The Detroit Tigers overcame a 3- run deficit and two Josh Willingham home runs to take the Series opener with the Twins 7-6.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond had a quality start giving up only three runs in the first inning and left the game with a 5-2 lead in the 6th. Then the Minnesota bullpen did what they have done to the Twins over that last week or so, slowly giving up the lead. The loss extended the Twins losing streak to 9 games.
Miguel Cabrera continued his hot streak hitting yet another home run. His homer in the first inning was his 14th of the year and his 6th in four games.
Prince Fielder popped out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth innings but redeemed himself with two late RBI’s including the game winner in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Jose Valverde had a 1 -2 -3 inning in the top of the ninth to get the save. Save opportunities have been few and far between lately forcing Leyland to use Valverde in non-save situations to keep him fresh. That strategy seems to be working as Valverde looked sharp.
The series continues tomorrow at Comerica Park as Anibal Sanchez faces Samuel Deduno. Coverage starts at 7 on Fox Sports Detroit.