FINAL: TIGERS 1, TWINS 0
A second inning solo home run from Justin Upton proved to be all the Tigers needed as they escaped with a 1-0 win over the Twins in the first of a three-game series with their division rivals.
Matt Boyd gave the Tigers six strong innings and the Tigers bullpen was perfect. In fact, Tigers pitching recorded 14 straight outs before a one-out walk in the ninth inning.
In the ninth, Francisco Rodriguez earned his 26th save of the season. After Joe Mauer grounded out to first, Rodriguez issued a one-out walk to Miguel Sano. Brian Dozier struck out swinging and Danny Santana, pinch-running for Sano, was thrown out attempting to steal second base to end the game.
Matt Boyd continues to look more comfortable at the Major League level. He took advantage of a woeful Twins lineup and turned in the best start of his young career (6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K).
Bottom 8th: Tigers 1, Twins 0
Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounded out to shortstop, Jose Iglesias did the same and Ian Kinsler flew out to center field as the Tigers went down in order on just six pitches.
Top 8th: Tigers 1, Twins 0
It was Shane Greene's turn to add his name to the list of pitcher's to breeze through an inning tonight, setting the Twins down in order and putting the Tigers three outs away from victory.
Kurt Suzuki grounded out to third, Byron Buxton struck out swinging and Eduardo Nunez struck out looking.
That's 13 in a row retired by Tigers' pitching.
Bottom 7th: Tigers 1, Twins 0
Taylor Rogers was the new pitcher for Minnesota, but the results for the Tiger bats stayed the same and it appears this is going to be a nail-biter as they enter the final innings at Comerica Park.
Nick Castellanos struck out swinging, Justin Upton grounded out back to the pitcher and Mike Aviles struck out on three pitches.
Top 7th: Tigers 1, Twins 0
Justin Wilson came on for the seventh inning and set the Twins down in order on 10 pitches.
Max Kepler grounded out to shortstop, Robbie Grossman flew out to right field and Eddie Rosario grounded out to shortstop.
Tigers pitching has retired 10 straight.
Bottom 6th: Tigers 1, Twins 0
The Tigers couldn't get more than a run in off of Twins' starter Ricky Nolasco, but perhaps they'll have better luck against the Minnesota bullpen.
Cameron Maybin drew a leadoff walk, but Miguel Cabrera's struggles at the plate continued when he grounded into a double play. Victor Martinez flew out to center field to end the inning.
Nolasco, who gave up a second inning home run to Justin Upton and got out of a bases loaded jam in the third inning, should be done for the night at 100 pitches.
Top 6th: Tigers 1, Twins 0
Matt Boyd came out tonight and put together the best start of his young career, giving the Tigers six innings of shutout baseball in a game in which they are struggling to score runs.
In the sixth, Boyd put the Twins down in order. Joe Mauer lined out back to the pitcher, Miguel Sano struck out looking and
Boyd's final line was impressive: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 101 pitches
Bottom 5th: Tigers 1, Twins 0
A surprising pitcher's duel has broken out at Comerica Park between Matt Boyd and Ricky Nolasco.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia flew out to center field, Jose Iglesias flew out to left and Ian Kinsler popped out to end the inning.
Nolasco's pitch count sits at 87 and the Tigers haven't been able to take advantage of a pitcher who came into tonight's contest with an ERA over 5.00.
Top 5th: Tigers 1, Twins 0
Matt Boyd got a quick inning when he needed it, setting the Twins down in order on just 10 pitches to put himself in a position to give the Tigers six strong innings tonight.
Kurt Suzuki flew out to left field, Byron Buxton grounded out to third and Eduardo Nunez struck out swinging.
Boyd's pitch count was at 41 after just two innings, so to have it at 85 after five is good work. We'll see him back out there for the sixth inning.
Bottom 4th: Tigers 1, Twins 0
Justin Upton notched his second hit of the night with a one-out single to right center, but Mike Aviles grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Nick Castellanos grounded out back to the pitcher to leadoff the inning.
