MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kenny Rogers has done his share for Detroit.
On Friday night, his teammates helped him out.
Rogers allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings, the
shortest of his seven starts this year, in a 9-6 victory over the
Minnesota Twins."I was lucky, without a doubt," said Rogers (5-2), who allowed
just eight hits combined in his previous three starts.Magglio Ordonez, Craig Monroe and Brandon Inge homered for the
Tigers, who have won seven of their last eight. Detroit has beaten
Minnesota four times in eight days, outscoring the Twins 42-7."These are games that sometimes you don't win because of the
starting pitcher," said Rogers, 8-3 in 14 starts against the Twins
since 1998. "Today the offense picked me up and gave me a win that
maybe on a different day I don't get."Kyle Lohse (1-3) allowed seven runs and nine hits in four-plus
innings, his ERA rising to 9.71. Lohse, who has given up 22 earned
runs in his last 19 innings."Everything is normal, it's just that every mistake is getting
crushed," he said. "Every good pitch they were either taking or
fouling it off."Ordonez had an RBI double in the first, and Torii Hunter hit a
run-scoring double in the bottom half. Monroe, who entered with a
.370 career average against the Twins, hit a two-run homer in the
second. Shannon Stewart had an RBI single in the bottom half, but
Ordonez homered for a 5-2 lead in the third."We're not going to get quality starts day in and day out,"
Detroit's Curtis Granderson said. "At the same time we gotta know
that this is a team made of 25 guys that are going to be there to
pick up guys."Minnesota closed to 5-4 in the bottom half when Rondell White
had an RBI single and scored on Michael Cuddyer's double. Inge's
homer, and Craig Shelton's sacrifice fly off Matt Guerrier made it
7-4 in the fifth.Hunter homered in the fifth, and Juan Castro had an RBI grounder
against Jason Grilli in the in the sixth. Carlos Guillen hit into a
run-scoring fielder's choice in the ninth against Joe Nathan and
scored on a single by Dmitri Young, who was activated from the
disabled list before the game.Minnesota, which entered with an AL-worst 6.49 starting ERA, had
gotten strong performances from Johan Santana, Brad Radke and
Carlos Silva in its previous three games."We got three good starts this week and we'll evaluate as we
go," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, whose team fell to 0-10
against AL rivals Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit. "We'll go
day-by-day. Tonight just didn't work out."Detroit's Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney combined to strike out
five of six batters they faced. Todd Jones pitched the ninth for
his sixth save in six chances."We got great arms in this bullpen," said Zumaya, who had at
least two pitches reach triple digits on the radar gun. "I don't
know how to say this, but if we're taking the lead, I don't think
no one's going to get us after the seventh, eighth or ninth."Detroit relievers have a 2.42 ERA in the teams past 21 games."They've been wanting some work and they got it today," Rogers
said. "It was nice to see but I sure wish I could have pitched a
little bit better and make it easier on them."
Young went 1-for-4 with an RBI single. ... The game was the
start of a nine-game trip for the Tigers, who are 12-4 on the road.
... Minnesota had at least 10 hits for just the third time in 15
games. ... Nick Punto got his first start at third base for
Minnesota in place of Tony Batista, an .091 hitter against Rogers.