American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Detroit|
(Thursday, May 17th)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Detroit 3
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Justin Morneau clubbed a two-run homer and
plated the decisive run with a groundout, as the Minnesota Twins held on to
beat the Detroit Tigers, 4-3, in the finale of a two-game set at Comerica
Trevor Plouffe also homered for the Twins, who have won two games in a row for
only the second time this season (April 11-12).
Minnesota starting pitcher P.J. Walters (1-1) pitched 6 1/3 innings to earn
his third major league win, and first win since 2010. The right-hander gave up
four hits, three of which were solo home runs, walked three and struck out
"You don't like to give up home runs, but the offense gave me a little room to
work with so it didn't hurt us," Walters said.
Doug Fister (0-2) allowed four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits over six
frames for Detroit, which has dropped six of its last nine games.
Already down 3-0, the Tigers' defense giftwrapped a fourth run for Minnesota.
Josh Willingham reached third on a missed catch error by first baseman Prince
Fielder to begin the fifth and he scored on Morneau's 4-3 groundout.
Walters held the Tigers hitless through four innings, but he surrendered
leadoff home runs to Brennan Boesch and Andy Dirks in the fifth and sixth,
After Miguel Cabrera flied out, Fielder drove a Walters offering to right
field, trimming the deficit to one.
Walters was removed in the seventh with two men aboard. Francisco Liriano
preserved the lead by getting pinch-hitter Ramon Santiago to ground into a
1-4-3 double play.
Glen Perkins succeeded Liriano on the mound and started the eighth with
consecutive walks - on nine pitches. The left-hander recovered to strike out
Fielder and, like Liriano, coaxed a double-play grounder from Delmon Young.
The ninth was not nearly as adventurous for Matt Capps, who retired the Tigers
in order to pick up his eighth save of the year.
"We kept the game close today. We just couldn't get over the hump," Dirks
Minnesota loaded the bases in the first but didn't score. The Twins got on the
board in the third as Morneau and Plouffe hit back-to-back home runs.
Willingham worked a two-out walk and Morneau followed with an opposite-field
drive to left-center. Plouffe deposited the second pitch he saw to the seats
Fister, who walked two and struck out five, entered the game with a 19 1/3
scoreless innings streak at Comerica Park...The Twins placed pitcher Nick
Blackburn on the 15-day disabled list because of a left quad strain and
decided to keep catcher Ryan Doumit on the 25-man roster. Doumit is suffering
from a right calf strain and the Twins had announced after Wednesday's game
that he would be placed on the DL. After receiving favorable medical results,
the Twins instead kept him active. Outfielder Ben Revere was recalled from
Triple-A Rochester and he went 1-for-4 out of the leadoff spot on Thursday.
05/17 18:01:57 ET