FINAL: TIGERS 5, TWINS 3
Andrew Romine’s first career grand slam in the fourth inning erased a two-run deficit and lifted the Tigers over Minnesota on Wednesday afternoon, 5-3.
Michael Fulmer struggled through the first three innings, putting himself and his team in a 3-0 hole before finally settling. He turned in a 110-pitch performance over six innings, striking out seven and really strutting his stuff as he set down the final 10 batters he faced.
With Justin Wilson and Francisco Rodriguez unavailable, the bullpen was still able to get the job done. Kyle Ryan issued a leadoff walk in the seventh on four pitches, but he got out of the inning with two ground balls. Alex Wilson pitched a perfect seventh, and was summoned back to the mound in the ninth, where he got the first two batters with ease before issuing back-to-back walks to Jorge Polanco and Jason Castro. Wilson was still able to seal the deal despite the mounting pressure, getting Eduardo Escobar to fly out to center field to end the game.
The Tigers move to 6-2 on the young season, propelling themselves into sole possession of first place of the American League Central. Jordan Zimmermann gets the call tomorrow against Phil Hughes as the Tigers look to finish off a three-game sweep of the Twins.
Bottom 8th: Tigers 5, Twins 3
Craig Breslow came on to pitch the eighth for Minnesota and set the Tigers down in order.
Victor Martinez flew out to right field, Justin Upton struck out swinging and Tyler Collins struck out looking to end the frame.
Top 8th: Tigers 5, Twins 3
Alex Wilson got the call from the bullpen for the eighth inning and didn’t disappoint, setting Minnesota down in order and putting the Tigers three outs away from a victory.
Danny Santana flew out to center field, Brian Dozier fouled out and Max Kepler struck out…