DETROIT — Doug Fister's one shaky inning was enough to send the Detroit Tigers to defeat.
Joe Mauer homered and had three hits, helping the Minnesota Twins snap a 10-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Tigers on Saturday. Mauer had already earned the ire of Detroit fans when he broke up Anibal Sanchez's no-hit bid in the ninth inning Friday night. He was booed when came to bat in the first inning Saturday — then booed some more after his solo homer to right field.
The Twins scored three runs in the first, and that was enough. P.J. Walters (1-0) went six innings, allowing two runs and eight hits.
Fister (5-2) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings.
"It's a big league ballclub over there with nine guys that can hit," Fister said. "From start to finish, it's a constant battle."
Jhonny Peralta homered for the Tigers.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected while arguing a call in the third inning.
Mauer's first-inning drive was ruled a homer, then reviewed because the ball bounced back into the field of play. A replay showed it hit the top of the wall in right, but may have also glanced off a railing above the wall. The call stood.
"I felt like I made a good pitch, and he put a good swing on it," Fister said. "I wanted to go up and in on him, and he turned on it well, and obviously hit it."
The Twins weren't done. After being shut down in Sanchez's one-hitter the previous evening, they broke through right away against Fister. Justin Morneau's RBI double made it 2-0, and he came in to score on Chris Parmelee's single.
Walters was called up from the minors before this start, and he got out of a jam in the second when Andy Dirks struck out with the bases loaded.
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a first-inning single.
Twins center fielder Wilkin Ramirez left the game after a scary collision on a fly ball.
Omar Infante lifted a fly to left-center in the sixth, and Willingham, the left fielder, was under it when Ramirez came speeding over to try to make the play. Ramirez did catch the ball, holding onto it for the third out after colliding with Willingham.
Ramirez remained down on the ground well into the break between innings. He was finally able to walk off under his own power, but when he got back to the dugout, he appeared to be flexing his jaw.