The Twins have also won seven of their last nine games against divisional foes, while the Tigers have dropped four of their last five games against right-handed starters.
Boyd didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning, exiting only because of an elevated pitch count, and batterymate James McCann provided the Tigers' punch with his third home run of the season in a 2-1 win.
Through seven games, Tigers starting pitchers have recorded six quality starts, compiling a 2.40 ERA. Francisco Rodriguez threw a somewhat shaky 9th inning, giving up 1 earned run on 3 hits but got the job done for his 3rd save of the season. Romine hit a grand slam to lead the Tigers to a 5-3 win. "One- or two-run innings are going to happen, but when you give up a five-spot there - when your team gives you a 3-0 lead - it's frustrating, especially when you're close and make a couple pitches and you could get out of it with no runs". Detroit's maligned bullpen pitched three hitless innings, with Alex Wilson working the final two for his third career save and first this season.
Jason Castro hit an RBI single with one out in the ninth for Minnesota, but right fielder Mikie Mahtook made a nice play to cut the ball off in the gap and prevent him from going to second.
Baseball fans reach for a foul ball hit by Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco during the third inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Detroit. Pinch hitter Joe Mauer followed with a bloop single to left, but Rodriguez retired Eddie Rosario on a flyout before Kepler's popout.
NATIONALS 8, CARDINALS 3: Daniel Murphy homered, doubled twice and tied career highs with five RBIs and four hits and the Washington Nationals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 8-3 on Tuesday night. The other time was in 2014.
Minnesota's Byron Buxton struck out in all three of his plate appearances and is now 2-for-29 with 17 strikeouts. He was warming up in the bullpen while the Twins batted in the ninth.
Tigers: Detroit continues to be without J.D. Martinez (sprained right foot) in RF.
Dropping consecutive games for the first time this season, the Twins fell a game behind the Tigers in the early American League Central standings. Reliever Robbie Ross Jr. was placed on the 10-day disabled list with the flu.
According to Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, there were "three different viruses" going on within his team. The Tigers stopped short of fumigation, and visiting clubhouse personnel said they couldn't remember such a thorough disinfection being required for many years.