MINNEAPOLIS -- The MVP didn't play, and the Cy Young winner lasted only five innings. So ... it could have been worse?
Hard to imagine. The Twins allowed at least two runs in five different innings, set a new record for hits allowed in a series, and limped out of Target Field in a rainstorm, absorbing a 13-4 loss to Detroit that sends them on a weeklong tour of first-place ballparks on about the worst note possible.
Minnesota racked up four runs and 11 hits, most coming against reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, but Kyle Gibson wasn't effective and the bullpen was worse. Gibson gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings, Brian Duensing allowed two runs, Samuel Deduno two and Casey Fien four, though his trouble was exacerbated by an ill-advised attempt at a sliding catch by Oswaldo Arcia.
In all, the Tigers collected 18 hits, even with two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera on the bench with a sprained ankle, giving them 60 during the four-game series, which the teams split. That's the most that Minnesota has ever allowed in a four-game series, and the most the Tigers have put together since 1956.
Now the Twins depart for Kansas City and Baltimore to play teams that are trying to hold on to leads in the AL Central and East.
Detroit scored first, putting four singles and an error by Brian Dozier together for three runs in the third inning, but the Twins came right back in the bottom of the inning to tie it up, with a two-run double by Danny Santana the big blow.
But Scherzer, though shaky, didn't allow another run, and he departed after five innings, enough to earn his AL-leading 15th victory.
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