Break out the brooms. With Justin Verlander on the mound and Ian Kinsler's hot bat, the Detroit Tigers earned a sweep at home. The team is streaking and despite some eighth-inning shenanigans from Alex Wilson, the Tigers won 6-3 over the Minnesota Twins, their fourth straight win.
Verlander made light work of the Twins despite their peskiness. He ran into a couple of two-on jams but never appeared to be in any legitimate amount of trouble, and he even retired Eddie Rosario on a swinging third for his 2,00th career strikeout for added oomph.
Try as he might, Verlander couldn't make it out of the eighth inning when he gave up a double and walked a batter. Both came around to score, but that was more the fault of Wilson and his negligible ability to get outs with inherited runners. Nevertheless, Francisco Rodriguez closed it out in commanding fashion and the score never advanced beyond a three-run difference.
As for the offense, they've seemed to wake up at the perfect time. Kinsler smoked his 10th home run of the year and Cameron Maybin is a terror for Twins pitching on the basepaths. The Tigers did have help in scoring a couple runs thanks to the awful defense being played by Minnesota. Simply put, there was none and the Twins flailed at even the most harmless popouts -- they finished with three errors. The Tigers, meanwhile, finished with 13 hits on the day.
Ian Kinsler: Homered and had a three-hit day.
Offense: Five Tigers players finished with two-or-more hits.
Justin Verlander: Went 7 1/3 innings of three-run ball, giving up six hits and striking out 10.
Cameron Maybin: Became one of the Twins' worst nightmares this homestand.
Francisco Rodriguez: Gave the Tigers a nifty 1-2-3 ninth to close it out on 14 pitches.
Alex Wilson: He's great until he has inherited runners to deal with, which he had today.
8-9 hitters: Combined Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jose Iglesias were 0-for-8 with three strikeouts and four runners left on-base. Assist to Maybin here for stranding three.
STREAKS AND STATS:
- Cameron Maybin's stolen base in the second marked the third consecutive stolen base in as many games. He accounts for one-quarter of the team's 12 stolen bases this season.
- The Tigers did not record their first stolen base until April 14, and until Maybin's three-game stolen base streak hadn't stolen a base in three consecutive games this season. The Tigers had recorded a stolen base on April 30 then two on May 1, but that was the only time period in which the team grouped together more than a pair of stolen bases -- until Wednesday's game.
- Justin Verlander's strikeout of Eddie Rosario marked his 2,000th career strikeout, becoming the 76th pitcher in MLB history to do so. Only Mickey Lolich has more in Tigers history.
- Ian Kinsler homered in four straight games for the first time in his career.
- Kinsler is the first Tigers leadoff batter to homer in four straight games since Dick McAuliffe did it in four straight games, April 24-29, 1969.
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