Tigers Rocked By Minnesota 11-3

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Morneau homered and the Minnesota Twins roughed up Justin Verlander in a 11-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
Morneau had three hits and scored three times for the Twins, who reached base 23 times -- 17 hits, five walks and a hit batsman -- against five Tigers pitchers. Every player in their lineup had at least one hit, and six had at least two.
Verlander (1-1) had his first poor outing of the year, allowing five runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in three innings. He came into the game with a 2.08 ERA, third-best among American League starters.
Carlos Silva (2-1) wasn't sharp either, allowing 10 hits and a walk in six innings, but he held the Tigers to three runs.
After Verlander got out of a first-inning jam by picking Nick Punto off first, Magglio Ordonez gave the Tigers the lead with a two-run double in the bottom half. Ordonez was thrown out trying for third, Carlos Guillen followed with a triple and Silva got Sean Casey to ground out to get out of the inning.
The Twins scored four times in the second, helped by first baseman Casey's throwing error, and added a fifth run in the third on Morneau's sixth homer.
The Tigers made it 5-3 with a run in the bottom of the third, but hurt themselves with two baserunning problems in the inning. With runners on first and second and none out, Torii Hunter dropped Gary Sheffield's shallow fly, but was able to recover and force Curtis Granderson at third.
After Ordonez popped up, Guillen hit an RBI double, but Luis Rodriguez's relay throw was in time to get Sheffield at the plate to end the inning.
Minnesota then put the game away with three runs in a wild fifth. With runners on the corners, Hunter grounded back to reliever Wil Ledezma. Ledezma trapped Michael Cuddyer off third, but was called for obstruction during the ensuing rundown, allowing the run to score.
After Jason Kubel followed with a two-run single to make it 8-3, Ledezma yelled at plate umpire Paul Nauert and was ejected. Tiger manager Jim Leyland also was thrown out after Ledezma's ejection.
Minnesota added a pair of runs in the eighth on Cuddyer's sacrifice fly and Hunter's RBI single.


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