DETROIT(AP) It wasn't pretty or easy but the
got the win.
homered in a six-run first inning and Detroit held on for a 10-8 victory over the
on Friday night.
The first-place Tigers stretched their lead in the AL Central to 5 1/2 games over third-place Minnesota.
It was Avila's first major league homer, and the son of Tigers' vice president and assistant general manager Al Avila finished
with two hits and four RBIs in his second game in the big leagues.
had four hits and drove in a run for Detroit.
homered, knocked in three runs and had four hits for the Twins, while
had four hits.
(6-10) gave up four runs - three earned - in five innings for the win. He walked five and struck out three.
''He didn't have his best stuff today. He battled,'' Avila said. ''He was a bulldog out there.''
singled in a run and
hit a sacrifice fly off Tigers' closer
in the ninth. Rodney struck out
to end the game with runners on first and second and Mauer on deck.
''We got in the right column, it wasn't easy,'' Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.
(3-5) allowed seven runs and eight hits in one-plus innings.
''I just couldn't make any of my pitches,'' Swarzak said. ''I wasn't able to stay ahead of the hitters.''
Mauer's 19th homer put the Twins up 1-0, but the Tigers answered with six runs in the bottom of the inning.
had an RBI grounder - which included a rundown of
between third and home on which Granderson said he was tagged by Twins third baseman
, but wasn't called out and slid in safely at the plate - Cabrera hit a three-run homer - his 22nd - and Avila added his two-run
''We had some bad calls against us and the pitching didn't hold up,'' Twins manager
said. ''The guys kept battling all night.''
Avila is 4 for 8 with a home run, five RBIs and two doubles in his first two big league games.
''The last two games have been a blast for me,'' he said.
The Twins came back with three in the second on Span's RBI single and Mauer's two-out, two-run single to make it 6-4.
Another RBI fielder's choice by Thomas increased Detroit's lead to 7-4 in the second and Avila's two-out, two-run double made
it 9-4 in the fifth.
had a bases-loaded, two-run double in the sixth to make it 9-6.
''I was proud of the guys tonight, we just kept coming back,'' Harris said.
Polanco doubled in a run in the eighth.
NOTES: The Twins acquired RHP
from Cleveland for a player to be named. The 33-year-old, who is 9-8 with a 5.37 ERA, will start Saturday. RHP R.A. Dickey
was optioned to Triple-A Toledo and RHP
was transferred to the 60-day DL. ... Tigers RHP
, on the DL after undergoing thoracic outlet compression syndrome surgery, allowed three runs and three hits in an inning
in a rehabilitation appearance with Triple-A Toledo. ... Gardenhire was ejected in the top of the second by home plate umpire
Hunter Wendelstedt. It was the 46th ejection of his career and fifth this season. ... Polanco's 67-game errorless streak at
2B was snapped by a throwing error in the fourth. ... Twins' SS Cabrera went 1-for-6 to extend his hitting streak to a career-high