American League Game Summary - Detroit at Minnesota|
(Wednesday, August 15th)
Final Score: Detroit 5, Minnesota 1
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters over
seven scoreless innings Wednesday as the Tigers downed the Twins, 5-1, in the
rubber match of a three-game set at Target Field.
Scherzer (12-6) scattered four hits and walked two to earn the victory and has
now fanned eight or more in six consecutive starts.
"After that second inning, I was frustrated with myself," said Scherzer, who
walked the first two hitters of the inning before striking out the side. "I
needed to fire myself up and go after them and be aggressive with it. From
then on I was able to stay in the zone."
Miguel Cabrera knocked in two runs and clubbed his 30th home run of the year,
becoming the first player in Tigers history to hit at least 30 home runs in
five straight seasons.
Delmon Young added a two-run shot for the Tigers, who wrapped up a six-game
road trip at 3-3.
Cole De Vries (2-4) surrendered four runs on eight hits and two walks over
four-plus innings of work to take the loss.
Joe Mauer knocked in the lone run for the Twins, as they lost for the sixth
time in their last seven games.
"He's not second in the league in strikeouts for no reason," said Minnesota
outfielder Darin Mastroianni of Scherzer. "His fastball gets on you pretty
good and it moves around a little bit. He pitched fantastic and we saw the
Cabrera got the Tigers on the board in their first at-bat, crushing a two-out,
first-pitch fastball the opposite way over the high wall in right field to
give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Detroit added two more runs in the fourth when Alex Avila smacked a one-out
single to set the table for Young, who jumped on a first-pitch fastball and
launched it into the first row in left field to make it a 3-0 contest.
In the fifth, Andy Dirks stroked a leadoff double and Cabrera followed with a
base hit back up the middle to score Dirks for a four-run lead.
The Tigers tacked on a run in the eighth as Jhonny Peralta ripped a ground-
rule double down the left-field line that was touched by a fan before coming
around to score on Omar Infante's line-drive single to right.
Octavio Dotel entered for Scherzer in the eighth and surrendered Mauer's RBI
single, but Joaquin Benoit retired the Twins in order in the ninth to nail
down the victory.
Cabrera has hit at least 30 home runs in six straight seasons and eight of his
10 major league seasons overall ... The Twins optioned shortstop Brian Dozier
to Triple-A Rochester and recalled shortstop Pedro Florimon ... Minnesota went
1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left six on base.
08/15 17:13:48 ET