Detroit, MI (WKZO) – The Tigers erased their largest deficit of the year but couldn’t complete the comeback as they lost 7-6 to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday afternoon.
Chris Herrmann doubled home Doug Bernier in the top of the half of the eighth to put the Twins back in the lead for good. Bruce Rondon took the loss for Detroit.
Entering their half of the sixth inning, the Tigers trailed 6-2 but after a Bryan Holaday’s RBI infield single cut the lead in half to 6-3, Austin Jackson connected on a three run blast to left field to tie the game at six.
Justin Verlander entered the game 9-0 since July 2010 against the Twins but was roughed up allowing six runs on 10 hits, but none were bigger than the three run blast by Ryan Doumit in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie. Verlander didn’t factor into the decision after going seven and striking out six and walking three.
Andrew Albers started for the Twins but also didn’t factor into the decision. Albers went 5 2/3 innings and was credited with five runs on nine hits, one walk and four strikeouts.
Glen Perkins got Victor Martinez to ground into a double play with two on in the bottom of the ninth to end the game and record his 30th save.
Holaday hit his first career home run in the third to tie the game at one. Jackson scored on a Prince Fielder single in the third to give the Tigers a brief 2-1 lead.
The Tigers will now head to New York to take on the Mets in Interleague play. First game of the series is on Friday night with Doug Fister (10-6, 3.63 ERA) getting the start. Carlos Torres (2-2, 3.00) makes his first start since July 23rd for the Mets. Coverage begins on 590 WKZO at 6:45 and first pitch is scheduled for 7:10.