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Twins score three in 9th off K-Rod, Tigers drop series with 4-1 loss

The Detroit Tigers looked to get the series win over the Central division foe, Minnesota Twins, Wednesday afternoon. Justin Verlander was on the mound for the Tigers and looked to continue his stellar 2016 campaign.

Detroit got eight strong innings from JV, but a rare clunker from closer Francisco Rodriguez cost the Tigers a series win. The Twins scored three in the 9th and go on to win 4-1, taking the series at Comerica.


INNINGS 1 – 3

After retiring the lead-off batter, Justin Verlander surrendered a solo home run to Joe Mauer, who got the Minnesota Twins on the board first. Ian Kinsler tied the game up with a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the first inning.

Nothing else doing for either team in the 2nd and 3rd innings. The only other base runner for both teams combined was a lead-off single from Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki in the 3rd. Verlander had three strikeouts to this point.
(THRU 3: TIED 1-1)


INNINGS 4 – 6

Minnesota got a man on base in the 4th inning, but left him stranded. Verlander racked up three K’s in the inning. The Tigers got a base runner of their own in their half of the fourth, but left him stranded as well.

Both offenses went 1-2-3 in the 5th inning. Verlander set down the Twins in order with an eight-pitch 6th inning. Andrew Romine led off the bottom of the 6th with a walk. Kinsler reached base safely on a bunt down the third base line, giving the Tigers two runners on base, with no outs. However, Cameron Maybin hit into a double play and then Mauer then made a great play in foul territory off the bat of Miguel Cabrera to end the threat.
(THRU 6: TIED 1-1)


INNINGS 7 – 9

Verlander led off the 7th inning by clipping Brian Dozier on the elbow with a pitch inside. JV then struck out the next two Minnesota batters, followed by a pop fly out to end the inning. Nick Castellanos got a base hit up the middle with one out. Mike Aviles then doubled with two outs to put runners on second and third, but James McCann popped out to center field to end the inning.

The Twins got a base runner in the 8th inning and it looked like it spelled the end of Justin Verlander’s afternoon. Verlander gave manager Brad Ausmus quite the stare down with his manager as he made his way to the mound. Ausmus decided to stay with the right-hander and let him try to get through eight strong innings of work. Verlander got a ground ball off the bat of Mauer to end the 8th.

Romine singled to lead off the bottom of the 8th for the Tigers after a 10-pitch at-bat. After a strikeout of Kinsler and a fly out from Maybin, Cabrera singled to put runners on first and second and set up Victor Martinez, took the first offering from Ryan Pressly to the left center field gap, but outfielder Eddie Rosario made the catch to end the inning, leaving two runners stranded on base for Detroit.

Francisco Rodriguez would take over for Verlander entering the 9th inning for the Tigers. After retiring the first two batters of the inning, Max Kepler hit a laser of a home run to right field off K-Rod to put the Twins up by a run, 2-1. The aforementioned Rosario added to the lead with a two-run home run two batters. Shane Greene replaced Rodriguez and got a ground ball out to end the inning but the damage was already done.

In the bottom of the 9th, Detroit got one-out singles from Justin Upton and Mike Aviles but a strikeout of Jarrod Saltalamacchia and a fly out off the bat of Romine sealed a victory and series win for the Twins.
(FINAL – MIN 4, DET 1)


ADDITIONAL GAME NOTES

  • Justin Verlander is 86-46 career at Comerica Park. It makes him the third active pitcher to have a record that is 40-games or more over the .500 mark in a single venue. The other two pitchers are Clayton Kershaw (Dodger Stadium) and Jered Weaver (Angel Stadium).

UP NEXT

The Tigers hit the road for seven straight beginning of Thursday, with stops on the south side of Chicago and in Boston. They’ll begin a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox beginning tomorrow night when Mike Pelfrey takes the bump.

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