Twins slip by TigersJul 4, 2012 - 5:54 AM
Josh Willingham added a two-run shot among his two hits, and three RBI for Minnesota, which has won five straight games.
Jeff Gray (5-0) tossed two shutout innings of relief to register the win, while Glen Perkins fired a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his fourth save of the year.
"It seems like we're just going out and playing and not really worrying about the hole that we're in or anything like that," said Perkins. "The more we can win, the better off we'll be as we go along.
Brennan Boesch clobbered a solo shot among his three hits, and tallied three RBI for the Tigers, who have dropped the first two games of this series.
"It's bitter-sweet when you have a good game and your team losses," admitted Boesch. "You don't get to enjoy it as much but you get to build on it the next day."
With the game tied 6-6 after six innings, the Twins went ahead in the seventh.
Back-to-back doubles by Mauer and Willingham off Brayan Villarreal (3-2) to begin the frame put runners on second and third. After Justin Morneau was intentionally walked, Mauer scored on Doumit's sacrifice fly to center two batters later for a 7-6 Minnesota edge.
The Twins added an insurance run in the ninth on Mauer's opposite-field shot, which made it 8-6.
Earlier, Minnesota struck first in the opening frame on Willingham's sacrifice fly, but the Tigers responded by plating three in the second.
Prince Fielder led off with a single, and Alex Avila's base hit two batters later put runners on first and second with one away. Fielder crossed the plate on Ryan Raburn's double, while Boesch's single brought home Avila and Raburn for a 3-1 Tigers advantage.
The Twins, though, regained the lead after pushing across five two-out runs in the third. Ben Revere singled and advanced to third following a balk and wild pitch. Mauer then rolled a grounder to shortstop, but Ramon Santiago bobbled it as Revere crossed the plate.
Willingham followed and belted a two-run shot to left, and after Morneau singled, Trevor Plouffe hammered a two-run blast over the wall in left, giving Minnesota a 6-3 edge.
The Tigers, however, fought back and knotted the contest with a three-run fourth. Boesch whacked a solo homer to center, and after Santiago singled, Austin Jackson walloped a two-run blast into the seats in left-center, making it 6-6.
Minnesota was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base, while Detroit finished 2-for-4 with RISP and stranded three...Willingham's homer was his 18th of the year...The start of the game was delayed by 1 hour and 30 minutes due to rain.
- MINNESOTA: 8
Jul 4 12:01 AM
- Joe Mauer lead-off Home Run (5) to left. Josh Willingham due up.
Twins 8, Tigers 6 Top 9, 0 OutsJul 3 11:38 PM
- Ryan Doumit sacrifice fly out to center scored Joe Mauer with two outs. On the play, Justin Morneau advances to second and Josh Willingham advances to third. Runners on second and third and Brian Dozier due up.
Twins 7, Tigers 6 Top 7, 2 OutsJul 3 11:08 PM
- Austin Jackson one-out, two-run Home Run (9) to left center scored Ramon Santiago. Quintin Berry due up.
Twins 6, Tigers 6 Bot 4, 1 OutJul 3 10:02 PM
- Brennan Boesch one-out, solo Home Run (8) to center. Ramon Santiago due up.
Twins 6, Tigers 4 Bot 4, 1 OutJul 3 10:00 PM
- Trevor Plouffe two-out, two-run Home Run (19) to left scored Justin Morneau. Ryan Doumit due up.
Twins 6, Tigers 3 Top 3, 2 OutsJul 3 9:39 PM
- Josh Willingham two-out, two-run Home Run (18) to left scored Joe Mauer. Justin Morneau due up.
Twins 4, Tigers 3 Top 3, 2 OutsJul 3 9:32 PM
- Joe Mauer reached first on Ramon Santiago's fielding error which scored Ben Revere with two outs. Runner on first and Josh Willingham due up.
Twins 2, Tigers 3 Top 3, 2 OutsJul 3 9:30 PM
- Brennan Boesch single to right scored Alex Avila and Ryan Raburn with one out. Runner on first and Ramon Santiago due up.
Twins 1, Tigers 3 Bot 2, 1 OutJul 3 9:05 PM
- Ryan Raburn double to right scored Prince Fielder with one out. On the play, Alex Avila advances to third. Runners on second and third and Brennan Boesch due up.
Twins 1, Tigers 1 Bot 2, 1 OutJul 3 9:03 PM
- Josh Willingham sacrifice fly out to left scored Ben Revere with two outs. Runner on second and Justin Morneau due up.
Twins 1, Tigers 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJul 3 8:42 PM
- MINNESOTA: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 3 8:35 PM
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