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Rodriguez helps Tigers rally past Twins

Apr 15, 2008 - 3:56 AM DETROIT (Ticker) -- Ivan Rodriguez helped the Detroit Tigers end their offensive woes Monday, rallying from a pair of five-run deficits to record an 11-9 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Rodriguez blasted a solo home run in the seventh inning and added a game-tying two-run triple in the eighth. He then scored the winning run on Jacque Jones' sacrifice fly in the eighth.

The Tigers' four-run rally in the sixth frame ended a 24-inning scoreless streak, which dated to the eighth inning of Friday's 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.

"A win like this means a lot for us," Rodriguez said. "Just got to keep playing. We have a good lineup. We can do that, we can hit."

"It was a great comeback for us, obviously," Detroit manager Jim Leyland added. "A real nice win for us. Finally broke loose, we were hitting the ball hard. Nobody was hitting and then a couple of guys start hitting and it gets contagious."

Carlos Guillen's two-run double chased Twins rookie starter Nick Blackburn and highlighted the rally that cut the deficit to 5-4. Minnesota, however, answered with four runs in the seventh to extend the advantage to 9-4.

"Good teams can score runs. ... Today, we scored runs," Guillen said. "It feels pretty good. That's what everybody expects from this team. We've got a pretty good lineup."

Rodriguez started the comeback in the bottom half of the frame when he blasted Matt Guerrier's offering for his first homer of the season. Twins outfielder Denard Span had a chance to catch the ball but it bounced off his glove and over the right field wall.

"I had it in the palm of my glove and when I hit the wall it came out of my glove and over the wall," Span said.

The Tigers, who had lost 10 of their first 12 games this season, then completed the rally with a six-run eighth inning.

Gary Sheffield and Magglio Ordonez connected on back-to-back doubles to start the frame and Miguel Cabrera reached on Minnesota shortstop Adam Everett's throwing error.

Guillen's RBI single chased Guerrier, who was replaced by Pat Neshek (0-1). After Edgar Renteria grounded into a fielder's choice, Rodriguez belted a triple to deep right, plating Cabrera and Renteria and tying the game at 9-9.

"That was a big hit off a pitcher that he's had some trouble with," Leyland said of Rodriguez's triple. "That guy (Neshek) is an excellent, excellent relief pitcher. We just got him tonight."

After Jones' sacrifice fly plated Rodriguez, rookie Clete Thomas tripled and was driven in by Placido Polanco's base hit that gave Detroit an 11-9 lead.

"It was a wild night," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It doesn't happen often that our bullpen pitches like it did tonight. You saw tonight what the Tigers can do when you can't make pitches."

Minnesota's ineffective bullpen effort cost Blackburn his first career victory. The 26-year-old righthander allowed four runs and eight hits with no walks and no strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.

Francis Beltran (1-0) received the win after pitching a scoreless eighth and Todd Jones pitched around a pair of hits in the ninth for his second save of the season.

Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman allowed seven runs - four earned - and eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 0 2 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 9 13 1
    DETROIT 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 6 x 11 16 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIN - NICK BLACKBURN, MATT GUERRIER (6TH), PAT NESHEK (8TH) AND JOE
    MAUER
    DET - JEREMY BONDERMAN, BOBBY SEAY (7TH), FRANCIS
    BELTRAN (8TH), TODD JONES (9TH) AND IVA

    Apr 14 10:24 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PLACIDO POLANCO SCORED CLETE THOMAS.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, P POLANCO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 9
    DETROIT 11 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: G SHEFFIELD (.219, 2-FOR-4)

    Twins 9, Tigers 11  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 14 10:12 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JACQUE JONES SCORED IVAN RODRIGUEZ.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 9
    DETROIT 10 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C THOMAS (.323, 0-FOR-4)

    Twins 9, Tigers 10  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 14 10:08 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY IVAN RODRIGUEZ SCORED MIGUEL CABRERA AND EDGAR
    RENTERIA.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, I RODRIGUEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 9
    DETROIT 9 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: J JONES (.194, 0-FOR-3)

    Twins 9, Tigers 9  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 14 10:04 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS GUILLEN SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C GUILLEN ON FIRST, M CABRERA ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 9
    DETROIT 7 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: E RENTERIA (.269, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Twins 9, Tigers 7  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 14 9:58 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MAGGLIO ORDONEZ SCORED GARY SHEFFIELD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M ORDONEZ ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 9
    DETROIT 6 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.209, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Twins 9, Tigers 6  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 14 9:54 PM
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    Twins 9, Tigers 5  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 14 9:38 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY IVAN RODRIGUEZ (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF MATT GUERRIER.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 9, DETROIT 5
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: J JONES (.200, 0-FOR-2)

    Twins 9, Tigers 5  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 14 9:33 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON KUBEL SCORED DELMON YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J KUBEL ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 9
    DETROIT 4 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B HARRIS (.343, 1-FOR-2, SF, 2 RBI)

    Twins 9, Tigers 4  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 14 9:26 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED JOE MAUER.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D YOUNG ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 8
    DETROIT 4 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.268, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Twins 8, Tigers 4  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 14 9:25 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JUSTIN MORNEAU SCORED CARLOS GOMEZ AND DENARD
    SPAN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J MORNEAU ON FIRST, J MAUER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 7
    DETROIT 4 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D YOUNG (.271, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Twins 7, Tigers 4  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 14 9:21 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EDGAR RENTERIA SCORED CARLOS GUILLEN.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, 0 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 5
    DETROIT 4 END BOTTOM, 6TH

    Twins 5, Tigers 4  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 14 9:04 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CARLOS GUILLEN SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ AND MIGUEL
    CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C GUILLEN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 5
    DETROIT 3 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: E RENTERIA (.255, 1-FOR-2)

    Twins 5, Tigers 3  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 14 8:59 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIGUEL CABRERA SCORED GARY SHEFFIELD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M CABRERA ON FIRST, M ORDONEZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 5
    DETROIT 1 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GUILLEN (.324, 1-FOR-2)

    Twins 5, Tigers 1  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 14 8:58 PM
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    Twins 2, Tigers 0  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 14 8:30 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE LAMB SCORED BRENDAN HARRIS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M LAMB ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 2
    DETROIT 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: A EVERETT (.130, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Twins 2, Tigers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 14 7:33 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRENDAN HARRIS SCORED DELMON YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B HARRIS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 1
    DETROIT 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: M LAMB (.176, 0 HR, 5 RBI)

    Twins 1, Tigers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 14 7:32 PM