Minnesota Twins pummel Detroit Tigers’ pitching for 9-1 win Sunday
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — Sonny Gray allowed two hits in six innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 9-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
Gray (5-3) is 2-0 against the Tigers this season, allowing one run on six hits in 13 innings.
“I’m pretty familiar with their lineup, which helps, but I think a lot of this was building on some good things I found in my last start before the break,” he said. “I was able to throw my fastball for strikes and I was able to land my breaking ball where I needed it.”
Jose Miranda had three hits and scored twice for the Twins, who are 2-0 since the All-Star break. The bottom three hitters in Minnesota’s order — Miranda, Gio Urshela and Gary Sanchez — combined for six hits, five RBIs and four runs.
The Twins took a 3-0 lead in the first with a little help from the Tigers. With one out, Carlos Correa singled and took third on Jorge Polanco’s double. Max Kepler hit a grounder to second, but Correa beat Jonathan Schoop’s throw to the plate.
“We played the infield in, because our offense hasn’t been doing a lot lately and we
concerns about hitting Sonny Gray,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “Jonathan made the right play, and if the throw is a little more to the catcher’s left, he’s probably out.”
Tigers first baseman Harold Castro misplayed Alex Kiriloff’s grounder, allowing Polanco to score, and Rony Garcia hit Nick Gordon and Miranda to force in Minnesota’s third run.
Garcia (3-3) allowed three runs on three hits and three hit batters in 2 2/3 innings before leaving with elbow soreness. He was activated before the game after having been on the injured list with shoulder problems.
“This is a separate injury than what he was dealing with before,” Hinch said. “This is a pain radiating down his bicep that started on his last two pitches today. I think he’ll be shut down again for a bit.”
Detroit didn’t get a baserunner until Gray hit Javy Baez with one out in the fourth. Miguel Cabrera drew a two-out walk, and Eric Haase made it 3-1 with a single.