Five-run eighth inning carries Detroit to victoryMinnesota Sports
-- The Twins squandered too many scoring chances and allowed the home-standing Detroit Tigers to score six runs in a decisive eighth inning as Minnesota fell 7-3 in the Motor City yesterday.
DETROIT - The Twins squandered too many scoring chances and allowed the home-standing Detroit Tigers to score six runs in a decisive eighth inning as Minnesota fell 7-3 in the Motor City yesterday.
The Twins jumped out to a 3-0 lead early, but had three runners gunned down at home and another thrown out at third base, not fully taking advantage of their 14 hits. Prince Fielder's three-run homer gave Detroit a 6-3 lead in the eighth. The loss spoiled another good effort for Minnesota starter Scott Diamond, who worked seven innings of one-run ball and threw only 91 pitches. Yet, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire went to the bullpen to lead off the eighth inning and Detroit cashed in.
Minnesota is at Texas to start a three-game weekend series tonight.
The Twins have called up pitcher Sam Deduno from Class AAA Rochester and is scheduled to start tomorrow's game against the defending American League champion Texas Rangers. Deduno is 1-and-2 with a 2.14 earned run average in nine starts with the Red Wings this season. He has thrown 42 innings and struck out 46 batters. He will wear uniform No. 21 tomorrow night. To make room for the additional starting pitcher, the Twins sent first baseman Chris Parmelee back to Rochester.