"He left some balls up," Mauer said. "That lineup over there, they're going to make you pay."Detroit tacked on two more in the eighth against reliever Francisco Liriano, including a leadoff home run by Ryan Raburn. Brandon Inge later scored on a sacrifice fly by Polanco to push Detroit's lead to 6-2. "We didn't pitch well enough today," Gardenhire said. Offense was tough to come by for Minnesota against Nate Robertson, although the Twins did jump on the board first with a run in the opening frame. Orlando Cabrera scored from third on a groundout by Jason Kubel to give the Twins an early 1-0 lead. Minnesota added another run in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead when Nick Punto singled in Delmon Young from third. But those would be the only runs Robertson would give up on the day, as he went five innings and allowed just five hits. "Robertson's got great stuff. He always has," Cuddyer said. "He didn't miss a lot over the plate too much and hit his spots. He threw well." "Robertson kept us off balance," Gardenhire added. "Fastballs and changeups, and we just never really did a whole heck of a lot against him, either." Mauer and Matt Tolbert were the only two Twins with multiple hits, as both went 2-for-4. Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel combined to go 0-for-11. Span struck out in all four of his at-bats, including three times against Robertson. "Nate just totally pitched him good today," Tigers catcher Gerald Laird said. "[Span's] kind of like their pulse. He gets on base and gets things going for Mauer and those guys. With him not on, it's a rally killer if you can't get that leadoff guy on." And without Span getting on base, it was tough for the Twins to get anything going.
"[It was] a tough day today," Gardenhire said. "We wanted to try to get the sweep. I guess we'll have to take two out of three."
Tyler Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.