|Twins catcher Mike Redmond loses the ball as the Tigers' Brandon Inge comes in to score in the fourth. (TOM OLMSCHEID/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Tigers continue hot streak
Angels' Colon on a roll of his own vs. Rangers
The surging Detroit Tigers sent the reeling Twins to their fourth straight defeat, and Minnesota lost AL MVP Justin Morneau to a broken nose in the process.
Magglio Ordonez and Craig Monroe each drove in two runs to back Chad Durbin, and the visiting Tigers beat the Twins, 8-2, yesterday.
Since winning two straight in Detroit April 27-28, the Twins are 3-9. Since that last loss to Minnesota two weeks ago, the Tigers are 11-1. Detroit starts a four-game series in Boston tomorrow.
Durbin (3-1) allowed two runs, seven hits, and three walks in six innings. Monroe's two-run homer in the fifth highlighted another big day for Detroit's lineup.
Morneau left the game in the eighth inning after a relay throw bounced and broke his nose. Morneau had his nose put back in place, team spokesman Mike Herman said. Morneau's status was announced as day to day, but he said he believed he would be able to play today.
The first four Detroit batters reached base against Twins starter Sidney Ponson (2-5), and singles by Gary Sheffield and Ordonez scored runs. In the third inning, Ordonez singled to drive in Sheffield, who was on second after a low throw by shortstop Jason Bartlett skipped past Morneau for a two-base error.
Monroe started the rally in the fourth with a one-out single. After an RBI double by Mike Rabelo, two more runners crossed home on fielder's choice grounders. Brandon Inge scored on the first one, hit by Curtis Granderson to drawn-in second baseman Luis Castillo, when catcher Mike Redmond dropped the throw.
Angels 6, Rangers 3 -- In Arlington, Texas, Bartolo Colon matched a major league record by winning his 12th straight start against the Rangers, pitching six innings in a victory that improved the Angels to 5-0 this season against their AL West rivals.
Given a 2-0 lead before his first pitch, Colon (4-0) allowed three runs and five hits, struck out six, and walked two. The only other pitcher to win 12 straight starts against an opponent was Pedro Martínez, who won a dozen in a row against Seattle from 1998-2004.
Yankees 7, Mariners 2 -- Matt DeSalvo (1-0) picked up his first major league win with 6 2/3 strong innings, while Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui, and Jorge Posada each had three hits for New York in Seattle.
Blue Jays 5, Devil Rays 4 -- Vernon Wells scored the go-ahead run from first base on Lyle Overbay's two-out single in the seventh, and host Toronto beat Tampa Bay for its second straight win following a nine-game losing streak.
Indians 6, Athletics 3 -- Cleveland's Fausto Carmona (4-1) won his fourth straight start, and Josh Barfield hit a pair of run-scoring triples as the visiting Indians stopped a three-game losing streak.
White Sox 5, Royals 4 -- Juan Uribe hit a tying double with two outs in the ninth and Jermaine Dye singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to lift Chicago.
Brewers 12, Mets 3 -- J.J. Hardy hit his second career grand slam and Tony Gwynn Jr. scored three times to back a solid pitching performance by Ben Sheets (3-2) and lead visiting Milwaukee.
Nationals 7, Marlins 3 -- After waiting out two rain delays that totaled almost four hours, Ryan Zimmerman won it for Washington with a walkoff grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth off Florida's Jorge Julio.
Braves 9, Pirates 2 -- Chuck James (4-3) held Pittsburgh hitless until the seventh and Scott Thorman homered twice as visiting Atlanta won its fifth straight.
Rockies 6, Giants 2 -- At Denver, Jeff Francis (2-4) allowed just four hits over eight innings and Matt Holliday homered twice, including a three-run shot off Barry Zito (3-4) during Colorado's four-run first.
Astros 10, Diamondbacks 4 -- Luke Scott hit a three-run homer and Hunter Pence finished with three RBIs for host Houston in support of Roy Oswalt (6-2).
Cardinals 5, Padres 0 -- Braden Looper (5-2) held host San Diego to three hits over seven innings, and So Taguchi drilled a three-run double for St. Louis.
Dodgers 7, Reds 3 -- Brad Penny (5-0) retired 17 consecutive batters during his 6 1/3-inning start and kept his major league-leading ERA at 1.39 in Los Angeles's home victory over Cincinnati.
Phillies 11, Cubs 7 -- Greg Dobbs was 4 for 4, including a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh, to lead host Philadelphia.