American League Game Summary - Detroit at Minnesota|
(Saturday, May 26th)
Final Score: Detroit 6, Minnesota 3
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Andy Dirks hit two doubles, drove in two
and scored two as the Detroit Tigers took a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins
in a rainy second game of a three-game series.
Prince Fielder went 4-for-4 with an RBI while Miguel Cabrera drove in two and
scored once for the Tigers, who have taken the first two games of this set
after getting swept by Cleveland.
Max Scherzer (4-3) gave up three runs on six hits with nine strikeouts over 5
1/3 innings to grab the win.
"It was an interesting game because things got a little hairy," said Detroit
manager Jim Leyland. "The rain delay, that was a tough one because Scherzer
was throwing pretty good. But the bullpen did a good job of picking things up
Denard Span and Justin Morneau each hit a solo home run for the Twins, who
have dropped four straight. Carl Pavano (2-4) was touched for all six runs on
10 hits in just 4 1/3 innings to suffer the loss.
"We were missing a lot of pitches out there today," said Minnesota designated
hitter Joe Mauer about the team striking out 16 times. "The rain delays didn't
help us much there."
Detroit scored two runs in the first as Dirks doubled, Cabrera followed with
an RBI double and then came home on a single from Fielder.
Minnesota got one back in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring double
play off the bat of Mauer and tied the game in the second when Morneau led off
the frame with his ninth homer of the year.
The Tigers, though, plated four runs in the fifth. Alex Avila and Ramon
Santiago hit consecutive one-out singles and Quintin Berry followed with a
basehit to score Avila. Dirks then doubled home both baserunners and Cabrera
followed with an RBI single for a 6-2 lead.
Fielder then singled to again put runners on the corners, but Brian Duensing
came on the mound and got Delmon Young to swing at the first pitch, which
resulted in a 6-4-3 double play to escape the jam.
Span hit his first home run of the season in the sixth to get the Twins within
three and back-to-back singles from Ben Revere and Mauer put the tying run at
The game then went into a rain delay, but after play started back up, Octavio
Dotel struck out Josh Willingham and got Morneau to foul out and end the
Dotel then struck out the side in the seventh while Joaquin Benoit tossed a
Jose Valverde worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his eighth save of the season and 250th
of his career.
There was a rain delay of about 20 minutes to start the game then another of
roughly 40 minutes in the sixth...Span's last home run came on May 23rd of
last year...Scherzer is 2-1 in seven starts against the Twins...Pavano fell to
5-5 in 13 starts against the Tigers...Detroit will go for the sweep on Sunday
with Rick Porcello on the mound while P.J. Walters will pitch for Minnesota.
05/26 19:14:39 ET