H E
Min 1 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 8 10 0
Det 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 10 2
Date of game: 7/3/2012

Recap: Detroit vs. Minnesota

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Joe Mauer smacked three hits, including a solo homer, to go with three runs scored, while Ryan Doumit lifted the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning as the Minnesota Twins downed the Detroit Tigers, 8-6, in the second of a four-game set.

Josh Willingham added a two-run shot among his two hits, and three RBI for Minnesota, which has won five straight games.

Jeff Gray (5-0) tossed two shutout innings of relief to register the win, while Glen Perkins fired a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his fourth save of the year.

"It seems like we're just going out and playing and not really worrying about the hole that we're in or anything like that," said Perkins. "The more we can win, the better off we'll be as we go along.

Brennan Boesch clobbered a solo shot among his three hits, and tallied three RBI for the Tigers, who have dropped the first two games of this series.

"It's bitter-sweet when you have a good game and your team losses," admitted Boesch. "You don't get to enjoy it as much but you get to build on it the next day."

With the game tied 6-6 after six innings, the Twins went ahead in the seventh.

Back-to-back doubles by Mauer and Willingham off Brayan Villarreal (3-2) to begin the frame put runners on second and third. After Justin Morneau was intentionally walked, Mauer scored on Doumit's sacrifice fly to center two batters later for a 7-6 Minnesota edge.

The Twins added an insurance run in the ninth on Mauer's opposite-field shot, which made it 8-6.

Earlier, Minnesota struck first in the opening frame on Willingham's sacrifice fly, but the Tigers responded by plating three in the second.

Prince Fielder led off with a single, and Alex Avila's base hit two batters later put runners on first and second with one away. Fielder crossed the plate on Ryan Raburn's double, while Boesch's single brought home Avila and Raburn for a 3-1 Tigers advantage.

The Twins, though, regained the lead after pushing across five two-out runs in the third. Ben Revere singled and advanced to third following a balk and wild pitch. Mauer then rolled a grounder to shortstop, but Ramon Santiago bobbled it as Revere crossed the plate.

Willingham followed and belted a two-run shot to left, and after Morneau singled, Trevor Plouffe hammered a two-run blast over the wall in left, giving Minnesota a 6-3 edge.

The Tigers, however, fought back and knotted the contest with a three-run fourth. Boesch whacked a solo homer to center, and after Santiago singled, Austin Jackson walloped a two-run blast into the seats in left-center, making it 6-6.

Game Notes

Minnesota was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base, while Detroit finished 2-for-4 with RISP and stranded three...Willingham's homer was his 18th of the year...The start of the game was delayed by 1 hour and 30 minutes due to rain.

NASCAR News
Larson hospitalized after fainting at autograph session

Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson was taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons after he fainted during an autograph session at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday.

Extra Points: Snyder and the Beltway radio wars

If contradiction was an Olympic sport, Chip Kelly would certainly be medal-worthy judging by his performance at the NFL's owners meeting but the Eagles coach might have to settle for silver because Daniel Snyder's critics will take the gold every time.

Cubs release Doubront

The Chicago Cubs granted pitcher Felix Doubront his unconditional release as the team continued to pair down its spring training roster on Saturday.

NHL moves quickly to fine Rangers' Glass

The NHL fined New York Rangers forward Tanner Glass for hitting Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid in the face with the butt end of his stick at the end of Saturday afternoon's game.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.