Detroit, MI (WKZO) – Despite out hitting the Minnesota Twins the Tigers lost on Tuesday night 6-3 in the first game of a three game series with the Twins.
After the first three innings went scoreless, the Twins finally got on the board in the fourth inning with three runs. Justin Morneau broke the scoreless tie, blasting his 15th home run of the year into the right fielder bleachers with a runner on for the 2-0 lead. After former Tiger Wilkin Ramirez reached on an infield single, Trevor Plouffe doubled down the left field line increasing the lead to 3-0.
Prince Fielder belted his 20th home run in the next half inning, cutting the lead to 3-1. Fielder has now hit three home runs in six games after not going yard in his previous 19 games and has reached 20 home runs in eight straight seasons. Fielder later drove in the Tigers second run on a ground out, scoring Torii Hunter from third after he tripled to start the sixth for Detroit.
Morneau added two more runs for the Twins with a bases loaded double in the fifth, lifting their lead to 5-1. Pedro Florimon connected on a solo home run for the Twins sixth run in the sixth inning.
Austin Jackson singled home Brayan Pena for the Tigers third run in the seventh.
Rick Porcello had his shortest outing since June 25th, allowing five runs on seven and two walks, but did strike out six over 4 1/3 innings. Porcello’s record dropped to 9-7 with the loss.
Mike Pelfrey went 6 2/3 innings for the Twins while picking up his fifth win of the year. Pelfrey allowed all three runs to Detroit on seven hits and one walk and struck out two. Glen Perkins struck out Miguel Cabrera with runners on first and second to end the game and record his 29th save of the year.
The Tigers and Twins play the middle game of the series on Wednesday night. Anibal Sanchez (11-7, 2.50 ERA) takes the mound against Kevin Correia (8-9, 4.61)