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Tigers Avoid Sweep With Ninth Inning Blast By Brandon Inge

The Tigers topped the Twins and Magglio Ordonez and Marcus Thames both took Johan Santana deep to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead this afternoon.  Mike Maroth gave up a sixth inning run that tied the game though and the game stood at 3-3 until the ninth inning.  Then Brandon Inge hit a huge ninth inning walk off homer off of Jesse Crain to win it in the ninth.

Inge had a really nice game and he went three for three with the solo homerun.  Ordonez had a double to go along with his two run homer and Craig Monroe got back to the Mendoza line with a two for four game. 

Mike Maroth threw a pretty good game but he didn’t get a decision.  He gave up three runs on nine hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.  Joel Zumaya bounced back from his two bad relief appearances and got through 1 1/3 innings unscathed (although he did walk two) and then Todd Jones won it with a shutout ninth.

Next up is the Orioles, who roll into town for a three game series tomorrow.  It’ll be Jeremy Bonderman against Danny Cabrera in the opener tomorrow.  Cabrera had his best start of the season and picked up his only win against the Tigers in Baltimore on April 9, 2007.

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