Twins top Tigers 3-1

Last Sunday, Jason Johnson got the best of Terry Mulholland. On Monday night, Mulholland got his revenge as a three-run 7th inning gave Mulholland all the support he needed, then handed it over to the Twins bullpen who held onto the lead despite a late threat by the Tigers to win the first game of the mini 2-game series.

Jason Johnson gave the Tigers another good outing, unfortunately, it wasn't as good as his last one, when he 2-hit the Minnesota Twins in the Metrodome. This time around, Johnson allowed 3 runs on 7 hits in 8 innings of work. All three runs came in the 7th inning, when a pair of doubles got the Twins going.

Mulholland on the other hand was able to work out of his jam in the 5th inning - when the Tigers had the bases loaded with nobody out. Mulholland was able to escape with only one run allowed. For the game he went 6 2/3 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 4. He then handed the game over to the Minnesota bullpen, who had a late scare but came away with a victory nonetheless.

In the 9th inning, Joe Nathan walked Ivan Rodriguez, before allowing a double to Carlos Guillen to put the tying run into scoring position. Unfortunately, Rondell White grounded out to end the threat, and the game.

Despite the groundout, White did have 2 hits for the Tigers. 3B Eric Munson also drove in the Tigers lone run, on an RBI groundout.

The star at the plate for Minnesota was Jose Offerman, who had a 2-out, 2-run pinch hit single that proved to be the game-winning runs.

The Tigers face off against the Twins on Tuesday night again, to close out the short series. Kyle Lohse faces Jeremy Bonderman in the 7:05pm game. Fox Sports Detroit will televise the game.


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