Ryan, Twins send Tigers to 22nd shutout loss of the season
DETROIT — Jake Ryan allowed five hits in six innings and the Minnesota Twins blanked Detroit 7-0 on Friday night, the Tigers’ 22nd shutout loss of the season.
Detroit had its six-game winning streak snapped and surpassed the 1973 New York Yankees and 1976 Chicago White Sox, whose 21 times shut out were the most in the American League in the DH era.
Ryan (13-8) walked one and struck out eight. He fanned Miguel Cabrera and Spencer Torkelson to start the second, tying and breaking Francisco Liriano’s franchise record of 144 strikeouts for a rookie pitcher.
Tigers starter Tyler Alexander (4-11) allowed three runs on five hits and four walks in five innings.
The Twins took a 1-0 lead in the third on Mark Contreras’ RBI double and added two more runs in the fourth. Gio Urshela walked and scored on Ryan Jeffers’ triple, and Jake Cave made it 3-0 with a two-out single.
Minnesota loaded the bases in the fifth, but Jeffers grounded out to end the inning, while Torkelson struck out to end the Tigers sixth with the bases loaded.
Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer off Will Vest in the seventh, giving the Twins a 5-0 lead, and Gilberto Celestino added an RBI double later in the inning.
Urshela made it 7-0 in the eighth before Kody Clemens threw a scoreless ninth in his seventh pitching appearance of the season. Clemens didn’t pitch in college and the minors before reaching the majors earlier this season, but has replaced Harold Castro as Detroit’s go-to emergency reliever.
The teams play the second game of their weekend series on Saturday evening, with Detroit’s Drew Hutchinson (3-9, 4.54) facing Dylan Bundy (8-8, 4.93).