Martinez goes deep twice, Tigers top Twins 6-3
By JON KRAWCZYNSKI
AP Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS — Victor Martinez hit two home runs and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Friday night.
Anibal Sanchez (2-0) gave up three runs and six hits with five strikeouts and three walks in 5 2/3 innings for the Tigers, who lost star Miguel Cabrera to a right clavicle contusion in the fourth inning. Cabrera had X-rays that were negative and is listed as day-to-day.
Justin Wilson pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances.
Ervin Santana (11-7) had his shortest outing of the season for the Twins. He gave up five runs and seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.
Martinez had his first multihomer game of the season and 11th of his career for the Tigers, who are 14-1 in their last 15 games at Target Field.
The Tigers bullpen of Daniel Stumpf, Shane Greene, Bruce Rondon and Wilson pitched 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball after Sanchez left in the sixth inning. The lone hiccup came from Stumpf just as he entered the game when his errant pickoff throw sailed past first base and allowed Eddie Rosario to advance all the way to third. But he struck out Ehire Adrianza to end the threat and the Twins went quietly after that.