DETROIT (AP) -- Minnesota starter Brad Radke had never lost in
Unfortunately for the Twins right-hander, most of the Tigers
didn't know that.
Radke lasted just 2 1-3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits,
and the Tigers handed him his first loss in Detroit with a 9-0
victory Friday night. The loss dropped him to 7-1 in 12 career
starts in Detroit.
"I had no idea about his record here," said Marcus Thames, who
snapped an 0-for-19 slump with a second-inning home run. "I've
only faced him one other time in my life, and that was in
Magglio Ordonez and Ivan Rodriguez have faced Radke for years,
with remarkable success. The pair combined for three hits and a
walk in four plate appearances against Radke, and are hitting a
combined .416 (52-for-125) against him.
"It's about time we got one against him, because this is a
different team than the one he had been beating," Ordonez said.
"I've faced him for a long time, and I know what he can do. I just
see the ball well against him."
Chris Shelton, who hit .138 on Detroit's nine-game road trip,
hit his 10th homer of the year in a four-run third. Shelton, who
hadn't homered since the Tigers' last home game -- April 17 -- tied
Cecil Fielder's 1996 team record for homers in the month.
"I thought I threw a good pitch, and he hit it hard," said
That was more than enough offense for Nate Robertson, who ran
his scoreless-inning streak to 14 with seven shutout innings.
Robertson (3-2) allowed five hits, walking one and striking out
"We couldn't pick up the ball early because of the shadows, but
that's just an excuse," said Torii Hunter. "He was throwing
Robertson shut out Seattle for seven innings on April 22 after
giving up 14 runs in 14 1-3 innings over his first three starts.
"I basically had one bad inning and it made the whole season
look bad," said Robertson. "I just had to keep going and keep
Jordan Tata and Fernando Rodney each pitched a scoreless inning
to finish the six-hitter.
"Obviously, we swung the bats well," said Tigers manager Jim
Leyland. "I was worried, because it was the first game back off a
West Coast trip."
Radke, who saw his ERA rise to 8.89, has allowed six runs in
each of his last three starts.
"This start has been very frustrating to me," he said. "I
want to do my best and help the team get going."
Detroit scored single runs in the first two innings before
putting the game away in the third.
With one out in the first, Polanco, Rodriguez and Ordonez hit
three straight singles to load the bases, and Guillen followed with
a sacrifice fly.
Thames made it 2-0 in the second with his third homer of the
In the third, Polanco and Rodriguez led off with singles, and
Radke loaded the bases by walking Ordonez. Guillen followed with a
double off the glove of a diving Torii Hunter in center field. All
three runners scored, but Guillen was thrown out trying for third
before Shelton's homer.
The Tigers added three runs in the seventh on an RBI double by
Thames, run-scoring single by Polanco and a bases-loaded walk to
Thames' double might have summed up the night for the Twins, as
what looked like a routine grounder to short dribbled past two
infielders before left-fielder Shannon Stewart threw wildly to the
plate, allowing Thames to end up on third.
"That was a bad night," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
"We played a lousy game all around."
Radke's outing was his shortest since a two-inning start
against the Tigers on April 21, 2004, a span of 65 starts. ...
Thames' seventh-inning double gave him four RBI on the season, the
first three all coming on solo homers. ... The game was played on a
clear evening, a marked contrast to Minnesota's late-April visit to
Comerica Park last season, when back-to-back games were snowed out.