Smith smashes two homers for Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jason Smith helped deliver a win the Detroit
Tigers needed.

He hit two of Detroit's three homers in a 5-3 win over the Twins
on Friday night, but Dmitri Young was a late scratch with a sore
ankle, Ivan Rodriguez tweaked a hip flexor, and Carlos Pena was hit
on the left hand by a pitch.

"We are limping in (to the All-Star break)," manager Alan
Trammell said. "To win a game like tonight was very important."

Pena and Rodriguez both stayed in the game, but that wasn't
enough to calm Trammell.

"I'm concerned about some of our players," Trammell said.
"It's been an incredible week. I think everybody's looking forward
to (the break)."

Carlos Guillen hit a three-run homer in the first inning and
Gary Knotts (5-3) held the Twins to two runs over 6 2/3 innings for
his first win in five starts. Knotts, 0-2 with an 8.35 ERA in his
previous three starts, gave up seven hits and three walks.

"It was a combination of the old 'At-'em' ball, some great
defensive plays, and being effectively wild tonight," said Knotts,
who needed 121 pitches.

Ugueth Urbina walked Cristian Guzman with one out in the ninth
before retiring Lew Ford and Joe Mauer for his 13th save in 15

Rodriguez started Detroit's first inning with a two-out single
off Carlos Silva (8-7), who lost his third straight start. Rondell
White followed with a single to set up Guillen's career-high 13th
homer of the season.

"That's been (Silva's) problem ... he gets two outs and he
can't finish the inning off," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
"That's where they've been scoring all their runs."

Smith, who has hit all three of his homers this season against
the Twins, led off the second inning with a solo homer. He added a
solo shot with one out in the fourth to make it 5-0. It was the
first multihomer game of Smith's career.

"I wouldn't say I'm a home-run hitter," said Smith. "If I hit
a home run, it's usually a mistake."

Minnesota's pitchers allowed just one earned run in the previous
four games.

Silva has given up 15 homers in his last 11 starts, in which
he's 3-7. He lasted 5 2/3 innings Friday, giving up five earned
runs on nine hits and striking out three.

The Twins scratched out a pair of runs off Knotts in the fifth.
They loaded the bases on two infield hits and a walk, and Matthew
LeCroy scored on a wild pitch. Mauer's sacrifice fly made it 5-2.

Knotts left with runners at the corners and two out in the
seventh, but Jamie Walker got Mauer to fly out to end the threat.

The Twins added a run on a fielder's choice groundout by LeCroy
in eighth.

Game notes
Tigers OF Alex Sanchez remained with his wife in Miami on
Friday as the couple awaits the birth of twins. Sanchez will rejoin
the team shortly after the births. ... Detroit's Brandon Inge took
batting practice before Friday's game. Inge, on the 15-day disabled
list since June 26, is eligible to be activated Sunday. ... The
Twins gave away a bobblehead likeness of third-base coach Al
Newman. ... Minnesota's Jacque Jones was ejected in the eighth for
arguing a called third strike.