DETROIT (AP) – Craig Monroe had a career-high five hits and tied a career best with six RBIs, leading the Detroit Tigers past the Minnesota Twins 12-6 on Friday night.

Detroit had a season-high 18 hits, including three doubles by Monroe, and combined to score nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Monroe had a three-run double in the fifth and doubled in two more runs in the sixth.

Juan Castro homered and drove in a career-high four runs, and Jacque Jones homered for Minnesota.

Mike Maroth (8-10) got the win despite allowing six runs and eight hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Joe Mays (5-5) gave up a season-high eight runs – seven earned – and 10 hits in four-plus innings. He walked two and struck out two.

Mays was chased in the fifth when the Tigers broke a 3-all tie with five runs.

Dmitri Young’s RBI single scored Chris Shelton to make it 4-3. After an error by second baseman Bret Boone allowed Ivan Rodriguez to reach base and load the bases, Monroe hit a double to center field to score all three runners.

Mays was then replaced by Terry Mulholland, who balked Monroe to third and allowed Omar Infante’s RBI single.

Minnesota got within 8-6 on a three-run double by Castro, but Detroit added four more in the sixth on Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly, Monroe’s two-run double and Curtis Granderson’s RBI triple.

The Tigers tied a season high with six hits in the inning.

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the first on Torii Hunter’s run-scoring double. Detroit tied it in its half on Magglio Ordonez’s sacrifice fly.

Castro’s two-out home run in the second put the Twins back up by one, before Brandon Inge’s sacrifice fly tied it again. Detroit went ahead 3-2 on Monroe’s two-out RBI single in the third.

Jones tied it at 3 with a home run leading off the third.

Notes: The Tigers acquired INF John McDonald from the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later. … Detroit also placed 2B Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 12, with a strained left hamstring tendon. … Detroit recalled OF Granderson from Triple-A Toledo and designated LHP Doug Creek for assignment. … Detroit transferred RHP Troy Percival from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. … Minnesota 1B Justin Morneau is 1-for-26. … Shelton was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 14 games (25-for-61, .409). … Ordonez went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 14 games (24-for-57, .421).

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