MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Brad Radke gave up three home runs. It was
one pitch he was fretting over afterward, though.
"It was probably the dumbest pitch I threw all year," Radke
said of the changeup to Young. "I don't want to second-guess
myself, but that wasn't good pitch selection."
"This is not the team of the last few years," Tigers manager
Alan Trammell said. "We can do some things, score some runs and
play some exciting baseball."
Nate Robertson (8-4) pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits
and two runs -- both unearned. He struck out seven. Robertson has
won six of his past seven decisions.
His one loss in that span came Monday at Yankee Stadium, when he
gave up seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings.
"I didn't want to go into the long break with another sour
outing," Robertson said. "So it was big for me to be aggressive,
especially in the fifth when things got tough."
Ugueth Urbina worked the ninth for his 14th save in 16
Radke (5-5) struck out a season-high eight in six innings. He
gave up five hits, all for extra bases.
Radke, who shut out Kansas City in his last start, lost this bid
after only six pitches when the game's first hitter Infante homered
Thames provided Detroit a two-run cushion with a seventh-inning
homer off Twins reliever Aaron Fultz. Rodriguez led off the fourth
with his 12th homer of the season.
The Twins, who have struggled to score runs for Radke, tied it
in the fifth with the help of a mistake by the Tigers.
With Michael Restovich on second and two outs, Cristian Guzman
hit a sharp grounder up the middle. Shortstop Carlos Guillen made a
good play to knock it down, and threw to third baseman Eric Munson
to trap Restovich, who had rounded third too far.
Restovich had no choice but to head for home and scored when
Munson threw the ball away for an error. Guzman went to second on
the error and scored on Michael Cuddyer's single.
"(Third-base coach Al Newman) tried to stop me," Restovich
said. "But I'm not one of those guys who can stop on a dime."
Robertson didn't give up much else. The Twins only put two men
on base against him one other time, with two outs in the sixth, and
he got Henry Blanco on a routine fly to left to end the inning.
"They probably shouldn't have gotten any runs," Trammell said.
"He was on a mission."
Young was back in the lineup after missing one game with a
sore ankle. ... Munson atoned for his error with a nice barehanded
play on an infield chopper by Guzman, nipping the speedy Guzman at
first with a strong throw. ... Detroit tied its season high with
three errors and struck out 12 times. Every Tigers batter struck
out at least once. ... It was Infante's first career leadoff homer.
... The Twins leading hitter, Joe Mauer, and their leading RBI man,
Jacque Jones -- both lefties -- were out of the starting lineup
against the lefty Robertson. Mauer pinch hit in the eighth and drew
a walk. And Jones pinch hit in the ninth.