Bonderman allowed five hits in his first complete game of the
season, and the Detroit Tigers beat Minnesota 7-2 Tuesday night for
their sixth win in seven games.
Bonderman (9-4) threw first-pitch strikes to 25 of 31 hitters in
his 107-pitch gem, walking two and fanning a season-high nine for
his third career complete game.
"I went out and attacked the zone, and I tried to make them hit
my pitches early in the game," said Bonderman, who came in 0-4
with a 9.93 ERA against the Twins. "No matter what, you've got to
attack the zone and put them on the defensive."
The win put the Tigers a game over .500 for the first time since
late April. But they followed that high-water mark by losing six of
their next seven games, a fate they hope to avoid repeating with
the strong pitching, timely hitting and solid defense they
"Sometimes when we play like this, we look pretty good,"
Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "We just haven't been able to
Placido Polanco, who's batting .405 in 10 games since he was
acquired in a trade with Philadelphia, had three hits for the
Tigers, whose recent surge coincided with Polanco's arrival.
"He can just hit the ball," Bonderman said. "He's a great
player. He fouls pitches off and makes guys work, and he plays
great defense behind us."
Kyle Lohse (5-6) gave up six runs and seven hits in 4 2/3
innings and lost his third straight start.
"They're a free-swinging club and I was getting deep counts,"
Lohse said. "Those two things don't really match up."
But he needed 26 pitches to get through the inning, including 13
to Polanco, who fouled off seven straight pitches before hitting a
single to left. That extra work caught up to Lohse in the middle
innings, as the Tigers scored three runs in both the fourth and
The Twins scored in the fourth when Shannon Stewart bounced a
bad-hop double past Inge at third base, and Lew Ford singled up the
middle. Jacque Jones' RBI single cut the Tigers' lead to 6-2 in the
But Bonderman was in charge after that, retiring 10 of his final
"We've been facing Bonderman for two years now and have been
saying that once he puts it together, he's going to be dominant,"
Minnesota's Torii Hunter said. "He did it tonight against us."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was equally impressed with
Detroit's third-year pitcher. Minnesota was facing Bonderman for
the first time this season.
"We've read reports that he's been throwing the ball a lot
better," Gardenhire said. "He's a young man, still learning the
game, but you know you're looking at a young pitcher with a lot of
great stuff and tonight he showed it."
The Twins slipped a season-high nine games behind the Chicago
White Sox in the AL Central with an offense that's struggling. In
their last three games -- all losses -- they've scored five runs on a
total of 17 hits.
"We're going to string a few hits in a row one of these games,
but not tonight," Gardenhire said. "We're searching a bit right
now, trying to find out how to get away from this thing. We've got
to find it quick."
Hunter stole a home run from Inge in the third inning,
catching his drive to right-center 5 feet above the fence for the
third out. Inge stayed on the field and as Hunter jogged past, Inge
flipped his helmet to the ground, "tipping his cap" as a sign of
respect. ... Inge stole second base in the first inning, giving the
Tigers 11 straight successful steal attempts. ... Lohse has lost
three straight starts for the first time since August 2001.
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