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Mauer caps huge rally as Twins stun Tigers

May 4, 2008 - 10:27 PM By Anthony Maggio PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The 29,821 Minnesota Twins fans at the Metrodome on Sunday were making plenty of noise during the decisive four-run seventh-inning that led to a 7-6 victory and a series sweep over the Detroit Tigers.

Alone in the clubhouse, Boof Bonser may have been hollering the loudest.

After allowing six runs in the first inning, Bonser settled in to pitch five scoreless frames, and Minnesota pecked away before third baseman Carlos Guillen's error opened the door and Joe Mauer capped off the seventh with a two-run single for the Twins' fifth consecutive victory.

"It proves you can't count us out," Bonser said. "I gave up those six runs and we go out and score seven. The game's not over. It wasn't a good thing that it happened in the first inning but, at the same time, I'm glad it didn't happen in the sixth inning later in the game where we wouldn't have had a chance."

Minnesota had the opportunity in the seventh inning thanks to Guillen's error, which led to four unearned runs.

After Tigers starter Kenny Rogers retired the first two of the frame, rookie Matt Tolbert started the rally with a double down the left-field line.

"We were down 6-0 in the first, that's not looking to good, right?" Tolbert said. "You never give up. You never know when something can happen like that. You just always go up there and try to get on base."

Nick Punto followed with an easy grounder to Guillen, but he bobbled it and didn't even make a throw, putting runners on the corners and chasing Rogers. It was Guillen's sixth error this season, tied for third most in the major leagues.

"Errors are part of the game," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I can live with that."

Zach Miner (1-2) fared no better, giving up a high chopper off home plate that wound up an RBI single for the speedy Carlos Gomez and a grounds-rule double to Brendan Harris to score Punto.

Mauer then capped the huge rally with a chopper up the middle off Bobby Seay that was perfectly placed between Edgar Renteria and Placido Polanco to plate Gomez and Harris.

Matt Guerrier (2-1) worked around an eighth-inning single, and Joe Nathan did the same in the ninth for his 11th save in as many chances this season.

"It's huge for our pitching staff to see we'll put up runs for them," Mauer said. "There's a lot of confidence in this room. We know we've got a good team."

The sweep did not seem likely after a rough first inning for Minnesota.

Curtis Granderson homered while Guillen, Magglio Ordonez and Renteria all drove in runs off Bonser, who was battered for six runs - five earned - in the first inning.

"I just said, 'Boof, you've got to start over,'" said Scott Ullger, who was serving as the Twins manager while Ron Gardenhire left to be with is family following the death of his brother. "You came in and tell (the team) there's a lot of game left, there was a whole game left."

Bonser gave up just two more hits the next five innings and managed to throw just 99 pitches after a 45-pitch first frame. Meanwhile, the Twins' offense fought back.

Mauer hit a two-out double and scored on Justin Morneau's RBI single in the fourth inning after Rogers retired the first 11 batters he faced. Craig Monroe and Delmon Young led off the fifth with back-to-back singles, and both scored on Punto's one-out double to make the score 6-3.

Rogers was denied his third win in his last four starts, allowing five runs - three earned - on six hits and no walks in 6 2/3 innings. After the big first inning, the Tigers offered just four hits of support the rest of the game.

"We have done that more than once the last couple years I've been here," Leyland said. "We get out, then suddenly we don't score any more and it comes back to haunt you."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    DETROIT 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 10 1
    MINNESOTA 0 0 0 1 2 0 4 0 x 7 9 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: DET - KENNY ROGERS, ZACH MINER (7TH), BOBBY SEAY (7TH), FRANCISCO
    CRUCETA (8TH) AND IVAN RODRIGUEZ
    MIN - BOOF BONSER, MATT GUERRIER (7TH), JOE NATHAN
    (9TH) AND JOE

    May 4 4:57 PM
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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOE MAUER SCORED CARLOS GOMEZ AND BRENDAN HARRIS.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J MAUER ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 6
    MINNESOTA 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORNEAU (.287, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Tigers 6, Twins 7  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 4 4:31 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY BRENDAN HARRIS SCORED NICK PUNTO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B HARRIS ON SECOND, C GOMEZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 6
    MINNESOTA 5 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.327, 1-FOR-3)

    Tigers 6, Twins 5  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 4 4:26 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS GOMEZ SCORED MATT TOLBERT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C GOMEZ ON FIRST, N PUNTO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 6
    MINNESOTA 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B HARRIS (.263, 0-FOR-3)

    Tigers 6, Twins 4  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 4 4:25 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NICK PUNTO SCORED CRAIG MONROE AND DELMON YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, N PUNTO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 6
    MINNESOTA 3 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: C GOMEZ (.267, 0-FOR-2)

    Tigers 6, Twins 3  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 4 3:41 PM


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    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JUSTIN MORNEAU SCORED JOE MAUER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J MORNEAU ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 6
    MINNESOTA 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: M CUDDYER (.298, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers 6, Twins 1  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 4 3:25 PM


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    DETROIT 6 6 6 0
    MINNESOTA 0 0 1 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: DET - KENNY ROGERS
    MIN - BOOF BONSER

    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: C GOMEZ (.272, 1 HR, 7 RBI)
    B HARRIS (.271, 2 HR, 6 RBI)
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