Bad things ultimately end. And a 10-game losing streak, no matter who endures it, is a bad time, indeed. And so the Twins did something Saturday about their 10-game slide. They won a baseball game, beating the Tigers, 3-2, at Comerica Park. A day after Anibal Sanchez lost a no-hitter in the ninth inning, Saturday's game was its polar opposite in terms of drama. The Twins got three runs in the first against Doug Fister, courtesy of Joe Mauer's home run, a walk, Justin Morneau's double, and another single from Chris Parmelee. The ballgame was pretty much finished. The Tigers scored single runs in the fifth (single by Andy Dirks, double from Torii Hunter) and in the sixth (Jhonny Peralta home run to right), but never quite dented a Twins staff that handed the Tigers nine hits. "We felt like we got the hits," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "We just couldn't bunch 'em together." Three of those nine Tigers hits came in the second on a leadoff single by Victor Martinez, Brayan Pena's single, and a double by Infante. But in between Martinez's and Pena's single, the hot-hitting Peralta bounced into a 4-6-3 double play and the Tigers were left with an empty inning. Peralta is batting .326 on the season, and has an .862 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). He has at least one hit in 33 of his last 38 games. Fister's record slid to 5-2 on a day when he shook off a bad first frame, a high early pitch-count, and lasted seven innings. He struck out seven, walked one, and allowed eight hits. "He was a little off control-wise, not just in the first inning, but a while after that," Leyland said. "But then he picked it up and got it going." Fister was left to do what the Tigers figuratively were doing after Saturday's low-pulse defeat: all but shrug his shoulders at a defeat that could just as easily have been a narrow victory.
Tigers bats go cold as Twins snap 10-game losing streak
Detroit News | May 26