Live Tigers blog: Tigers win big, 8-1 over Twins
Revenge, as the Klingon adage from the Star Trek franchise goes, is best served cold.
For Tigers starter Matt Boyd, who lasted only 3 2/3 innings a week ago, at home against the Twins, that was certainly true in the Tigers 8-1 win over the Twins in Minneapolis on Tuesday.
Boyd (6-4) went eight innings, allowing only a run on three hits, while striking out seven and walking one. Mark Lowe pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two for the Tigers (80-70).
The Tigers scored a run in the third inning and another in the fourth, before exploding for four in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Cabrera was responsible for the Tigers scoring in the fourth. He stretched a single into a double to lead off the inning. He then took third on a sacrifice fly and aggressively scored on a grounder to third base with one out, making it 2-0. Cabrera also hit a two-run home run in the seventh, capping the scoring for the Tigers.
Hector Santiago (12-9) started for the Twins (55-96), going 5 1/3 innings and giving up six runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking two.
The teams continue their three-game set tomorrow at 8:10. Buck Farmer (0-0, 4.07 ERA) pitches in his first start for the Tigers this season, while Jose Berrios (2-7, 8.88 ERA) goes for the Twins.
Tigers go in order in 9th
The Twins again went to the bullpen in the top of the ninth inning, turning to left-hander Tommy Milone.
Miguel Cabrera grounded out to over-shifted second baseman Brian Dozier to lead off the inning, before J.D. Martinez struck out swinging. Justin Upton then grounded out to third base to end the half inning. Going to the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers are ahead, 8-1.
Boyd hits career-high in 8th
Matt Boyd stranded another runner in the bottom of the eighth inning, hitting a career-high in the process.
Max Kepler and Eduardo Escobar flew out to left field to lead off the half inning, before John Ryan Murphy hit a single up the middle, extending the inning for the Twins. He then took second on a wild pitch from Boyd. Byron Buxton flew out to end the inning. After eight, the Tigers remain ahead, 8-1.
Boyd is now in uncharted territory. He’s working through a career-high eight innings, on 99 pitches. He’s given up a run on three hits while striking out seven and walking one.
Tigers waste extra out in 8th
The Tigers could not take advantage of an extra out in the top of the eighth inning.
JaCoby Jones and Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out swinging to lead off the inning against right-hander Pat Light, who came on to replace Michael Tonkin to start the inning. Andrew Romine struck out swinging with two outs, but the ball got away from Twins catcher John Ryan Murphy, allowing Romine to reach first base. Cameron Maybin then walked, putting two on with two out. Jose Iglesias flew out to left center field, stranding two. Going to the bottom of the eighth, the Tigers lead 8-1.
Grossman puts Twins on board in 7th
The Twins got on the board against Matt Boyd in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Jorge Polanco flew out to shortstop Jose Iglesias in shallow left field to lead off the half inning. Robbie Grossman then hit a solo home run to left field, snapping a streak of 14 straight batters retired by Boyd. Kennys Vargas then flew out to left field, before Kurt Suzuki grounded out to shortstop to end the inning. After seven, the Tigers are up 8-1.
Boyd has thrown 84 pitches through seven innings, allowing a run on two hits while walking striking out seven and walking one.
Cabrera smacks 2-run shot in 7th
The Tigers got two more runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Cameron Maybin singled to lead off the inning. Jose Iglesias then flew out to a diving Byron Buxton in center field before Miguel Cabrera smacked a two-run home run to left field. J.D. Martinez followed with a ground-rule double to the left field corner, taking third on a passed ball off the glove of Twins catcher John Ryan Murphy. Justin Upton and James McCann struck out swinging to end the inning. Going to the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers are up 8-0.
Boyd tosses 1-2-3 6th
Matt Boyd continued his stellar outing in the bottom of the sixth inning.
John Ryan Murphy flew out to shortstop Jose Iglesias in shallow left field to start the bottom of the inning. Byron Buxton then flew out to second baseman Andrew Romine, who made a running catch in shallow right field. Brian Dozier grounded out to Iglesias to end the inning. After six, the Tigers remain ahead, 6-0.
Tigers break game open in 6th
The Tigers busted the game open in the top of the sixth inning.
Jose Iglesias singled to lead off the inning. Miguel Cabrera then flew out to deep center field. With J.D. Martinez batting, Iglesias stole second base. Martinez then walked, putting two on with one out. Justin Upton then singled in Iglesias, adding to the lead for the Tigers. James McCann then crushed a three-run home run for the Tigers, to the upper deck in left center field — his 12th of the season. That chased Twins starter Hector Santiago, who gave way to right-hander Michael Tonkin. JaCoby Jones singled off of Tonkin — still with one out — extending the inning. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (right field) and Andrew Romine (left) flew out to end the inning. Going to the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers are up 6-0.
Santiago went 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking two.
Boyd on a roll
Matt Boyd kept rolling in the bottom of the fifth inning.
He struck out Kurt Suzuki — his fifth strikeout in a row, and the seventh of the game — before getting Max Kepler to ground out to second base. Eduardo Escobar flew out to Justin Upton at the warning track in left field to end the inning. After five innings, the Tigers lead 2-0.
