Rookie Astudillo drives in four as Twins rout Tigers

Willians Astudillo drove in four runs, Tyler Austin knocked in three more and the Minnesota Twins thumped the visiting Detroit Tigers 9-3 on Thursday.Astudillo, a rookie catcher, had two hits and scored a run. Austin contributed a pair of doubles and scored twice for the Twins. Logan Forsythe and Robbie Grossman scored two runs apiece while Jorge Polanco added three hits.Stephen Gonsalves (2-2) gave up two runs on three runs in 3 1/3 innings and collected the victory. Minnesota’s bullpen held Detroit scoreless after the second inning.The Twins won two games in the three-game series after sweeping a three-game road series against the Tigers last week.Christin Stewart supplied three hits and drove in a run to lead Detroit’s attack. Tigers starter Francisco Liriano (5-12) gave up four runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings. He was removed due to lower back tightness.The Tigers scored a run in the first on singles by Jeimer Candelario and Stewart, as well as a sacrifice fly by Nicholas Castellanos.Detroit made it 3-0 in the second. It loaded the bases on two walks and a single. Candelario’s fielder’s choice brought in one run and Stewart’s bloop single knocked in the other.