Detroit 4, Minnesota 3

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, May 27, 2012 2:10 PM
Location - Target Field
Temperature - 85°
Umpires - Home Plate - Larry Vanover, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Alan Porter,
Attendance - 38710

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Detroit 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 12 1
Minnesota 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 12 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 23-24 11-12 12-12 W3
Minnesota 15-32 6-17 9-15 L5

Recap

Tigers 4, Twins 3: Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run off Twins closer Matt Capps in the ninth inning to lift visiting Detroit to a three-game sweep at Target Field.

The Tigers have won three straight for the first time since April 15-18, when they followed a win against the White Sox with a three-game sweep at Kansas City. Minnesota, which has the worst record in baseball, has lost five straight.

Jose Valverde did what Capps couldn't, getting Justin Morneau to fly out with the tying run at second and the winning run at first for his ninth save. Valverde stranded the tying run at second in the ninth after a leadoff bunt single and stolen base by Denard Span.

Brayan Villarreal (1-1) recorded two outs in the eighth for the win.

Tigers starter Rick Porcello kept the Twins off the board until the fourth, when Alexi Casilla's infield single scored Ryan Doumit. Mauer's RBI double tied it at 2-2 in the fifth, and Willingham followed with an RBI single to give the Twins the lead.

Capps (0-3) couldn't hold the lead, though, as Quintin Berry led off the ninth with a single and stole second, and Cabrera blasted an 0-2 fastball to center for his ninth home run.

Berry also made a leaping catch in center to rob Jamey Carroll and end the eighth, preventing the Twins from adding an insurance run.

Twins starter P.J. Walters allowed a pair of runs in the first inning but settled in to hold the Tigers scoreless for the remainder of his six innings, allowing seven hits and five walks. He has posted four consecutive quality starts. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Tigers had lost Porcello's last three starts. … Mauer went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to seven games and is 12-for-28 (.429) during the streak. … The Tigers have won 11 of their last 13 games at Target Field.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Detroit   Minnesota
Rick Porcello Player P.J. Walters
No Decision W/L No Decision
6.0 IP 6.0
2 Strikeouts 4
9 Hits 7
4.50 ERA 3.00
Hitting
Detroit   Minnesota
Quintin Berry Player Alexi Casilla
3 Hits 3
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
3 TB 5
.750 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Detroit 12 1 16 .353 24 6 3 5 3 1
Minnesota 12 0 16 .333 21 3 3 4 3 0

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Oakland. The Twins have a W/L % of .267 after a win and .344 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Tigers have a W/L % of .364 after a win and .600 after a loss.