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6 - 11 Final
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Tigers score 6 in 6th, rally past Twins 11-6

Apr 29, 2010 - 3:24 AM DETROIT(AP) -- The Detroit Tigers got the win and Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire got ejected.

Brennan Boesch hit a go-ahead double shortly after a disputed play that wound up with Gardenhire getting tossed, and the Tigers rallied for six runs in the sixth inning to beat the Twins 11-6 Wednesday night

"We've had a few comebacks, and that's been pretty important for us," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Our bullpen has done a great job for us, but we can't keep expecting to do this. We've got to get our starters deeper into games."

The Twins took an early 6-1 lead, and still led by a run in the sixth. With one out and a runner on first, Johnny Damon hit a deep drive and center fielder Denard Span appeared to make a running catch.

Span, however, lost the ball after taking two steps in the left-center field alley. After a lengthy discussion, the umpires ruled Span hadn't held the ball long enough for an out, and Gardenhire was ejected for arguing the call.

"The replay showed he caught the ball, took three steps, and dropped it when he went to take it out of his glove to throw it. That's all there is to that," Gardenhire said.

Detroit quickly took advantage of the two-base error. Pat Neshek relieved Ron Mahay and walked Magglio Ordonez, loading the bases. Miguel Cabrera was hit by a pitch that forced home the tying run, Boesch and Brandon Inge hit two-run doubles and Ryan Raburn added an RBI double.

"We fell behind tonight, but we felt like it was just a matter of time before we got the bats going," Inge said. "We were staying aggressive, and it worked out well for us in the end."

Damon was the only batter that Mahay (0-1) faced. Brad Thomas (1-0) picked up his first major league win in relief, nine years after making his debut with the Twins.

"It's been a lot of hard work," said Thomas, who came into the game with a 8.44 ERA. "It's been embarrassing what happened before today, but I did my job today. You have to keep this team close, because we hit so well that there's always a chance."

Jim Thome's homer off Tigers starter Max Scherzer put the Twins ahead 2-0 in the first. The Tigers got a run back in the bottom half on Ordonez's RBI double.

In the third, Luke Hughes became the first Twin since 1984 to homer in his first major league at-bat. Minnesota made it 6-1 on RBI singles by Jason Kubel, Span and Orlando Hudson in the fourth.

"This is a tough one, because when it was 6-1, it looked like we had the game under control," Gardenhire said. "Everything just went the wrong way after that."

Detroit's rally started against Minnesota starter Scott Baker in the fourth when Inge led off with a homer. Damon added an RBI groundout later in the inning and Ordonez followed with a two-run single.

"I was flying open all night, and I just couldn't make the adjustment I needed to get the ball down," Baker said. "I had been able to make pitches when I needed them, but it caught up with me in that inning."

NOTES: Andre David was the last Minnesota player to homer in his first at-bat, doing it on June 29, 1984, in Detroit. ... As usual at Comerica Park, the fans threw Hughes' home-run ball back on to the field. Ordonez tossed it to a kid in the crowd before realizing the Twins were asking for it. Luckily for Hughes, the young fan immediately returned the ball to Ordonez upon his request. "That was a little crazy - people were throwing the ball back and forth, but we ended up with it," Gardenhire said. ... Ordonez's three hits gave him 1,999 for his career. ... Twins 1B Justin Morneau sat out, one day after leaving Tuesday's win with a stiff back. Gardenhire said he doesn't expect Morneau to play in Thursday afternoon's series finale, but hopes to have him back for a weekend series in Cleveland.








  • Tigers 11, Twins 6 - FINAL
    MINNESOTA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    D Span cf 4 0 1 1 1 1 0 .232
    O Hudson 2b 5 1 2 1 0 1 2 .279
    J Mauer c 5 0 1 0 0 0 4 .346
    J Thome dh 4 1 2 2 0 2 1 .282
    M Cuddyer 1b 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .302
    J Kubel rf 4 1 3 1 0 0 1 .212
    D Young l

    Apr 28 10:17 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RYAN RABURN SCORED BRANDON INGE
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, R RABURN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 6
    DETROIT 11 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: A AVILA (.100, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Twins 6, Tigers 11  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 28 9:35 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRANDON INGE SCORED BRENNAN BOESCH AND MIGUEL
    CABRERA
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, B INGE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 6
    DETROIT 10 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: R RABURN (.200, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Twins 6, Tigers 10  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 28 9:34 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRENNAN BOESCH SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ AND JOHNNY
    DAMON
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B BOESCH ON SECOND, M CABRERA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 6
    DETROIT 8 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B INGE (.259, 1-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Twins 6, Tigers 8  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 28 9:33 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    HIT BY PITCH BY MIGUEL CABRERA SCORED AUSTIN JACKSON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M CABRERA ON FIRST, M ORDONEZ ON SECOND, J
    DAMON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 6
    DETROIT 6 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B BOESCH (.267, 1-FOR-3)

    Twins 6, Tigers 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 28 9:29 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MAGGLIO ORDONEZ SCORED AUSTIN JACKSON AND RAMON
    SANTIAGO
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M ORDONEZ ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 6
    DETROIT 5 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.349, 0-FOR-2)

    Twins 6, Tigers 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 28 8:39 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JOHNNY DAMON SCORED RYAN RABURN
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A JACKSON ON SECOND, R SANTIAGO ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 6
    DETROIT 3 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.296, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Twins 6, Tigers 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 28 8:38 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BRANDON INGE (3) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF SCOTT BAKER.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 6, DETROIT 2
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: R RABURN (.206, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 6, Tigers 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 28 8:28 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ORLANDO HUDSON SCORED DELMON YOUNG
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, O HUDSON ON FIRST, D SPAN ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 6
    DETROIT 1 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.360, 1-FOR-2)

    Twins 6, Tigers 1  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 28 8:21 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DENARD SPAN SCORED JASON KUBEL
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D SPAN ON FIRST, D YOUNG ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 5
    DETROIT 1 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: O HUDSON (.277, 1-FOR-2)

    Twins 5, Tigers 1  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 28 8:19 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON KUBEL SCORED MICHAEL CUDDYER
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J KUBEL ON FIRST, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 4
    DETROIT 1 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D YOUNG (.241, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 4, Tigers 1  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 28 8:11 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY LUKE HUGHES (1) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF MAX SCHERZER.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 3, DETROIT 1
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D SPAN (.228, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 3, Tigers 1  Top 3, 0 OutsApr 28 7:47 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MAGGLIO ORDONEZ SCORED AUSTIN JACKSON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M ORDONEZ ON FIRST, J DAMON ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 2
    DETROIT 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.357, 5 HR, 24 RBI)

    Twins 2, Tigers 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 28 7:22 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 2 2 2 0
    DETROIT 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIN - SCOTT BAKER
    DET - MAX SCHERZER

    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: A JACKSON (.314, 1 HR, 6 RBI)
    J DAMON (.329, 0 HR, 8 RBI)
    M ORDONEZ (.278, 4 HR, 14 RBI)

    Twins 2, Tigers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 28 7:16 PM