The Twins rebounded from a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees, routing a depleted Detroit team that is 4-17 in September after trading Justin Verlander and Justin Upton. And the Twins took over.
The Tigers were on their way to a win on Saturday, leading 3-1 after six innings, but the Detroit bullpen gave up nine runs over the seventh and eighth innings, including eight in the eighth. Twins manager Paul Molitor says RHP Bartolo Colon is set to open Minnesota's three-game series at Cleveland on Tuesday night. "We needed to change the roster, and we started trading players, so the conclusion is: OK, you know what?" "He's got to keep working like he's got a chance".
Eduardo Escobar scored three runs for Minnesota.
The Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers meet Sunday in Major League Baseball action at Comerica Park. In five outings this season, Boyd has a 3.14 ERA against the Twins. The Twins are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Detroit, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 9-1-2 in the last 12 meetings.
The eighth got off to an unfortunate start when Wilson was hit in the right shin by a Joe Mauer line drive. He flinched in pain when he attempted to push off on the leg and hobbled off the field. The ball carried an exit velocity of 103.8 miles per hour and forced Wilson to leave the game with a non-displaced fracuture of his right fibula.
In came lefthander Daniel Stumpf. Dozier rounded the bases with a Little League homer on the shocking three-base error as three Tigers showed little urgency in retrieving the ball. Even when the count hit 3-1. The team said he had a right knee contusion and is day-to-day. With runners on the corners, Jason Castro hit a grounder that Detroit couldn't turn a double play on, making it 7-3.
Navarro added another solo home run in the ninth inning off Twins rookie Gabriel Moya.
The game will be known for its attrition.
Navarro entered the game when Miguel Cabrera left after one inning with a lower back strain.
Ervin Santana (16-8) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings, improve to 5-1 in his last 11 starts.
"I believe in our offense", Santana said.