Series: Game 1 of 3

Minnesota leads 1-0 (as of 9/12)

Game 1: Monday, September 12
Game 2: Tuesday, September 13
Game 3: Wednesday, September 14

Twins 2

(74-69, 35-37 away)

Tigers 1

(65-77, 34-38 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 12, 2005

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    MIN 000100100 2 13 0
    DET 001000000 1 7 1

    W: K. Lohse (9-12)

    L: C. Spurling (3-2)

    S: J. Nathan (37)

    Lohse slams the door on Tigers in Twins win

    DETROIT (AP) -- Kyle Lohse felt a little extra pressure as he took the mound on Monday night.

    AL wild-card standings
    Team W L Pct. GB
    Indians 82 62 .569 --
    Yankees 80 62 .563 1
    A's 80 63 .559
    Twins 74 69 .517

    Lohse won in his first start since a tirade following his early removal from a game, leading the Minnesota Twins over the Detroit Tigers 2-1.

    Lohse (9-12) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings, stopping Minnesota's three-game losing streak. Last Tuesday, Lohse damaged the door to manager Ron Gardenhire's office with a bat after being pulled from a game after two innings.

    "I wanted to go out and get off to a good start, so I could forget about what happened last week," he said. "Gardenhire and I talked, but I wanted to go out and get a good start and put it behind me."

    The pair met for about a half-hour Friday and said they settled their differences.

    "We talked about it, and he had his say and I had my say," Gardenhire said. "We talked about it and, as they say, water under the bridge."

    Lohse pitched his way out of trouble in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

    "He made pitches," Gardenhire said. "You have to make pitches, and he made pitches when he had to."

    Juan Rincon pitched a one-hit eighth, and Joe Nathan finished with a perfect ninth for his 37th save in 42 chances. Minnesota, which has faded from contention in the AL wild-card race, won for only the second time in seven games.

    Joe Mauer had four of the Twins' 13 hits, including a go-ahead single in the seventh. Detroit has lost 10 of 12.

    With the score 1-1, Shannon Stewart doubled off Chris Spurling (3-2) with one out in the seventh and Nick Punto walked. Left-hander Vic Darensbourg came in to face the left-handed-hitting Mauer, who lined a pitch into left field.

    Tigers starter Roman Colon allowed one run and nine hits in five innings.

    Placido Polanco's RBI single put Detroit ahead in the third, but Michael Cuddyer tripled with two outs in the fourth and Chris Heintz doubled for his first major league RBI.

    "It was great," Heintz said. "Especially since I had a chance to get it the previous at bat but grounded into a double play."

    Polanco grounded into an inning-ending double play in the fifth, and Detroit stranded two runners in the sixth when Chris Shelton popped out and Carlos Pena struck out. Polanco flied out in the seventh following Curtis Granderson's two-out double.

    "I had some success against him. It was just one of those things," Granderson said. "He kept a lot of us off-balance."

    Game notes

    Twins LHP Johan Santana will miss his scheduled start Wednesday because of a blister on his middle finger. LHP Francisco Liriano will start in his place. ... Polanco has nine hits in his last three games.

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