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09/11/2002 3:31 pm ET
Twins topple Tigers
Guzman, Hunter turn it up on offense
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- The gap in the standings between the Twins and Tigers is now
at 33 games. In an 8-2 victory over Detroit Wednesday afternoon, Minnesota
demonstrated that the distance between the two teams appears to be far
The win gave the Twins a three-game series sweep of the Tigers and lowered
the magic number to clinch the AL Central to four. The second-place White
Sox meet the Kansas City Royals Wednesday night.
The Twins scored all of their runs over the first two innings, including a
six-run rally in the second where all the scoring happened with two outs.
Cristian Guzman's two-run home run and Torii Hunter's three-run double
provided most of the early damage.
"That's a good sign," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We stayed on the
ball with a couple of two-strike, two-out base hits. Some two-out base hits are big."
The run support was sufficient for starter Brad Radke (8-4) to earn the win.
Radke used just 79 pitches against aggressive hitters over seven innings and gave
up one run on three hits while striking out three without issuing a walk.
"It's nice for a pitcher when they come out swinging and they hit the first
pitch or the second pitch right at somebody," Radke said. "It makes a starting
pitcher smile a lot. I'm not going out there trying to strike people out. I'm
just trying to make my pitch and hopefully, they'll just roll it over or pop out."
Former Twin Mark Redman (8-15), who was traded to Detroit last season, did
not fare well in his fourth start this year against his old team. He lasted
just 1 2/3 innings and was on the hook for eight runs on six hits.
Redman began his day by issuing a leadoff walk to Jacque Jones in the first
inning. Jones scored on Guzman's two-run homer to left field that staked the
Twins to a 2-0 lead.
A pair of one-out infield singles in the second inning by Tom Prince and
Denny Hocking put Minnesota on the brink of breaking the game open. Jones
struck out before Guzman drove in his third RBI with a single to left field
that scored Prince. Corey Koskie walked to load the bases and Matthew LeCroy
drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Hocking.
"LeCroy had a great at-bat with the bases loaded," Gardenhire said. "(Redman) threw
some nasty changeups there and tried to throw a sinker down. He had a great walk,
if there is such a thing as a great walk. We showed a little more patience
against some of those things."
Hunter cleared the bases with a double to right-center field that provided
the Twins with 7-0 lead. That marked the end of the day for Redman but not
quite the end of the line. Doug Mientkiewicz's RBI single off reliever Steve
Sparks scored Hunter for an eight-run cushion and officially completed the
record for the Tigers' starter.
Armed with the big lead, Radke cruised along and retired the first nine
batters he faced and 12 of the first 13. He had some uneven outings after spending
2 1/2 months on the disabled list with a pulled groin. It appears the right-hander
is about ready to take on the postseason.
"It's just being comfortable out there," said Radke, who broke up Oakland's 20-game winning streak with a 6-0 shutout last Friday. "My arm is feeling good and everything else is feeling good. As long as I just keep the ball down and get my command going, I'll be all right."
Radke's 14-inning scoreless streak came to an end when the Tigers' leadoff batter in the fifth, Carlos Pena, stroked a solo home run to right field that made it an 8-1 game.
Bob Wells worked a scoreless eighth inning in relief of Radke. Mike Jackson
took over in the ninth but surrendered a first-pitch home run to right field
by George Lombard that closed the deficit to six runs. Jackson retired the
final two batters to end the game.
Mark Sheldon covers the Twins for MLB.com and can be reached at
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Minnesota Twins 8, Detroit Tigers 2|
|a-Grounded out for Simon in the 7th.|
|2B: Jackson (19, Radke).|
HR: Pena (17, 5th inning off Radke, 0 on, 0 out), Lombard (5, 9th inning off Jackson, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Pena (44), Lombard (13).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Simon, Inge.
Team LOB: 2.
|DP: 2 (Infante-Jackson-Pena, Jackson-Pena).|
|2B: Hunter (34, Redman).|
3B: Koskie (3, Redman).
HR: Guzman (9, 1st inning off Redman, 1 on, 0 out).
RBI: Guzman 3 (56), LeCroy (20), Hunter 3 (91), Mientkiewicz (63).
2-out RBI: Guzman, LeCroy, Hunter 3, Mientkiewicz.
GIDP: Mientkiewicz, Hunter.
Team LOB: 4.
|Redman (L, 8-15)
|Radke (W, 8-4)
||HBP: Hunter (by Redman).|
Pitches-strikes: Redman 63-31, Sparks 56-37, German 13-10, Acevedo 14-10, Radke 80-53, Wells 8-7, Jackson 14-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Redman 2-1, Sparks 7-4, German 0-1, Acevedo 1-0, Radke 10-8, Wells 2-1, Jackson 1-2.
Batters faced: Redman 14, Sparks 15, German 3, Acevedo 4, Radke 24, Wells 3, Jackson 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Sparks 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Mike Winters. 1B: Gerry Davis. 2B: Dan Iassogna. 3B: Greg Gibson.
Weather: 70 degrees, dome.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
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