Radke only lasted three innings and the Tigers tagged him for four runs. Not to discriminate, the Tigers also knocked around Kyle Lohse for two runs on Curtis Granderson’s two run homer. Granderson’s having a great game. Two for two with a single, a homerun, three RBIs and two runs. Nate Robertson was cruising along, but as I’m typing this, Justin Morneau just took him deep for a two run shot. So it’s 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
Don’t look now, but Josh Rabe just took Nate Robertson deep for a two run shot, so it’s now just 6-4 in the bottom of the seventh. Then Jason Tyner got an infield hit, so there’s a man on first and nobody down. Joel Zumaya is just coming in to pitch.
Joel Zumaya got out of the inning, but Tyner scored. Zumaya gave up two pitches and then a sac. fly by Luis Castillo, and just like that, the Twins are down by only a run. It’d be nice to get a run or two here in the eighth.
Just what the doctor ordered. Dmitri Young hit a solo shot to left so it’s now 7-5. Marcus Thames followed that up with a single. Young’s two for three tonight, and since coming back from his leave, he’s 10 for 25 (.400) with three homeruns, six runs and seven RBIs in seven games.
Joel Zumaya gave up two singles in the eighth inning (including one to former Tiger Rondell White) but it got out of the jam by striking out Jason Kubel to end the inning. 7-5 heading into the ninth.
The Tigers added a run in the ninth on Magglio Ordonez’s sac. fly, but Todd Jones made things very interesting in the bottom of the ninth. Only one run scored to make it 8-6, but the winning run was at the plate. It was save number 29 for Jones and the Tigers won their 70th game of the season. If they finish the sweep tomorrow, they’ll have matched last year’s win total before the close of July.