Cristian Guzman hit his first grand slam and drove in a
career-high six runs to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 14-5 victory
over Detroit on Sunday.
Minnesota won for just the second time in 10 games and snapped
Detroit's four-game winning streak.
The Tigers committed four errors and had two passed balls in the
game, helping the Twins rally from a 5-2 deficit with a seven-run
"It's always nice to survive a five-run inning, especially by
getting a seven-run inning of your own," Twins manager Tom Kelly
said. "This was a funny kind of game, and there were all kinds of
runs scored, but this time, we had more than they did."
Eric Milton (8-3) overcame three consecutive homers in Detroit's
five-run second inning to win his third straight decision. Milton
allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.
"You always are going to have bad innings and that was one of
them," Milton said. "After that, I didn't want to let them get
another run or baserunner or anything. I had to give the guys a
chance to pick me up."
Steve Sparks (5-3), coming off a three-hitter against the New
York Yankees, gave up seven runs -- five earned -- and nine hits in 5
2-3 innings. It was the first loss for the knuckleballer in 10
starts since April 24.
Guzman then hit a two-run double to make it a one-run game and
Doug Mientkiewicz followed with his 11th homer to give Minnesota a
"We were great until they had two outs," Tigers manager Phil
Garner said. "But we couldn't ever put them away."
The Twins added a run in the sixth with help from two passed
balls and a throwing error by Robert Fick.
Minnesota scored seven runs in the seventh -- highlighted by
Guzman's grand slam -- with help from four walks, an error and one
A.J. Pierzynski then hit a grounder up the middle. The ball,
shortstop Shane Halter, second baseman Damion Easley and Rivas all
arrived at second base at the same time. In the ensuing collision,
no one fielded the ball, allowing Mientkiewicz to score.
"It's been a long time since I have seen a play like that --
where everyone gets to the bag at the same time," Garner said.
Borkowski then walked the next two batters, forcing in a pair of
runs, before Guzman lined Borkowski's first pitch into the
right-field stands for his seventh homer.
"That was embarrassing," Borkowski said. "The grand slam is
something that will happen to anyone, but the walks were
ridiculous. My job is to get out of innings like that, and I just
made things worse."
After watching Borkowski's wildness, Guzman was ready for a
"He had just walked two guys, so I knew he had to throw a
strike on the first pitch," Guzman said. "I just made really good
contact. I'm not a home run hitter, but I knew that one was gone."
The Twins took a 2-0 lead off Sparks in the first. Hocking led
off with a double and scored when third baseman Jarrod Patterson
misplayed Guzman's grounder for an error. Guzman then scored on
Matt Lawton's single.
The Tigers jumped ahead with five runs in the second, including
their first back-to-back-to-back homers in more than nine years.
"I was leaving fastballs up, and they were hitting them out,"
Milton said. "After that, I realized I had to start throwing my
curve and changeup."
Brandon Inge broke the streak by walking on a 3-2 pitch. Inge
later scored on Easley's double, but had to leave the game with a
dislocated left shoulder after a collision at home plate with
Encarnacion's second-inning homer made him 2-for-22
lifetime against Milton, with both hits being homers. He singled
later in the game against Milton. ... Guzman extended his hitting
streak to a career-best 15 games. ... The Twins have given up three
straight homers three times in the last two seasons.