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Twins win fourth of last 12

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota's latest win left manager Ron
Gardenhire giddy enough to play a practical joke.

After Torii Hunter's solo homer in the ninth inning gave the
Twins a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night,
Gardenhire had pitcher Carlos Silva greet reporters in the
manager's office.

Silva answered a few questions, one in Spanish, before
Gardenhire walked in. The manager later explained that Silva sat in
his seat in the dugout for all three of the Twins' runs, so he
deserved the seat after the game.

As Gardenhire finally replaced Silva behind the manager's desk,
the pitcher joked, "I was the winning manager and now you want me
to get out."

Hunter hit a 2-2 pitch from reliever Jamie Walker (0-2) over the
left-center fence for his eighth homer of the season, giving the
Twins just their fourth victory in 12 games.

Corey Koskie also connected for the Twins, and Hunter added an
RBI single after going just 3-for-15 as the Twins lost three of
four at home to Tampa Bay in their previous series.

"I had two strikes on me so I was just trying to make
contact," Hunter said, referring to his homer. "Sometimes that's
how it happens. Don't think, just hit."

Joe Nathan (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. The
Twins' closer hasn't had a save chance since May 26, but he's been
scored upon in only one of his 24 appearances -- giving up three
runs against Cleveland on April 14.

Twins relievers J.C. Romero, Juan Rincon and Nathan combined for
three scoreless innings, striking out six.

Carlos Guillen homered for Detroit, which has lost eight of 11.

The Tigers had manager Alan Trammell back in the dugout after he
missed three games with a virus. Trammell sat quietly at the end of
the bench most of the night.

"I'm fine," he said. "I felt like I hadn't missed a beat. Not
quite the energy I usually have, but I was into it. It felt good to
be back."

Detroit starter Mike Maroth gave up just five hits and two runs
in seven innings, striking out five. He's winless in his last four
starts.

"I'm waiting for a winning streak, something to get us going,"
Maroth said. "We don't really have momentum."

The Twins tied the game twice after falling behind by a run,
scoring in the fourth inning when Hunter singled in Matthew LeCroy
and again in the sixth when Koskie hit his 10th homer of the year.

It was Koskie's fourth home run in four games. The third baseman
also made the defensive play of the game, a diving catch of Rondell
White's soft liner near the foul line leading off the eighth.

"He was our MVP tonight," Hunter said.

Twins starter Kyle Lohse gave up six hits and two runs in six
innings, tying his season high with five strikeouts.

Lohse gave up only Carlos Pena's RBI single in the fourth and
Guillen's homer in the fifth.

Game notes
Twins 1B Doug Mientkiewicz had an MRI after waking up with
pain in his chronically injured left wrist. No structural damage
was found, and Mientkiewicz entered as a defensive replacement in
the ninth inning. Mientkiewicz aggravated the wrist Tuesday. ...
Detroit's Alex Sanchez struck out swinging in the first inning and
his bat went flying, forcing on-deck hitter Guillen to jump out of
the way. ... The Twins are batting just .117 (35-for-298) during
the first five games of their 13-game homestand.