Detroit 7, Minnesota 3

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, July 5, 2012 1:05 PM
Location - Comerica Park
Temperature - 79°
Umpires - Home Plate - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Doug Eddings,
Attendance - 33350

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Minnesota 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 15 1
Detroit 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 7 9 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 35-47 17-25 18-22 L2
Detroit 41-42 19-20 22-22 W2


Tigers 7, Twins 3: Prince Fielder hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth after Miguel Cabrera tied it with an RBI single to lead host Detroit to a comeback win over Minnesota.

Leading 3-2 in the eighth, the Twins took starter Scott Diamond out and brought in Alex Burnett (2-1). Jackson sparked the rally with a one-out triple and scored the tying run on Cabrera’s single after Quintin Berry had drawn a walk.

Minnesota brought in rookie left-hander Tyler Robertson to face Fielder. The plan backfired as the All-Star slugger got a 1-0 breaking ball and slammed it into the right-field seats for a 6-3 lead.

Delmon Young made it back-to-back blasts and capped the five-run frame when his solo shot was held up upon review.

Jackson scored a pair of runs and recorded two hits to extend his hitting streak to 12 games for the Tigers, who earned a split of the four-game series.

The Twins had several opportunities to tack on runs but could not manage to pull away. Their best chance for a breakout may have come in the second, when two runners were cut down at the plate.

Minnesota recorded three runs and 12 hits off Detroit starter Rick Porcello but could not touch the Tigers bullpen. Octavio Dotel (2-2) got credit for the win after Darin Downs had struck out five in three scoreless frames.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The game was delayed one hour, 22 minutes at the start due to rain - the third straight game in the series delayed at the start. … Tigers C Gerald Laird took an elbow to the face from Fielder on a popped-up bunt in the fifth. He was down on the ground for a few moments but stayed in the game. Regular catcher Alex Avila had the day off. … Porcello was lifted after taking a line drive off his right side. … After recording 10 scoreless innings in the first two games of the series, the Minnesota bullpen was knocked around for eight runs in 4 2/3 innings the last two games.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Minnesota   Detroit
Scott Diamond Player Rick Porcello
No Decision W/L No Decision
7.0 IP 3.2
4 Strikeouts 0
5 Hits 12
2.57 ERA 7.36
Minnesota   Detroit
Brian DozierPlayer Delmon Young
3 Hits 2
1 RBI 1
0 HR 1
3 TB 5
.750 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Minnesota 15 0 16 .385 16 10 3 1 5 1
Detroit 9 2 19 .281 10 4 7 2 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Kansas City. The Tigers have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .605 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Texas. The Twins have a W/L % of .429 after a win and .426 after a loss.
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