[to top of second column]
"He pitched great," Cabrera said. "Every time he goes out there, you can see he always goes seven innings."
Verlander struck out two more Twins to start the seventh and another two in the eighth, getting former MVP Joe Mauer swinging on a breaking ball that dropped wickedly as it reached the plate. Morneau finally managed an RBI single that inning, chasing Verlander from the game. The tall right-hander received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd before he even left the mound, and he acknowledged the fans on his way to the dugout with a wave of his left hand.
Cabrera opened the scoring with a two-run single in the third, and the Tigers added three more runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Victor Martinez, Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta.
Avila and Austin Jackson both reached base four times for the Tigers. Brennan Boesch scored three runs.
Santiago led off the bottom of the sixth with a homer that made it 6-0, and Cabrera, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games, added an RBI single.
NOTES: Verlander threw 121 pitches. ... Minnesota SS Tsuyoshi Nishioka turned a slick double play in the eighth, fielding Boesch's grounder up the middle, sweeping his right leg across second base as he ran by, then throwing to first. ... Detroit's Delmon Young and Cabrera were thrown out at second in back-to-back at-bats in the sixth, trying to stretch singles into doubles. ... Minnesota OF Denard Span, who has been recovering from a concussion, did not play. ... The teams play Wednesday night in the rubber game of the three-game series. Detroit's Brad Penny (8-9) takes the mound against Minnesota's Carl Pavano (6-9). ... The Tigers are 9-2 against the Twins this season.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
< Sports index
Back to top
News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching & Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries
Law & Courts |
Spiritual Life |
Health & Fitness |
Calendar | Letters to the Editor