Twins dump Tigers in opener of day-night twinbillSep 24, 2012 - 6:26 AM
Ben Revere went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI while Eduardo Escobar added two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Twins, who had lost five of seven coming in.
Scott Diamond (12-8) gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings to get the win.
"Diamond went out there and we've said all along that if your starter gives you good innings and keeps it close, you can win ball games," said Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire. "He didn't let up any big innings and stayed ahead of the hitters most of the night."
Max Scherzer (16-7) was charged with three runs on six hits in five-plus innings for the Tigers, who have dropped two of three. Avisail Garcia hit a two-run single in the loss.
"We needed to win this ball game, that's just plain and simple," said Scherzer. "That's a good team over there and we respect them, but we should be winning these games."
The game stayed scoreless until the fourth inning when Detroit took the lead. With one out, Omar Infante singled and rounded the bases when Miguel Cabrera followed with a double. Delmon Young later singled home Cabrera for a 2-0 lead.
Minnesota, though, went ahead in the sixth inning. Revere tripled to start the frame and quickly scored on a Mauer single. After a double by Josh Willingham, Phil Coke took the mound and Justin Morneau greeted him with a single to plate Mauer. A walk to Ryan Doumit then loaded the bases.
Brayan Villarreal became the third pitcher of the inning for the Tigers and Trevor Plouffe scored one with a single. A wild pitch by Villarreal scored another run and Pedro Florimon's fielder's choice scored one more for a 5-2 lead.
Mauer's sacrifice fly in the seventh made it a 6-2 contest.
In the eighth, the Twins padded their lead on RBI singles from Escobar and Revere, along with a two-run triple by Mauer for a 10-2 advantage.
Garcia's two-run single in the ninth accounted for the final score.
Detroit still leads the season series, 8-6 ... Minnesota hit 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position ... Diamond moved to 1-2 in four games against Detroit ... Scherzer fell to 3-2 in nine starts against the Twins.
- MINNESOTA: 2
Sep 23 10:14 PM
- Jamey Carroll single to center scored Denard Span with one out. On the play, Jamey Carroll out at second on the throw. None on and Joe Mauer due up.
Twins 2, Tigers 1 Top 10, 2 OutsSep 23 10:06 PM
- Jamey Carroll grounded into a fielder's choice, third to catcher. On the play, Matt Carson out at home. On the play, Pedro Florimon Jr.scored on Alex Avila's throwing error with two out. On the play, Ben Revere out at home, right to pitcher to third to end the inning.
Twins 1, Tigers 1 Mid 5Sep 23 8:41 PM
- Prince Fielder flied out to right. Runner on second with two outs and Delmon Young due up.
Twins 0, Tigers 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsSep 23 7:28 PM
- MINNESOTA: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 23 7:06 PM
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