DETROIT (AP) — Alex Avila’s double in the eighth inning that appeared to hit a fan in the stands down the left-field line scored Jhonny Peralta from first base and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 Monday.

With Peralta on first and two outs, Avila hit a ball down the line that rattled along the short fence as fans reached over for it.

Umpires stopped the play after the ball appeared to strike the fan, but they let the run stand instead of sending Peralta back to third. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire came out to argue and was ejected.

Al Alburquerque (2-1) pitched an inning of scoreless relief, and Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 13th save.

Alex Burnett (1-4) lost.

The struggling Twins also lost right fielder Jason Kubel to a sprained left foot after six innings. X-rays were negative, and Kubel is day-to-day.

Minnesota led 5-3 after scoring four runs in the fifth, but the Tigers tied it in the sixth on a two-run homer by Victor Martinez.

Detroit squandered a bases-loaded, nobody-out chance in the seventh when Austin Jackson and pinch-hitter Casper Wells struck out and Brennan Boesch hit a groundball to end the inning.

Brad Penny pitched six innings for Detroit, allowing five runs on 10 hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Penny looked sharp at the start, and the Tigers took an early 3-0 lead. Jackson led off the bottom of the first with a double and later scored on a groundout by Boesch. Miguel Cabrera followed with his 10th homer of the season, a low line drive over the wall in left.

Andy Dirks added an RBI double in the third.

Michael Cuddyer hit an RBI single in the fourth for Minnesota, and the Twins then broke through against Penny the following inning. Minnesota got RBI singles from Rene Rivera, Kubel and Cuddyer and a sacrifice fly from Justin Morneau.

Minnesota starter Nick Blackburn went six-plus innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. He struck out three and walked one.

Notes: Detroit 2B Ryan Raburn had his first hit at home since April 27. … Tigers LHP Phil Coke, on the DL with a bone bruise in his right foot, is expected to pitch at Triple-A on Friday before making a start for the Tigers on June 8. … Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

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Comments (8)
  1. Al says:

    Fire Gardenhoser!

    1. MARK says:

      I’d rather see them fire Bill Smith. Why hasn’t he gotten more heat for this roster? No decent backup catcher (he traded away our best backup for Matt Capps and our second best backup for someone named Paul Bargas), gutted bullpen (Jesse Crain looks great for the White Sox), and Alexi Casilla (.248 average and 8 homers over parts of 6 seasons) as an everyday infielder. What a nightmare. I think Gardenhire, Tom Kelly, Casey Stengel, or anyone else you can name would have a hard time winning with this roster. Bill Smith should go.

    2. Good Ol Boy says:

      Is Gardenhoser the guy who was in the bleachers that got hit in the chest by the ground rule double ball or the name of the ump who called it fan interference? Just curious.

  2. zee the reporter says:

    This is a team of doubts! zee having to report!

    1. Good Ol Boy says:

      Jene Young is cuter than Ginger Zee. I’m just sayin…

  3. lA says:

    .resohnedraG eriF

  4. djp says:

    Fire that ump! What an idiot…he needs more training on how to read a play!!

  5. MARK says:

    The Twins won’t admit it, but their season is over. Since the only thing to play for now is next year’s draft pick, the ump did them a favor.

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