Top 4th: Tigers 1, Twins 0
Miguel Sano notched a leadoff single through the right side of the infield, but Matt Boyd was able to get a double play ground ball off the bat of Brian Dozier to clear the bases. Good thing, too, as Max Kepler doubled to left field with two outs. Boyd hit Robbie Grossman to put two men on base, but Eddie Rosario grounded out to first to end the inning.
A weird inning for Boyd, who was saved by the double play. His pitch count is up to 75.
Bottom 3rd: Tigers 1, Twins 0
Victor Martinez came to the dish with the bases loaded but came up just shy of the warning track with a fly ball to left field that got Twins' pitcher Ricky Nolasco out of a precarious situation.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a leadoff walk and Jose Iglesias singled to center field to put the first two men on base for the Tigers. After Ian Kinsler popped out, Cameron Maybin grounded into a fielder's choice to put runners on the corners for Miguel Cabrera, who drew a walk of his own to juice the bases for Martinez.
After getting the first two men on, the Tigers really needed to take advantage with the top of the order coming up. Should the Twins pull this one out tonight, this inning will be something the Tigers could point to as a big missed opportunity.
Top 3rd: Tigers 1, Twins 0
Kurt Suzuki singled through the left side of the infield for Minnesota's first hit of the night to leadoff the third, but Matt Boyd set down the next three Twins in order to get out of the inning.
Byron Buxton flew out to right field, Eduardo Nunez became Boyd's fourth strikeout victim of the night and Joe Mauer grounded out to shortstop to end the frame.
Boyd's pitch count is up to 57. He'll need to be more efficient over the next two innings because the Tigers would love to be able to get six out of him tonight.
Bottom 2nd: Tigers 1, Twins 0
Justin Upton put a sweet stroke on a ball running in on his hands and drilled it to left field, keeping it just inside the foul pole in left field for his 200th career home run to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Victor Martinez flew out to left field and Nick Castellanos flew out to center field after a 12-pitch battle with Rick Nolasco. Mike Aviles lined out to first base to end the inning.
Top 2nd: Tigers 0, Twins 0
Robbie Grossman was able to draw a two-out walk from Matt Boyd to give Minnesota its first baserunner of the night. Boyd bounced back to strikeout Eddie Rosario to get out of the inning.
Boyd is still off to a solid start, recording three grounds outs and three strikeouts against the first seven hitters he's faced.
In the second, Brian Dozier struck out swinging and Max Kepler grounded out to second to start the frame.
Boyd has been going deep into counts and that's driving up the pitch count. He's thrown 41.
Bottom 1st: Tigers 0, Twins 0
Ricky Nolasco matched Matt Boyd's drama-free first inning with one of his own, setting the Tigers down in order in the bottom of the frame.
Ian Kinsler grounded out to shortstop, Cameron Maybin flew out to right center and Miguel Cabrera flew out to right field to end the inning.
Top 1st: Tigers 0, Twins 0
Matt Boyd is off to a solid start after setting the Twins down in order in the first inning.
Eduardo Nunez grounded out to second, Joe Mauer did the same after a lengthy battle with Boyd and Miguel Sano struck out swinging.
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Cameron Maybin, CF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Victor Martinez, DH
5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
6. Justin Upton, LF
7. Mike Aviles, RF
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
Matt Boyd, P
1. Eduardo Nunez, SS
2. Joe Mauer, 1B
3. Miguel Sano, 3B
4. Brian Dozier, 2B
5. Max Kepler, RF
6. Robbie Grossman, DH
7. Eddie Rosario, LF
8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Byron Buxton, CF
Ricky Nolasco, P
TIGERS VS. TWINS
When: Monday, 7:10 p.m.
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit
Pitching matchup: LHP Matt Boyd (0-2, 5.77) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-7, 5.22)
Local TV: Fox Sports Detroit
National TV: None
Internet streaming: MLB.TV (blacked out in Detroit market)
Local radio: 97.1-FM
Satellite radio: SIRI 214 (SIRI Internet 849)