May 25, 2012 at 10:35 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (KNSI)- Each team tallied at least two multi-run innings at Target Field on Friday night and combined to score 16 runs, but the Minnesota Twins could not match the Detroit Tigers in a 10-6 loss to begin their home-stand.
The Twins took a 2-0 lead in the first, but starter Anthony Swarzak promptly allowed four runs to the visitors from Detroit in the top of the fourth. Brennan Boesch notched an RBI double while Alex Avila brought home two more with a double of his own. The pair of two-baggers were the first of six doubles for the Tigers on the night.
Swarzak lasted into the fourth inning, making his first start since being sent to the bull-pen in mid-April. The right-hander allowed six runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out three. Francisco Liriano, another starter turned reliever fared no better, allowing four runs in two and two thirds innings of relief. Jeff Gray, Glen Perkins and Matt Capps did combine to shut out the Tigers for the final two plus innings.
Trailing 6-2 into the bottom of the fourth, the Twins manufactured a third tally with a Trevor Plouffe double and eventually a Jamey Carroll sacrifice fly. The second multi-run inning for Minnesota came in the sixth when they scored two runs thanks to a pair of hits and a Detroit error. The Twins tacked on another run in the bottom of the seventh, but only after the Tigers had scored three in the top half. Minnesota did not threaten in their final two at bats.
A pair of late ejections gave the crowd at Target Field plenty to buzz about in spite of the score. After being called out on a close play at first in the bottom of the eighth, Carroll was quickly ejected by first base umpire Alan Porter. Manager Ron Gardenhire ran to the defense of his player, eventually getting tossed from the game as well. The ejection was the first of Jamey Carroll's career.
With the victory Detroit moves to 21-24, while the loss drops the Twins to 15-30. The series continues Saturday as the Twins Carl Pavano(2-3, 4.91) will square off with Max Scherzer(3-3, 5.73) of the Tigers. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10.
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