For the second time this season, the Tigers have put up 19 runs as they demolished the Twins 19-3. The Tigers had all nineteen runs by the fifth inning so it looked like they might leap over that 20 run mark but not tonight. Magglio Ordonez belted two homers, drove in six and scored four times to lead the way while Placido Polanco had a team high four hits with an RBI and four runs. Every Tiger starter had a hit and Carlos Guillen was the only starter who didn’t score a run. Ivan Rodriguez was the only Tiger starter not to drive in a run.
Nate Robertson put together a solid start and he benefited greatly from all of the offense. He improved to 2-5 and he gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Aquilino Lopez threw 2 2/3 shutout innings to close out the game.
The rubber game is tomorrow afternoon. It’ll be Justin Verlander going up against converted starter Glen Perkins.