Rodriguez, VerHagen lead Tigers past Twins 9-6
Saturday, August 24, 2019

(MINNEAPOLIS) – The Minnesota Twins are looking for a big finish, and Jose Berrios has turned into a concern for the A.L. Central leaders. Berrios surrendered Ronny Rodriguez's first career grand slam in the sixth inning of Minnesota's 9-6 loss to the lowly Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Berrios (10-7) allowed five runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. The All-Star right-hander has yielded at least five earned runs in two of his past four starts after having one such game in the first four months. Miguel Sano and Jake Cave each homered twice for Minnesota, which had its lead in the division trimmed to 2 1/2 games over Cleveland. Rodriguez had three hits for Detroit, and Drew VerHagen struck out 11 in a career-high six innings. Rodriguez's 10th homer capped the Tigers' five-run sixth. VerHagen (4-2) got another chance in the Tigers' beleaguered rotation and had the best outing of his career. He permitted three runs and five hits.