Twins win streak at six games

DETROIT (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins want to clinch their division
as soon as they can.

Lew Ford homered and drove in two runs to back a strong outing
by Brad Radke, leading Minnesota to a 5-3 victory over the Detroit
Tigers on Monday night and a sweep of the four-game series.

The Twins are 10½ games ahead of the Chicago White Sox in the AL

"It's still big for us," Ford said. "Obviously, it's not over
yet. We want to clinch as soon as possible. We don't want it to
drag on."

Augie Ojeda also homered for the Twins, who have won six
straight and 11 of 13.

Radke (11-7) allowed a run and seven hits in seven innings to
improve to 17-6 lifetime against the Tigers. He struck out two and
didn't walk a batter.

"I felt a little off. The results were there," Radke said.
"But I didn't have command of my fastball. Had command of my
changeup, that's it."

Juan Rincon threw a scoreless eighth, but Joe Roa gave up two
runs in the ninth before Joe Nathan got the final out for his 43rd
save in 46 chances.

Jason Johnson (8-14) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and 10
hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out two.

"He pitched a good ballgame today, certainly well enough to
win," Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. "He gave us seven

Ojeda hit a 1-0 pitch from Al Levine with one out in the ninth
for his second homer to make it 5-1.

But the Tigers closed within two runs against Roa in the bottom
of the inning. Carlos Pena drew a one-out walk, and one out later,
Eric Munson also walked. Jason Smith followed with a double to
center, scoring Pena and Munson to make it 5-3.

Nathan came in and got Curtis Granderson, in his first big
league game, to ground out to end it.

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a RBI single by
Ford. Torii Hunter reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second
on Justin Morneau's single and scored on Ford's run-scoring single
to right.

In the third, Ford homered into the left-field stands with one
out to make it 2-0. Cristian Guzman followed with a triple to
right-center and Michael Cuddyer walked. Terry Tiffee then hit a
chopper to third that Munson fielded cleanly, but threw wildly to
first. Two runs scored and Tiffee wound up on third. Tiffee was
credited with a single and an RBI, and Munson was charged with an
error allowing Cuddyer to score and Tiffee to go to third.

Tiffee was cut down at the plate on the following play when Pat
Borders hit a chopper to shortstop Omar Infante, who was playing
in. The throw to catcher Ivan Rodriguez beat Tiffee, who then
barreled into Rodriguez -- but the catcher held on to the ball.

Tiffee left the game with a separated right shoulder, and was
replaced in the lineup by Ojeda, who took over at second base.
Cuddyer moved to third to take Tiffee's place defensively.

Tiffee will be out three-to-six weeks.

"I'm sorry for him," Rodriguez said. "It was a very open play
for me. He was out by far."

Dmitri Young's two-out run-scoring single in the sixth made it

Game notes
Radke has also only allowed two earned runs in 22 innings
in September. ... It was Radke's 315th career start. He's third in
Twins history in that category behind Jim Kaat (422) and Bert
Blyleven (345).