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Tigers 6, Twins 2
Nate Robertson, back in the rotation in Jarrod Washburn's spot, delivered a win. (AP)
Needing a win in the series finale to avoid the sweep and keep the Twins from getting within one game in the AL Central, the Tigers received five gritty innings from Nate Robertson and a three-run rally of their own in the fifth. Placido Polanco delievered the go-ahead two-run single. Zach Miner was solid in relief.
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Series at a glance:
DET
Detroit (79-70)
Won 1
Detroit 6, Minnesota 2   MIN
Minnesota (76-73)
Lost 1
September 20, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Detroit
0 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 0   6 13 0
Minnesota
1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   2 7 1
Standings thru 9/20/09  |  Recap: DET | MIN  |  Gameday  |  Tigers stats  |  Twins stats
Detroit AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Granderson, CF 4 0 0 0 1 1 4 .248
Polanco, 2B 4 1 2 3 0 1 1 .283
Thames, M, DH 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .254
  b-Huff, PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .245
Cabrera, M, 1B 5 0 1 0 0 1 3 .332
Ordonez, RF 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 .290
  Thomas, C, RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .244
Guillen, LF 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 .238
  a-Raburn, PH-LF 3 1 1 1 0 1 3 .276
Inge, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 .234
Laird, C 4 1 2 0 1 0 2 .227
Santiago, R, SS 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 .263
Totals 38 6 13 6 3 9 19  

a-Struck out for Guillen in the 5th. b-Struck out for Thames, M in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Cabrera, M (32, Liriano, F).
3B: Guillen (3, Baker, S).
HR: Raburn (13, 8th inning off Liriano, F, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Cabrera, M 2; Guillen 3; Polanco 2; Santiago, R 2; Laird 2; Raburn 4; Thomas, C; Thames, M; Ordonez 2.
RBI: Guillen (34), Polanco 3 (68), Ordonez (41), Raburn (40).
2-out RBI: Guillen; Ordonez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera, M; Inge; Raburn; Granderson; Ordonez; Huff; Laird.
SAC: Santiago, R.
SF: Polanco.
Team RISP: 2-for-12.
Team LOB: 11.

FIELDING
DP: (Santiago, R-Polanco-Cabrera, M).

 
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, CF 4 0 0 0 0 4 3 .306
Cabrera, O, SS 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .269
Mauer, C 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .374
Kubel, RF 3 0 0 1 1 1 3 .301
Cuddyer, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .272
Young, D, LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .268
Harris, B, DH 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .261
  a-Morales, J, PH-DH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .367
Tolbert, 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 .215
Punto, 2B 3 0 1 1 1 0 2 .227
Totals 32 2 7 2 4 7 15  

a-Walked for Harris, B in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Young, D (14, Robertson, N).
TB: Tolbert 2; Young, D 2; Punto; Cabrera, O; Mauer 2.
RBI: Kubel (87), Punto (33).
2-out RBI: Punto.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cuddyer; Span; Cabrera, O.
GIDP: Kubel.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Tolbert (6, 2nd base off Robertson, N/Laird), Punto (12, 2nd base off Miner/Laird).
CS: Punto (3, 2nd base by Robertson, N/Laird).

FIELDING
E: Young, D (4, fielding).

 
Detroit IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Robertson, N (W, 2-2) 5.0 5 2 2 3 6 0 5.13
Miner (H, 7) 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.41
Seay 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.54
Rodney 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.82
 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Baker, S (L, 13-9) 4.2 8 4 4 1 5 0 4.43
Mahay 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.53
Crain 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 5.04
Liriano, F 1.1 2 2 2 1 1 1 5.79
Rauch 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3.92
Keppel 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.96

Liriano, F pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

IBB: Granderson (by Rauch).
HBP: Inge (by Keppel).
Pitches-strikes: Robertson, N 98-62, Miner 36-21, Seay 8-5, Rodney 16-10, Baker, S 86-57, Mahay 5-3, Crain 9-7, Liriano, F 27-16, Rauch 20-10, Keppel 16-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Robertson, N 4-2, Miner 1-3, Seay 2-0, Rodney 3-0, Baker, S 4-4, Mahay 0-0, Crain 0-1, Liriano, F 2-1, Rauch 1-1, Keppel 2-1.
Batters faced: Robertson, N 22, Miner 7, Seay 3, Rodney 4, Baker, S 23, Mahay 1, Crain 3, Liriano, F 7, Rauch 5, Keppel 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Mahay 2-0, Liriano, F 1-0, Rauch 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Chris Guccione. 1B: Mike Winters. 2B: Jerry Layne. 3B: Tony Randazzo.
Weather: 69 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:12.
Att: 36,335.
Venue: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
September 20, 2009
September 20, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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