Michael Fulmer pitches Detroit Tigers out of funk of 5-game losing streak

The Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton avoids the tag of Detroit Tigers shortstop Dixon Machado to get a double in the fifth inning Wednesday in Minneapolis. (AP photo)

By MIKE COOK
Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Fulmer is a bit confused.
Fulmer felt good going into his previous outing yet allowed three runs in a no-decision during a loss at Seattle.
“I come here today just not feeling well. The ball felt heavy,” he said Wednesday.
Fulmer allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings to win for the first time in four starts, and the Detroit Tigers stopped a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.
“Baseball’s weird,” Fulmer said. “Maybe it’s what I needed, not having my best stuff and still going out and still giving our team a chance to win.”
Niko Goodrum ended an 0-for-14 skid with a homer.
Fulmer (2-3) improved to 4-0 against Minnesota as he threw a season-high 112 pitches. He had lost his previous three starts, allowing 14 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings.
Louis Coleman pitched 1 1/3 innings, Joe Jimenez got three outs and Shane Greene threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his 11th save in 14 chances, completing a five-hitter.
Goodrum, Nicholas Castellanos and Victor Martinez had two hits each for the Tigers.