The Twins have outscored the Tigers 39-17 in six games at the Metrodome this year, winning five.
Blackburn (7-4) allowed three hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked one. Jesse Crain allowed two hits in the eighth, and Boof Bonser pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
In his previous start, Blackburn gave up six runs and four homers June 27 in a no-decision against Milwaukee. He has given up four or more earned runs in five starts this year, and in the starts directly after, he is 5-0 with a 1.82 ERA.
Eddie Bonine (2-1) was chased after 2 2-3 innings, the shortest of his four major league starts. He gave up five runs -- just two earned -- and seven hits.
Minnesota used small ball, laying down three bunts in the game and putting together its third-inning rally with five singles, a walked and an error by third baseman Carlos Guillen.
Nick Punto walked opening the third and, following a forceout, Carlos Gomez doubled over Guillen, who was creeping in. Gomez had opened the game with a bunt single.
Mauer's two-out single put the Twins ahead to stay, and cleanup hitter Justin Morneau reached on an infield chopper off the plate that Guillen bobbled. Jason Kubel, Delmon Young and Brian Buscher followed with consecutive RBI singles.


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