might have been the grittiest player on a night where several were in contention after 16 innings.
second basemen fouled a ball off his protective cup in the 14th inning, only to follow it up on the next pitch with an RBI
single. He hit another run-scoring single in the 16th inning that put his team up for good in an 11-9 victory over the
on Friday night.
After fouling a pitch from R.A. Dickey into the dirt, Polanco went down when the ball bounced back and hit him. He needed
several minutes to recover and was visited by manager Jim Leyland and a team trainer behind the plate.
''It took an inning or two to finally be over it, for me to start feeling like 100 percent,'' Polanco said.
With runners on second and third in the 16th, Polanco lined a single through the left side of a drawn-in infield, scoring
with the go-ahead run.
added insurance runs for the Tigers.
The game lasted 5 hours and 7 minutes.
''We were here for so long that we really wanted to win the game,'' Polanco said. ''So, you don't really think how tired you
(1-0) blew a save in the 14th and allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the 16th, but held on for his second career win,
ending Minnesota's attempt at a third comeback.
''It's a really good win because it could have been a really tough loss,'' Leyland said. ''The guys hung in there. We kept
battling, and so did they.''
Dickey (1-1) took the loss for Minnesota, its first in four home games against the Tigers, and the Twins dropped four games
back of Detroit in the AL Central. But the game wasn't Minnesota's only loss of the night.
, who lasted just three innings for a second consecutive start, was placed on the 15-day DL after the game with a wrist strain.
was recalled to take Slowey's spot in the rotation, but will first pitch out of the bullpen.
Slowey allowed a season-high six runs in his worst outing since giving up six runs against the Tigers in Detroit on July 10,
2007. The right-hander has allowed at least three earned runs in four of his last five starts with a 7.54 ERA during that
But the Twins rebounded from a 7-2 deficit with a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by
's two-run triple. Span finished with a career-high five hits.
led off the big sixth frame with a solo home run off
, the 25th of his career against Detroit - his most against any team. Following a single, fielder's choice and walk, Span
hit consecutive triples to chase Miner.
added a sacrifice fly against Fu-Te Ni, giving Miner five earned runs allowed on four hits in two-thirds of an inning - his
worst outing since allowing four runs in one-third of an inning on June 3 against Boston.
From there, both bullpens stood tall.
Neither team scored a run until Polanco pushed a single up the middle off Dickey in the top of the 14th to give the Tigers
an 8-7 advantage. But the Twins came right back with a run in the bottom half of the frame on Cuddyer's RBI single. Minnesota
could've had runners on the corners with no outs following Cuddyer's hit, but
was thrown out at third base trying to advance when the ball ricocheted up the left-field line off third basemen
's glove. Instead, Minnesota had a runner on second with one out and Dolsi retired the next two batters.
''He thought he could get there and just got thrown out,'' Twins manager
said. ''Turns out, yeah, it's not a great baserunning play because he got thrown out.''
Dolsi - the last pitcher left in Detroit's bullpen - worked a season-high three innings in his fourth appearance of the year.
''He went out there in a tough situation,'' catcher
said. ''He gave up one and was able to settle down. He pitched through the heart of their lineup pretty much the whole time
he was in.''
Minnesota also emptied its bullpen, with just-recalled
throwing a team-high 3 2-3 innings. He allowed Laird's solo home run in the fourth before retiring nine straight.
was solid in his major league starting debut for Detroit with two runs allowed on six hits in 4 2-3 innings.
snapped an 11-game home run drought with a two-run shot off Slowey in the third inning, and
hit a two-run triple in the second frame for the Tigers.
was the designated hitter for the fifth time this season and finished with three hits, including a home run. Gardenhire said
that usual DH
was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game because of his .185 batting average against left-handers. ...
French had been solid for Triple-A Toledo before his recall, going 2-1 with a 1.66 ERA in his previous six starts. French
went 4-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 13 starts overall for the Mud Hens.