Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Tigers' slump continues with loss to Twins

Tigers' slump continues with loss to Twins

Detroit blew a 5-0 first-inning lead and trailed 11-6 in the seventh before mounting its comeback.

Twins starter Kyle Gibson allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings, departing one out before he was eligible for the win. The 23-year-old Puerto Rico native is trying to find some consistency in the second half and held San Diego to one run over seven innings in his previous turn. McCann's grand slam in the first put the Tigers on top 5-0. Mikie Mahtook homered in defeat. Justin Upton showed off some of that power Saturday with a walk-off two-run homer to give the Tigers a 12-11 win over the Twins.

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McCann doubled to open the fourth for Detroit and eventually scored when Iglesias hit into a forceout at second, pulling the Tigers within a run at 7-6. A solo home run by Tucker Barnhart in the seventh increased Cincinnati's lead to 11-9.

The pitching matchup tonight has Jose Berrios (10-5, 3.86 ERA) on the mound for Minnesota to face Jordan Zimmerman (7-9, 5.27) of the Tigers. Zimmermann was not almost as strong at Minnesota on July 22, when he was ripped for five runs on nine hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings. Joe Mauer also had three hits and drove in a pair of runs.

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METS 7, PHILLIES 6: At Philadelphia, Amed Rosario's first career homer broke a tie leading off the ninth inning, Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto also went deep and NY beat Philadelphia.

Shane Greene (3-2) pitched one inning for the win. Detroit (52-63) dropped 11 games under.500 with Friday's setback and has lost six of its last seven while allowing an average of seven runs in those losses.

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NOTES: Tigers 3B Nicholas Castellanos will begin taking fly balls in right field to see if that's a viable option for 2018, manager Brad Ausmus said. Detroit has still won six of the last 10 between these two. OF JIm Adduci was sent back to the Mud Hens. And considering the fact the Twins traded their closer Brandon Kintzler at the trade deadline, Detroit was confident going into the final frame.

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