Detroit, MI (WKZO) – Scott Diamond set down 11 Tigers in a row and didn’t allow a hit until Jhonny Peralta singled in the fifth inning as the Twins avoided a three game sweep while ending the Tigers’ five game winning streak, defeating Detroit 6-2 on Wednesday afternoon.
Diamond found a way to keep the Tigers offense at bay, holding the Tigers scoreless until the sixth inning when they were able to put up two runs on the board. Diamond only struck out three Tigers in six innings but allowed just four hits and one walk.
Taking the mound for Detroit for the first time since his record setting 17 strike out performance, Anibal Sanchez continued mowing down hitters early, fanning five Twins during the first two innings, but was touched up for three runs. Sanchez eventually settled in retiring the last 11 Twins he faced, but left after six innings with the Twins in the lead. All three runs Sanchez (3-2) allowed were earned and he finished with nine K’s.
Aaron Hicks doubled the Twins’ lead to 4-2 in the seventh, scoring on a Pedro Florimon single after tripling off Bruce Rondon. Rondon replaced Sanchez and struggled mightily, recording only one out and leaving with the bases loaded. Darrin Downs came in after Rondon and gave up a single to Morneau scoring one and increasing the Twins’ lead to 5-2, but got Ryan Doumit to ground into a double play to get out of the inning.
*Austin Jackson doubled with one out in the sixth and Torii Hunter followed with an RBI single, scoring Jackson for the first Tigers run. Miguel Cabrera recorded his 29th RBI after knocking in Hunter with a double, trimming the lead to 3-2.
*Jose Ortega made his 2013 Tiger debut with two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning. Ortega was recalled from Toledo after the Tigers placed Phil Coke on the 15 day DL. In Toledo, Ortega hadn’t allowed an earned run in 14 innings with 19 strike outs.
*The Twins were able to keep the first inning alive with two outs when Josh Willingham walked on a 3-2 pitch and was driven in after Justin Morneau roped a double into left field. Morneau was later brought in by Chris Parmelee but was nearly thrown out at the plate after Brayan Pena couldn’t hold onto the ball as he applied the tag to a sliding Morneau.
*With two down in the first, Miguel Cabrera was hit by a Diamond pitch on 1-2 count and Prince Fielder followed with a walk. But Victor Martinez flew out to center ending the inning.
*In the second inning with two down and a runner on first, Jamey Carroll doubled in a run putting the Twins ahead 3-0.
*After Jhonny Peralta broke up Diamond’s no hit bid he was thrown out at second on a failed hit and run attempt with Pena at the plate.
*Downs gave up a no doubt about it home run to Parmelee in the eighth inning, a solo shot, increasing the Twins’ lead to 6-2.
*Aaron Hicks was called safe at first on a fielder’s choice in the eighth, but replay showed he was out.
*Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder opened the ninth with back to back singles, but Victor Martinez grounded in a double play. Andy Dirks struck out to end the game.
Game Notes: The Tigers finished with just six hits...Despite the loss, the Tigers set an AL record as their pitchers combined for 10 or more strikeout's for the sixth straight game...Sanchez tossed 41 pitches in the first inning…Ramon Santiago made his first start since April 20 and went 0 for 3… Rondon has allowed runs in two of three appearances since being called up from Toledo…Andy Dirks pinch hit for Matt Tuiasosopo in the seventh…Tigers head to Houston for four games starting on Thursday night. Rick Porcello (1-2, 9.87 ERA) faces off against Jordan Lyles. Lyles is making his first start of the year and was 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA in 2012. Coverage beings at 740pm on 590 WKZO.