DETROIT (AP) – Jeremy Bonderman pitched into the ninth inning for his 13th win, and Curtis Granderson homered and tripled to send the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory Sunday over the Minnesota Twins.

Carlos Guillen also connected and Magglio Ordonez added three hits for the Tigers (49-49), who have reached .500 by winning 12 of 18 – including three of five against the Twins and two of three against the first-place White Sox in the past week. Minnesota has lost 11 of 18.

Bonderman (13-6) is second in the AL in wins, trailing only 15-game winner Jon Garland of Chicago. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed two runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out six.

He gave up a leadoff homer to Joe Mauer in the ninth and a single to Torii Hunter before leaving to a standing ovation from the crowd of 27,966. Jamie Walker walked Jacque Jones and gave way to Kyle Farnsworth, who got a double-play ball and finished for his fifth save.

Bonderman and Farnsworth were both eligible to pitch while appealing the suspensions they received for their roles in last Sunday’s brawl with Kansas City.

Bonderman just missed his third complete game in a little more than a month. He went the distance on July 1 against the New York Yankees and June 21 against the Twins.

Kyle Lohse (7-9) gave up five runs – four earned – and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings. Lohse, who walked three, is winless in his last four starts and has not won in his last six against AL Central teams.

Chris Shelton hit a two-out single in the first, Ordonez followed with a double and Shelton scored the first run when Shannon Stewart was charged with an error for mishandling Ordonez’s hit down the left-field line.

Ordonez extended his hitting streak to 17 games.

The Twins tied it at 1 in the third with Michael Cuddyer’s triple, off Granderson’s glove in center, and Stewart’s single.

Granderson’s two-out RBI triple put Detroit ahead 2-1 in the fourth. He was called up from the minors Friday and hit his first major league homer during the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Guillen led off the fifth with a homer, his first since May 5. Shelton then doubled and scored on Ordonez’s single. Granderson’s homer in the sixth, a 426-foot shot to right-center, made it 5-1.

Notes: Dating to Aug. 23 of last year, Bonderman is 18-9. Over the last two seasons, he is 16-9 after a Tigers loss. … Lohse has lost his last two starts against Detroit after winning the previous 10. … The Twins stay on the road, facing the New York Yankees on Tuesday and Boston on Friday. … Detroit plays at Seattle on Monday and Oakland on Friday. … Minnesota’s Lew Ford, pinch-hitting in the eighth, snapped an 0-for-21 skid with a single.

AP-ES-07-24-05 1549EDT


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