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Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe hits an RBI double in the second inning on Friday against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. USA Today Sports

Twins score season-high 20 runs in victory over Tigers

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MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins scored a season-high in runs and pounded out 20 hits in a

20-6 white-washing of the Detroit Tigers Friday night at Target Field.

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The loss for Detroit, combined with Kansas City’s

6-3 win at Texas, moved the Tigers to a season-high 2 ½ games behind the Royals for first place in the American League Central Division standings.

But right now, the Tigers have more immediate concerns.

Detroit cycled through eight pitchers – including infielder Andrew Romine in the ninth – ahead of a doubleheader between the teams today and a day game Sunday.

Detroit actually led first in the game, getting a leadoff home run from second baseman Ian Kinsler to start the game.

But Minnesota rallied for six runs and sent 11 men to the plate in a marathon second inning that gave the Twins the lead for good.

It wasn’t even their biggest inning of the night.

The Twins scored nine more in the sixth inning, sending 14 runners to the plate. Eight different players scored a run for Minnesota in the sixth, in a frame that tied their biggest one-inning outburst of the season.

But the fireworks display wasn’t over yet.

Minnesota scored twice more in the seventh and hit back-to-back homers off Romine in the eighth to reach 20 runs for the first time since May 21, 2009.

Tigers lefty Robbie Ray (1-4) took the loss, allowing the first six runs on six hits over only 35 pitches and 1 Z\c innings.

Minnesota left-hander Tommy Milone got the start but did not last long enough for the win, getting the hook in the midst of a four-run rally by Detroit in the fifth inning. Milone, making his third start as a Twin since being traded to Minnesota from Oakland on July 31, gave up five runs – three earned – on 10 hits.

Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar finished a double short of the cycle, but had a career-high five hits, knocking in two and scoring three times.

Center fielder Danny Santana and third baseman Trevor Plouffe each had three-hit nights as Santana knocked in a team-high four runs.

DET ab r h bi MIN ab r h bi

Kinsler 2b 4 1 2 1 Santana cf 6 2 3 4

Romine 2b 1 0 0 0 Dozier 2b 3 1 1 2

Hunter rf 4 1 1 0 Mauer 1b 4 1 2 3

Carrera cf 1 1 1 0 Parml 1b 1 0 0 0

Cabrera 1b 3 1 2 0 Vargas dh 5 3 2 0

Kelly 1b 1 0 1 0 Arcia rf 6 3 2 3

Martinz dh 4 1 2 1 Plouffe 3b 6 4 3 3

Avila ph 1 0 0 1 Suzuki c 6 0 0 0

Martinz lf 5 1 1 1 Escobar ss 6 3 5 2

Cstllns 3b 5 0 2 1 Schafer lf 3 3 2 1

Suarez ss 5 0 2 0

Holaday c 4 0 1 1

Davis cf 4 0 0 0

Totals 42 6 15 6 Totals 46 20 20 18

Detroit 100 040 010 — 6

Minnesota 060 009 23x — 20

E—Castellanos 1, E.Escobar 1, Kinsler 1, Plouffe 1. LOB—Minnesota 11, Detroit 11. 2B—Arcia (13), Holaday (2), J.Martinez (22), Plouffe (34), K.Vargas (5). 3B—E.Escobar (1). HR—Arcia (14), E.Escobar (4), Kinsler (12), Plouffe (10), D.Santana (6). SB—Kinsler (13), Schafer (7).

IP H R ER BB SO

Detroit

Ray 1 Z\c 6 6 6 0 3

B.Hardy 1 Z\c 2 0 0 1 1

Coke 1 X\c 0 0 0 1 1

Ji.Johnson X\c 2 4 3 2 0

Krol X\c 2 5 1 2 2

Alburquerque Z\c 0 0 0 2 0

Chamberlain 1 4 2 2 1 0

Romine 1 4 3 3 0 1

Minnesota

Milone 4 Z\c 10 5 3 0 3

Swarzak 1 1 0 0 0 0

Pressly W, 2-0 X\c 0 0 0 1 0

Burton 1 2 0 0 0 0

Thielbar 1 2 1 1 0 0

Duensing 1 0 0 0 0 0

Inherited runners-scored—Alburquerque 2-1, Coke 1-0, Krol 3-3, Pressly 1-0, Swarzak 3-1. WP—Romine (1), Pressly (1).

Umpires—Home, Tom Hallion; First, Hal Gibson III; Second, Chris Guccione; Third, Eric Cooper.

T—3:59. A—29,394 (42,035

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