Again, Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd gave his team a chance to win. And again, his team didn’t seize that opportunity.
Boyd didn’t pitch his best Friday night, but the game was tied when he left after seven innings. The Minnesota Twins (42-20) proceeded to score twice in the eighth, beating the Tigers, 6-3, at Comerica Park.
Boyd (5-4, 3.08 ERA) allowed three earned runs on nine hits and two wild pitches. He struck out eight and walked none.
The Tigers (23-37) lost control in the eighth, when set-up man Joe Jimenez allowed a leadoff home run to Nelson Cruz and an RBI single to Marwin Gonzalez.
The Tigers tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth, putting runners on second and third, but Dawel Lugo grounded out to end the threat.
Detroit put two runners on in the bottom of the ninth, but designated hitter Miguel Cabrera lined out to second base.
The Twins continue running away with the AL Central Division. The Tigers have lost 13 of their past 14 games at Comerica Park.
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No go, Joe
Jimenez (2-4, 5.11 ERA), trying to regain the trust of Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, didn’t help his cause Friday night.
Cruz’s homer came on a 95 mph inside fastball, traveling 357 feet to right field and hitting the first row of seats. Two batters later, C.J. Cron doubled to left, followed by Gonzalez’s hit.
Jimenez retired the next two batters, inducing a Jonathan Schoop flyout and striking out Willians Astudillo.
The Twins added another run in the ninth off Zac Reininger, before Daniel Stumpf got the final two outs.
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Cabrera went 3-for-5, with two singles and a double. In the fourth inning, he doubled down the left field line against Twins starter Michael Pineda. He then tagged up and advanced to third on Brandon Dixon’s fly to right-center, and scored on Ronny Rodriguez’s double, tying the game at 2-2.
Gardy’s gone, again…
Gardenhire’s night ended early. He was ejected in the third inning for arguing a balk call on Boyd. Gardenhire had a heated discussion with home plate umpire James Hoye before being tossed.
It was Gardenhire’s 81st career ejection and fourth this season.
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Published at Sat, 08 Jun 2019 02:45:32 +0000