4 Homers lead Tigers past Twins

The Tigers were only able to manage 7 hits on Saturday. Luckily, 4 of those 7 were Home Runs (all solo shots), which provided Nate Robertson enough support to stop the Twins. Robertson - who appeared to be on a mission after a very rough outing in Yankee Stadium earlier this week - got his team leading 8th win of the year.

Nate Robertson was determined to make up for his outing earlier this week against New York, where he just couldn't get anyone out - allowing 7 runs in 1 2/3 innings before being yanked.

Well, he certainly made up for it Saturday, allowing only 2 unearned runs in 6 2/3 innings of work. He also struck out 7 Twins before giving way to the bullpen. Al Levine, Jamie Walker and Ugueth Urbina closed the game out for him - Urbina got his 14th save.

At the plate, it was the Home Runs that led the Tigers. Omar Infante, playing Centerfield due to injuries to Alex Sanchez and Craig Monroe, led the game off with a Home Run. Twins starter Brad Radke would allow 2 more Home Runs, one to Ivan Rodriguez in the 4th inning, and the other to Dmitri Young in the 6th. Marcus Thames also added a Home Run in the 7th.

The Twins got their scoring in the 5th off a throwing error by Eric Munson - an infield single advanced Michael Restovich to third, and then Restovich overran the bag, forcing him to go home. Munson's throw went by Rodriguez at the plate, and Restovich scored, Christian Guzman was also able to advance into scoring position, and scored on a Michael Cuddyer single. The Tigers have now taken 2 of 3 from the Twins, with the series finale Sunday afternoon before the All Star break. With 41 wins, the Tigers have a chance to get within 1 game of their win total from the entire 2003 season. Jason Johnson takes on Johan Santana at 1:05pm.


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