Twins jump on Tigers for 10-4 victory
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wilson Ramos had another three hits in Joe Mauer's place and Michael Cuddyer added a three-run homer to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 10-4 victory over Detroit on Monday night, snapping the Tigers' five-game winning streak.
Ramos had two doubles and an RBI and Scott Baker (3-2) allowed three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts in seven innings for the Twins.
Detroit starter Max Scherzer (1-2) gave up 10 runs on eight hits with four walks in 4 1-3 innings in his second straight poor outing against the Twins. This time, his offense couldn't bail him out.
Austin Jackson had three hits to raise his average to .377, but the Twins were up 7-0 after two innings against Scherzer, who has given up 18 hits and 16 runs in his last two starts against Minnesota.
Mauer missed his third straight game with a bruised left heel, but the Twins haven't missed a beat yet without the reigning AL MVP and three-time batting champion. Ramos had a great spring, but was sent down to get regular at-bats in Triple-A rather than play only sparingly behind Mauer with the big club.
Ramos was called up to play against Cleveland on Sunday and became the first catcher in modern baseball history (since 1900) to collect four hits in his major league debut, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
He had an RBI-double in Minnesota's three-run fifth inning that put the game out of reach at 10-3 and now has seven hits in his first nine at-bats.
The Tigers have to be envious of Minnesota's offensive depth at catcher. Detroit's catchers hit a combined .141 in the first month of the season and Gerald Laird went 0 for 4 on Monday night.
The Twins jumped all over Scherzer in the first inning with Jim Thome's RBI single and Cuddyer's 411-foot blast into the second deck in left field that made it 4-0. Denard Span hit a two-run triple in the second inning and scored on a groundout by Orlando Hudson to make the score 7-0.
In Baker's last start against Detroit, Minnesota jumped out to a 6-1 lead. But Baker gave up four runs in the fourth inning and the Twins lost the game 11-6. He pitched much more aggressively with the big lead on Monday night, going right after the Detroit lineup knowing he could afford to give up a hit or two with such a big cushion to fall back on.
Brennan Boesch hit an RBI-double in the fourth and the Tigers tacked on two more in the fifth to cut Minnesota's lead to 7-3.
The Twins won the first game of their series against the Tigers in Motown last week as well before dropping the final two in the only series Minnesota has lost all season.
NOTES: Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera each had two hits for the Tigers. ... Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said LHP Jose Mijares (elbow) had a good bullpen session on Monday and will throw another later in the week before the Twins get him ready for a rehab assignment. ... Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Laird would catch the first two games of the series and Alex Avila the third.