May 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm
DETROIT (AP) Joe Mauer homered and had three hits, helping the Minnesota Twins snap a 10-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
Mauer had already earned the ire of Detroit fans when he broke up Anibal Sanchez's no-hit bid in the ninth inning Friday night. He was booed when came to bat in the first inning Saturday — then booed some more after his solo homer to right field.
The Twins scored three runs in the first, and that was enough. P.J. Walters (1-0) went six innings, allowing two runs and eight hits.
Four relievers finished, with Glen Perkins pitching the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Detroit's Doug Fister (5-2) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings.
Twins center fielder Wilkin Ramirez left the game against the Detroit Tigers after a scary collision on a fly ball.
Omar Infante lifted a fly to left-center in the sixth inning Saturday, and Twins left fielder Josh Willingham was under it when Ramirez came speeding over to try to make the play. Ramirez did catch the ball, holding onto it for the third out after colliding with Willingham. Ramirez remained down on the ground well into the break between innings. He was finally able to walk off under his own power, but when he got back to the dugout, he appeared to be flexing his jaw.
Aaron Hicks took his place in center field in the seventh.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected from Saturday's game at Detroit while arguing a call at second base.
The Twins had men on first and second with nobody out in the third inning when Justin Morneau hit a grounder to first baseman Prince Fielder. He threw to second to start a 3-6-1 double play, which the Tigers turned — but Joe Mauer, who had advanced to third on the play, was sent back to second because of an apparent interference call. Josh Willingham had gone sliding into shortstop Jhonny Peralta at second.
Gardenhire came out to argue and was thrown out of the game by second base umpire Joe West. It was the 64th ejection of Gardenhire's career and second this season.
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