MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Martinez homered and had four RBIs, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 13-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Rajai Davis also connected for the Tigers, who have won two straight to earn a split of this four-game series.
Detroit trials Kansas City by two games in the AL Central and is one back of Seattle for the second AL wild card.
Minnesota scored 32 runs in winning the first two games of the series and Detroit had 21 in taking the last two.
The Tigers’ 60 hits in the four games is their most in a four-game series since having 60 at Chicago from July 6-8, 1956. Minnesota set a franchise record for most hits allowed in a four-game series, surpassing the 59 yielded at Texas July 25-28, 2011.
Martinez homered off Brian Duensing in the sixth for a 7-3 lead. His 25th home run of the season ties his career high set in 2007 with Cleveland.
Davis hit his two-run homer in the seventh to make it 9-3. A bases-loaded triple by Torii Hunter made it 13-4 in the eighth.
Kennys Vargas had three hits for Minnesota.
Tigers starter Max Scherzer (15-4) lasted just five innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs, but the Detroit bullpen allowed just one earned run on five hits the rest of the way.
The Twins loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but Brian Dozier flew out to short left against Al Alburquerque and Phil Coke struck out Joe Mauer.
Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson (11-10) only pitched 4 2-3 innings on a hot and humid afternoon, allowing five earned runs on eight hits. He also walked four, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. This was the third time in four stars the right-hander allowed five runs.
Tigers: 1B/DH Miguel Cabrera didn’t play after aggravating a sore right ankle Saturday. “The idea of having two days off in a row should help,” said manager Brad Ausmus. The Tigers don’t play Monday. … Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez, on the 15-day DL since Aug. 9 with a right pectoral strain, has not been ruled out to pitch during next Saturday’s doubleheader in Chicago. The right-hander is scheduled to throw Monday and, if that goes well, off a mound two days later. “Just because he gets off the mound Wednesday, he may not quite feel right,” Ausmus said. … Reliever Joakim Soria was scheduled to throw again Sunday. He’s been on the 15-day DL since Aug. 10 with a left oblique strain. “In the last three days he’s trended upward quite a bit,” Ausmus said.
Twins: Starting pitcher Yohan Pino will be unable to throw for two to four weeks after an MRI showed a minor elbow strain. Pino was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader and was optioned back after the start. He will be placed on the Triple-A disabled list.
Tigers: Rick Porcello (14-8, 3.10) is to get the ball when the Tigers start a three-game home series with the New York Yankees on Tuesday. Brandon McCarthy (8-12, 4.01) is scheduled to pitch for New York.
Twins: Off Monday before beginning a three-game series in Kansas City. Ricky Nolasco (5-9, 5.96) is scheduled to pitch for Minnesota in Tuesday’s opener against Danny Duffy (8-11, 2.53)