Detroit, MI (WKZO) – The Minnesota Twins scored three runs in the first inning and the Tigers offense was held as the Twins ended their 10 game losing streak topping the Tigers 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.
Doug Fister pitched really well but struggled in the first when he gave up all three runs before settling down and allowing only four base runners over the next six innings striking out seven including the last batter he faced, Joe Mauer. Mauer went three for four off Fister including a solo home run for the Twins first run. The home run was reviewed by the umps and ruled that he carry over the right field wall for his third long ball of the year.
Following Mauer’s homer run, Josh Willingham walked and Justin Morneau’s double scored Willingham. Morneau then scored the Twins third run on a single by Chris Parmelee.
Making his season debut for the Twins, P.J. Walters shut down the Tigers bats allowing just two runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked only a single batter. Walters held the Tigers off the scoreboard until the fifth inning when Torii Hunter doubled in Andy Dirks from first for the Tigers first run and extending his hitting streak to six games. Jhonny Peralta continued his hitting hot streak as he added a solo home run in the sixth for the final run of the game.
The Tigers bullpen was solid as Phil Coke retired all three Twins he faced after replacing Luke Putkonen in the seventh after he gave up a single to start the inning. However, Ramon Ortega was charged with an error in the ninth after over throwing Prince Fielder on a pickoff attempt on Pedro Florimon. Florimon advanced to third on the error but was stranded.
Glen Perkins recorded the save for the Twins in but did allow a single in Brayan Pena. Pena had three hits. Miguel Cabrera went one for four.
The loss for the Tigers ended their five game winning streak.
Game Notes: Ron Gardenhire was ejected from the game in the third inning after arguing an interference call by second base umpire Joe West…Wilkin Ramirez was involved in a collision with Josh Willingham. Ramirez walked off the field under his own power after lying on the ground for five minutes but did not return to the game. Aaron Hicks replaced Ramirez…Doug Fister hit his league leading 11th batter. With Fisters’s one walk he has now a total of 10 this year… Chris Colarbello recorded his major league hit in the top of the sixth. Chris Parmelee followed with a grounder to Omar Infante who started the 4-6-3 double play…Tigers still lead the AL Central by a half game over the Indians…Max Scherzer (6-0, 3.61 ERA) takes the mound on Sunday afternoon for the Tigers. Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 6.69) gets the nod for the Twins. Coverage beings at 12:40 on 590 WKZO.