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Beat Detroit for the 20th time in 21 games

8/10/2003

DETROIT (AP) -- Corey Koskie and Dustan Mohr each drove in a pair
of first-inning runs, helping the Minnesota Twins to another win
over the Detroit Tigers 4-3 Sunday.

The win was Minnesota's 20th in their last 21 games against
Detroit, including an 11-1 record this year. The Tigers are now
5-18 since the All-Star break and a season-worst 55 games under
.500.

Kenny Rogers (9-6) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk in
seven innings. He struck out seven. J.C. Romero pitched the eighth
and Eddie Guardado worked the ninth for his 27th save in 30 tries.

Mohr made a sliding catch of Craig Monroe's blooper in right
field for the second out in the ninth to helped preserve the win.

Nate Cornejo (5-11) lost his third straight start. He pitched
his first complete game since April 27, 2002, giving up four runs
on nine hits and three walks.

Minnesota scored four times in the first, two before the first
out.

Shannon Stewart led off with a single and Denny Hocking walked
before Doug Mientkiewicz bunt safely to load the bases.

Koskie lined a two-run double into the right-field corner, and
after Cornejo retired the next two batters and intentionally walked
A.J. Pierzynski to load the bases, Mohr grounded a two-run single
into left field.

Detroit made it 4-2 in the fifth when Matt Walbeck homered over
the shortened fence in left field -- his first major league homer
since July 29, 2000 -- and Monroe made it a one-run game with a solo
homer in the sixth.

Cornejo, meanwhile, settled down, and retired 15 straight
batters between the second and seventh innings.

The Twins put two runners on in the eighth, but Cornejo got Mohr
to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Ben Petrick robbed Chris Gomez of a homer in the ninth, leaping
to grab the ball well above the fence in left field.

^Notes:@ Tigers outfielder Bobby Higginson and bench coach Kirk
Gibson were ejected by home-plate umpire Doug Eddings in the bottom
of the first. After popping out, Higginson angrily threw his bat
and was thrown out. Gibson was ejected for arguing from the dugout.
... The Tigers held a press conference before the game to announce
they had signed first-round draft pick RHP Kyle Sleeth. ...
Minnesota batted around in the final inning of Saturday's game and
the first inning of Sunday's. ... Cornejo's only two complete games
have come against Minnesota.