American League Game Summary - Detroit at Minnesota|
(Friday, June 14th)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Minnesota 0
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Rick Porcello tossed seven strong innings
and Prince Fielder hit a two-run double to help the Detroit Tigers take a 4-0
win over the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game set.
Porcello (4-3) gave up just three hits without a walk while striking out five
to pick up his second straight win for the Tigers, who have won six of eight.
Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta each hit an RBI double in the win.
Scott Diamond (4-6) dropped his second straight start after giving up four
runs on five hits and a pair of walks over 5 2/3 innings for the Twins, who
have lost four of six.
Detroit didn't get a runner past second until the sixth inning when it went
ahead with four runs.
Austin Jackson walked with one out and, after Torii Hunter grounded out,
Miguel Cabrera was issued an intentional walk. Fielder doubled home both
runners and scored when Martinez followed with a double. Peralta then hit a
two-bagger for a 4-0 lead.
"Prince Fielder has done a very good job of coming through in those
situations," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
Porcello only allowed two batters to reach second base in his outing, the last
time occurring on a ground-rule double from Oswaldo Arcia with one out in the
fifth. He then retired the next two batters and set the Twins down in order in
the sixth and seventh innings before stepping off the mound.
Drew Smyly took the hill in the eighth and allowed a one-out walk to Clete
Thomas before Brian Dozier was allowed to take first base after a catcher's
Detroit then called upon Joaquin Benoit and he put out the fire as he struck
out Pedro Florimon and got Chris Parmelee to ground out to end the frame.
Jose Valverde came on the mound to close things out in the ninth and walked
Joe Mauer to start the frame, but then got Ryan Doumit to hit into a 6-4-3
double play. Valverde hit Josh Willingham with a pitch to keep the game going,
but got Justin Morneau to look at strike three and end the game.
"It was a tough night," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We didn't do much
offensively. Porcello was tough. Diamond matched him for a long time, but
then walked a guy in the sixth and got us in that awful situation where he had
to walk a guy and didn't work out too well with three doubles in a row."
Former closer Eddie Guardado and former director of public relations Tom Mee
were officially inducted into the Twins' Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony
... Detroit activated Jackson off the disabled list prior to the game and
optioned outfielder Avisail Garcia to Toledo ... Detroit has won seven of the
11 games against Minnesota this season.
06/15 02:29:04 ET