Minnesota Twins 9, Detroit Tigers 4
WP: Ryan Pressley (2-2)
LP: Anibal Sanchez (3-3)
The Detroit Tigers drew first blood when Mikie Mahtook jacked a solo shot to left in the bottom of the first to give the Tigers a quick 1-0 lead.
The offense then stalled out for both teams for 3 innings, until Eddie Rosario hit a home run of his own in the 4th. Joe Mauer and Miguel Sanó came around to score on the dinger, making it 3-1 Twins. The very next inning, Max Kepler would launch one over the wall in right with a runner on to make it 5-1.
The Tigers would respond in the bottom of the 5th, when Jose Iglesias doubled in Andrew Romine. Justin Upton then singled in Iglesias to bring the Detroit Tigers within 2, 5-3.
The Twins would strike back in the 7th, scoring 2 runs off of a Brian Dozier triple that scored Jason Castro. Max Kepler would then single in Dozier.
The Tigers would get a run back in the bottom of the 7th on an Upton single that brought in Ian Kinsler, but it was too late. Joe Mauer would chip in a bases-loaded single in the 9th, scoring two. That would be the last of the offense, leaving us at our final score, 9-4 Twins.
On a pitching note, Anibal Sanchez started the game for the Detroit Tigers, going 6 innings and giving up 5 ER on 6 hits with 6 strikeouts and no walks.. His opponent for Minnesota was Kyle Gibson, who went only 4.2 innings, making him ineligible to receive a win. He did finish with 6 strikeouts, but gave up 3 runs on 5 hits.
Detroit will battle the Twins in Game 2 of the 3-game series against Minnesota. Taking the mound for the Tigers will be Jordan Zimmermann (7-9, 5.27 ERA). He will face the starter for the Twins, Jose Berrios (10-5, 3.86 ERA).
Photo Cred/Kirthmon Dozier-Detroit Free Press
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