Boyd has set down 10 batters in a row since walking Max Kepler in the bottom of the second.
Tigers strand one in 5th
The Tigers got another single in the fifth inning, but nothing more.
JaCoby Jones flew out to a leaping Max Kepler in right field to lead off the inning. Jarrod Saltalamacchia then singled before Andrew Romine popped out to shallow center field. Cameron Maybin flew out to right field to end the inning. Going to the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers still lead 2-0.
Boyd strikes out side in 4th
Matt Boyd struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth inning.
He struck out Jorge Polanco to lead off the bottom of the inning. He then struck out Robbie Grossman and Kennys Vargas to end the inning. After four, the Tigers maintain a 2-0 lead.
Through four innings, Boyd has allowed a hit and a walk, to go with six strikeouts.
Cabrera creates run in 4th
Miguel Cabrera created some offense, and a run, in the top of the fourth inning.
He led off the inning with a double — which he stretched out from a would-be single — before narrowly taking third on a sacrifice fly from J.D. Martinez. Cabrera then attempted to score when Justin Upton grounded out to third base, but appeared to be thrown out by Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas. The Tigers challenged the call, which was overturned — adding to their lead. James McCann popped out to Vargas in foul territory, but going to the bottom of the fourth, the Tigers lead 2-0.
Boyd dealing so far
Matt Boyd is pitching well through the first three innings.
John Ryan Murphy popped out to second base to start the half inning. Byron Buxton then flew out to left field, before Brian Dozier struck out swinging to end the inning. After three, the Tigers are ahead 1-0.
Boyd allowed a hit and a walk his first time through the Twins order.
Tigers get on board in 3rd
The Tigers got on the board in the top of the third inning.
JaCoby Jones, who was at the plate when J.D. Martinez was caught stealing, struck out swinging to lead off the inning. Jarrod Saltalamacchia then struck out swinging before Andrew Romine reached on a two-out single. Cameron Maybin followed with an RBI triple. Jose Iglesias popped out to end the half inning. Going to the bottom of the third, the Tigers lead 1-0.
Boyd working well through two
Matt Boyd, and the defense behind him, got out of the bottom of the second inning without allowing a hit.
Kurt Suzuki flew out to left field, before Boyd walked Max Kepler, putting a runner on with one out. Kepler was then caught stealing before Eduardo Escobar flew out to right field to end the inning. After two, there is no score.
Tigers offense quiet in 2nd
The offensive woes continued for the Tigers in the top of the second inning.
J.D. Martinez earned an eight-pitch walk to lead off the inning. Justin Upton then struck out looking before James McCann went down swinging. With JaCoby Jones at the plate, Martinez was thrown out attempting to steal second base, ending the inning. Going to the bottom of the second, the Tigers and Twins remain scoreless.
Boyd strikes out pair of Twins in 1st
Matt Boyd struck out a pair of Twins in the bottom of the first inning.
Brian Dozier led off with a single — extending his hitting streak to 23 games. He then stole second base when Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s throw was well off-line. Boyd then struck out Jorge Polanco on a foul-tip third strike, before striking out Robbie Grossman looking. Kennys Vargas grounded out to shortstop to end the inning, stranding Dozier. After one, the game remains scoreless.
Santiago sets Tigers down 1-2-3 in 1st
The Tigers went down in order in the top of the first inning.
Cameron Maybin popped out to shallow right field to lead off the game. Jose Iglesias then struck out looking, before Miguel Cabrera flew out to right field to end the half inning. Going to the bottom of the first, the game is scoreless.
How to watch: Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins
The Tigers will open a three-game series against the Twins in Minnesota tonight.
Lefty Matt Boyd (5-4, 4.43 ERA) gets the start for Detroit and is 2-1 against the Twins this year. He won the first two games, striking out 16 in 15⅔ innings but gave up seven runs in 3⅔ innings last week.
The Twins will go with left-hander Hector Santiago (12-8, 4.65 ERA). He has a 1.80 ERA in his last four starts and allowed just one run in 5⅔ innings at Comerica Park last week.
Here's The Detroit News coverage heading into tonight's game.
1. Cameron Maybin, CF
2. Jose Iglesias, SS
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. J.D. Martinez, RF
5. Justin Upton, LF
6. James McCann, DH
7. JaCoby Jones, 3B
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
9. Andrew Romine, 2B
Matt Boyd, P
1. Brian Dozier, 2B
2. Jorge Polanco, SS
3. Robbie Grossman, LF
4. Kennys Vargas, 1B
5. Kurt Suzuki, DH
6. Max Kepler, RF
7. Eduardo Escobar, 3B
8. JohnRyan Murphy, C
9. Byron Buxton, CF
Hector Santiago, P
TIGERS VS. TWINS
When: Tonight, 8:10 p.m.
Where: Target Field, Minnesota
Pitching matchup: LHP Matt Boyd (5-4, 4.43 ERA) vs. LHP Hector Santiago (12-8, 4.65 ERA)
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)