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Associated Press, Published May 26 2013

Twins fall to Scherzer, Tigers

DETROIT – The Minnesota Twins couldn’t take advantage of Max Scherzer’s brief wildness.

They left the bases loaded in the second inning – and that was their best chance to break through against the Detroit right-hander.

“Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, he’s really good,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He almost never elevates the ball and his stuff is moving all over the place. With the guys over there, if you don’t get them early, you probably aren’t going to get them at all.”

Scherzer ended up pitching six solid innings to remain undefeated this season, and Avisail Garcia broke the game open with a bases-loaded triple, leading the Tigers over Minnesota 6-1 on Sunday. Scherzer, who retired his last 22 batters in a win at Cleveland on Tuesday, allowed a run and three hits Sunday in improving to 7-0. He struck out six and walked three.

Torii Hunter homered for the Tigers, and Prince Fielder drove in a run with a fourth-inning double. Garcia, pinch-hitting in the sixth, cleared the bases to make it 6-1.

Mike Pelfrey (3-5) allowed five runs and five hits in 5 Xc innings. He walked three and struck out five.

“I thought there were a lot of good things today,” Pelfrey said. “I made a terrible pitch to Torii Hunter and he made me pay for it, and I walked a few too many guys. It was a good pitch to Prince, but that’s what Prince does to everyone.”

Minnesota has lost 11 of 12.

Scherzer set down the Twins in order in the first, extending his streak of batters retired to 25 before Minnesota drew back-to-back walks to start the second. An error by shortstop Ramon Santiago loaded the bases with one out, but a flyball by Aaron Hicks wasn’t deep enough to score a run, and Scherzer got out of the inning.

He is the first Detroit pitcher to start the year 7-0 since Jeremy Bonderman was 8-0 in 2007.

“If I was 0-7 but pitching well and giving the team a chance to win, I’d still be as proud of that,” Scherzer said. “For me, it’s all about going out there and making sure that I’m pitching deep into games and keeping their offense down, and I’ve been doing that for the most part.”

Minnesota Detroit

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Carroll 2b 4 0 1 1 Dirks lf 3 0 0 0

Mauer dh 4 0 0 0 TrHntr rf 4 1 1 1

Wlngh lf 3 0 0 0 MiCarr 3b 3 2 1 0

Mornea 1b 3 0 0 0 Fielder dh 4 0 1 1

Doumit c 3 0 0 0 VMrtnz 1b 4 1 1 0

Parmel rf 4 0 1 0 Avila c 4 1 1 1

EEscor 3b 3 0 0 0 Infante 2b 2 1 0 0

Hicks cf 4 0 0 0 D.Kelly cf 1 0 0 0

Flormn ss 3 1 1 0 Grci ph-cf 1 0 1 3

RSantg ss 2 0 0 0

Totals 31 1 3 1 Totals 28 6 6 6

Minnesota 000 010 000— 1

Detroit 100 104 00x— 6

E—R.Santiago (1). DP—Minnesota 2. LOB—Minnesota 8, Detroit 3. 2B—Florimon (5), Fielder (13). 3B—A.Garcia (1). HR—Tor.Hunter (2). SB—D.Kelly (2).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Pelfrey L,3-5 5Xc 5 5 5 3 5

Fien 0 0 1 1 1 0

Thielbar Zc 1 0 0 0 0

Swarzak 2 0 0 0 1 2

Detroit

Scherzer W,7-0 6 3 1 1 3 6

Putkonen Xc 0 0 0 1 0

Smyly 2Zc 0 0 0 1 3

Fien pitched to 1 batter in the 6th.

PB—Avila.

T—3:04. A—42,394 (41,255).