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The Sports Xchange, Published April 25 2014

Seven-run third inning buries Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – A monster top of the third inning by the Detroit Tigers staked the visitors to a big lead against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night at Target Field. Eight straight Tigers reached base in a seven-run inning as Detroit hammered Minnesota 10-6.

Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos blasted a two-run homer in the second inning and followed with an RBI single in the third. The home run was his third of the season. Outfielder Torii Hunter also had two hits and drove in a pair of runs with a two-run single in the third. By the time the frame was over, Detroit had nine runs and 11 hits.

Twins starting pitcher Kevin Correia was hit hard early and often. The righty lasted only 2Zc innings, allowing eight runs – seven of them earned – on eight hits and two walks.

Tigers starter Rick Porcello allowed three hits and a run in the second inning but set down eight Twins batters in a row to get through five innings in 76 pitches but ran into trouble in the sixth. Porcello allowed a leadoff home run to Brian Dozier, a single to Joe Mauer and a walk to Trevor Plouffe before leaving the game. He went five-plus innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

The Twins rally that started off Porcello continued off right-handed reliever Justin Smith. Right fielder Chris Colabello drove an RBI single to center and left fielder Jason Kubel blasted a run-scoring double off the wall in left center – his second double of the night – to make it 10-4 before Kurt Suzuki added a sac-fly to make it a five-run game.

Plouffe drove in another run with his league-leading 10th double in the seventh to make it 10-6, but the Twins would get no closer.

Porcello earned the win, improving to 3-1 on the year. Correia dropped to 0-3.

DET ab r h bi MIN ab r h bi

Kinsler 2b 5 0 1 1 Dozier 2b 5 1 1 1

Hunter rf 5 2 3 2 Mauer 1b 5 2 2 0

Cabrera 1b 5 0 2 1 Plouffe 3b 4 1 1 1

Martinz dh 5 1 1 1 Colbllo rf 5 1 1 1

Jackson cf 5 2 1 0 Kubel lf 4 1 3 1

Cstllns 3b 5 2 2 3 Pinto dh 4 0 1 0

Avila c 2 1 1 0 Suzuki c 1 0 0 2

Holaday c 2 0 0 0 Fuld cf 4 0 2 0

Romine ss 3 1 1 1 Flormon ss 3 0 0 0

Davis lf 4 1 3 1 Hrrmann ph 1 0 0 0

Escobar ss 0 0 0 0

Totals 41 10 15 10 Totals 36 6 11 6

Detroit 027 001 000 — 10

Minnesota 010 004 100 — 6

E—Colabello 1, Kinsler 1. LOB—Minnesota 7, Detroit 6. 2B—Tr.Hunter 2 (5), A.Jackson (5), Kubel (6), Plouffe (10), Romine (1). HR—Castellanos (3), Dozier (7). SB—R.Davis (8).

IP H R ER BB SO

Detroit

Porcello W, 3-1 5 6 4 4 1 4

J.Miller Xc 2 1 1 0 0

Krol 1 0 1 0 0 1

E.Reed Xc 2 0 0 1 1

Chamberlain H, 4 Xc 0 0 0 0 0

Nathan 1 1 0 0 0 1

Minnesota

Correia L, 0-3 2 Zc 8 8 7 2 0

Swarzak 3 6 2 2 0 0

Tonkin 1 Xc 1 0 0 0 1

Thielbar 1 0 0 0 0 0

Fien 1 0 0 0 0 0

Inherited runners-scored—Chamberlain 2-0, Krol 1-0, J.Miller 2-2, E.Reed 1-1, Swarzak 3-3, Tonkin 1-0.

Umpires—Home, D.J. Reyburn; First, Dan Bellino; Second, Tom Woodring; Third, Brian O’Nora.

T—3:32. A—27,558 (42,035)