thrust both arms in the air once the ball was safely in the seats, as much a sign of relief as celebration while he began
his game-ending trot around the bases.
It took 13 innings, four hours and 48 minutes, but Crede's two-out, two-strike grand slam gave the
a 14-10 victory over the Tigers just before midnight Wednesday - long after
made his first start of the season for Detroit.
It has taken him about a month to get going, but Crede is feeling comfortable with his new team. He's hitting .237, but he's
fitting in just fine.
''These guys have been great so far this year. It's going to be fun to see what this team can do,'' said Crede, who has 15
hits, 10 RBIs and four homers in his last 12 games.
This was his seventh career grand slam. He hit one in 2002 with the
Chicago White Sox
that ended a game, too.
''You always remember those,'' Crede said, smiling as he quickly recalled the details.
The middle innings of this game featured a flurry of back-and-forth rallies. Then both teams stopped hitting until the Twins
mounted their final push.
's single that
nearly caught but trapped in left field tied it at 10 against
(1-3), who walked
to load the bases before Crede came up.
Crede almost ended the game in the 12th against Lyon, but that drive was caught by
with his shoulder against the wall in center field. Lyon threw 60 pitches over 2 2-3 innings.
''I think it just shows the character of this team,'' said
, who hit a two-run triple to give the Twins the lead in the sixth. ''We do this once a week, it seems like.''
The super-speedy Granderson helped Detroit take a 10-9 lead in the top half of the 13th with a little trickery on the bases.
He tripled with one out before
on a flyball too shallow to score on.
With Anderson batting, Granderson faked a break for home as if he were going to steal. Crain flinched, and the right-hander
brought his throwing hand out of his glove before starting his motion - thus the balk call. Fans booed, but the Twins didn't
greeted Willis by smashing a two-run homer in the first, but the Tigers scored four times in the eighth on homers by
. Cabrera's was a three-run shot, on the first pitch by
. But pinch-hitter
's first-pitch, two-run homer off hard-throwing
tied it at 9 in the bottom half.
The final decision didn't come until Crede's big hit about an hour later.
''Everybody needed that ... except maybe the other side,'' said manager
, as Thursday's noon start time loomed.
''I've still got to pack,'' Span said.
Manager Jim Leyland, his voice rising with the cigarette smoke in his office before the game, declared Tuesday's 6-2 defeat
the most disappointed he's been in the Tigers all season - citing too many missed opportunities by his offense. He was worked
up in the seventh inning, too, drawing an ejection after rushing to scream at plate umpire Paul Schrieber.
Leyland was in no mood to talk about that afterward.
''Did you see what happened? Then write what you saw. I don't have to say a word. You write what you saw,'' he said.
Four walks and two wild pitches contributed to five runs in 5 1-3 innings against Minnesota's
, who gave up struggling slugger
's second double of the season in front of a homer by
that put Detroit up 5-4 in the sixth.
''We hung in there,'' Inge said, adding: ''That was a classic battle right there.''
Willis gave up eight hits, four runs and two walks in 4 2-3 innings, but it was a decent start considering all he's come back
from. He was sent to Class A last year to work on his control, and he had been on the disabled list this spring due to an
The lively lefty with the sharp, sweeping delivery looked like his usual self, bouncing around the mound between at-bats and
pointing encouraging fingers toward his infielders. He nodded so many times, pumping himself up, he looked like a bobblehead
''All in all I felt good. I really had a good time out there,'' Willis said.
hit a two-run, two-out single against Perkins in the fourth. With help from
, the Tigers lead the league with 28 RBIs from the SS position. ... After finishing eight innings in each of his first three
starts, Perkins hasn't pitched past the sixth in his last four turns.