MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Strange things always seem to happen on the Metrodome turf.
On Friday night, Detroit center fielder Alex Sanchez made a bizarre attempt to stop Michael Restovich's two-run triple and the Minnesota Twins stopped the Tigers for the 16th straight time, 10-4.Leading 5-1, the Twins broke open the game with three runs in the third, highlighted by Sanchez's unusual play.Torii Hunter and A.J. Pierzynski hit back-to-back singles to start the inning, and Restovich hit a low liner to left-center.Sanchez -- a left-hander -- appeared to take his glove off his right hand while chasing the bouncing ball and tried to make a play while holding the glove in his left hand."I didn't see it, but Ron (manager Gardenhire) told me he switched his glove," Twins outfielder Shannon Stewart said. "This AstroTurf is so fast, sometimes you don't know what to do."Sanchez appeared to get to the ball in time and might have made the play had the mitt been on his correct hand. Instead, the ball skipped past him as he kicked the glove out of his own hand.Sanchez had his own explanation."I lost my glove with this hand (pointing to his right hand), and I got it with that one (pointing to his left), and I tried to stop the ball," he said."I didn't try to throw the glove to the ball," he said.Said Tigers manager Alan Trammell: "It looks bad, but that's an AstroTurf play."The Twins have not lost to Detroit since May 5, 2002, and have outscored the Tigers 99-32 in that span. Minnesota won its third in a row overall and sent Detroit to its fifth straight loss.Kyle Lohse (7-9) won for the first time in more than seven weeks. James Baldwin allowed one run in three innings for his first career save."It feels really good to finally get on the right side," said Lohse, who got his first victory since June 11. "It makes it easier when you score eight runs early.""We just tried to get an early lead and take the air out of them," Restovich said.Stewart had three hits and two RBI for the Twins. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Restovich and Denny Hocking drove in two runs apiece.Ben Petrick hit his first home run of the season for the Tigers, who have lost 12 of the last 14 games.Lohse allowed six hits and three runs in six innings. He struck out two and did not walk a batter.Jeremy Bonderman (4-15) allowed 10 hits and eight runs in just 2 1/3 innings.Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the first on Kevin Witt's two-out RBI single.But Stewart quickly tied the score with a leadoff homer in the bottom half, keying a five-run inning. Luis Rivas and Doug Mientkiewicz followed with consecutive singles, and Jacque Jones hit an RBI single.Hunter had a sacrifice fly; Hocking drove in a run with a single; and Minnesota added an unearned run when Petrick made an errant throw from left field to third."That first inning looked like a Little League inning," Trammell said. "I don't like sloppy baseball. I can accept a lot of things, but sloppy baseball's not one of them."Eric Munson led off the fourth with a single and Petrick followed with a two-run shot off Lohse to bring Detroit within 8-3.Ramon Santiago's solo shot off Baldwin in the seventh made it 8-4.Stewart had his fifth straight multihit game. He has hit safely in 12 of 14 games since being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays for Bobby Kielty.
Bonderman's 15 losses tie teammate Mike Maroth for the major league lead. ... Dmitri Young, who has a career-high 22 homers, was kept out of the starting lineup for the second straight game because of nagging leg injuries. He is expected to be the DH for Detroit on Saturday. ... Minnesota's club record for consecutive wins against an opponent is 17, set against Boston from June 2, 1965, to May 7, 1966. ... The Twins scored at least 10 runs in back-to-back games for the first time since May 16-17, 2002. ... Stewart is batting .443 (27-61) since coming to the Twins.