Tigers 7, Twins 4

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DETROIT – Chris Shelton had a three-run double during Detroit’s five-run third inning, and the Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.

The Tigers are 4-0 at home against Minnesota this season, outscoring the Twins 40-5. Detroit has won five straight four times in Jim Leyland’s six weeks as manager, one more than they did the previous three years with Alan Trammell.

Nate Robertson (4-2) limited Minnesota to three runs and seven hits in five innings, improving to 3-0 in his last five starts. Todd Jones, the fourth Tigers reliever, got the last three outs for his 10th save in 11 tries.

Kyle Lohse (2-4) gave up five runs and six hits in 2 2-3 innings. He is 0-3 against the Tigers with a 13.14 ERA in three starts this year.

Minnesota took a 3-0 lead on Rondell White’s RBI single in the second, and Torii Hunter’s run-scoring single and Michael Cuddyer’s sacrifice fly in the third.

However, Lohse couldn’t get out of the bottom of the third. After singles by Craig Monroe and Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco and Ivan Rodriguez made it 3-2 with back-to-back base hits.

Magglio Ordonez flied out, but Carlos Guillen walked to load the bases before Shelton’s drive to right-center field glanced off Cuddyer’s glove for a bases-clearing double.

The Tigers made it 7-2 in the fourth on a RBI single by Rodriguez and a bases-loaded walk to Guillen.

The Twins scored a single run in the seventh when Joel Zumaya walked Justin Morneau with the bases loaded, but Polanco snared White’s liner and stepped on second for an inning-ending unassisted double play.

Notes: 3B Tony Batista beat out an infield single in the sixth inning and continued running down the line for at least another 100 feet before finally coming to a stop in deep right field. … Lohse’s ERA rose to 8.92, and Minnesota starters are now 13-21 with a 6.64 ERA. … Guillen had more walks in a two-inning span (2) than double-play partner Polanco has all season (1). … Hunter narrowly escaped injury in the seventh when Zumaya’s 98 mph fastball missed his jaw by a few inches. … DH Dmitri Young (quad) was in the lineup for the first time since May 10, but went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

AP-ES-05-16-06 2206EDT

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