Twins edge Tigers in extra innings, 5-4

If the Tigers have any hope of making a push for the division crown, these are the types of games that they need to win. Unfortunately, the Tigers fell Monday, and kept it close again on Tuesday, but came up on the short end of the stick, dropping 2 games to the Minnesota Twins, who used the games to springboard themselves back on the winning track.

Jeremy Bonderman had another mediocre start for the Tigers, continuing his path of ending up with decent numbers, but throwing a few pitches that just makes one wonder.

Bonderman ended up going 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits. He also struck out 5 batters.

Twins starter Kyle Lohse wasn't any better though, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits in just 5 innings of work.

But once again, the bullpens made the difference. J.C. Romero, Grant Balfour and Joe Nathan combined to pitch 5 shutout innings, while Ugueth Urbina allowed a run in the top of the 10th, which proved to be the difference.

At the plate, Craig Monroe went 2-for-4 with a Home Run (just his 4th of the year) with 2 RBI. Dmitri Young and Jason Smith also each had 2 hits apiece.

Jacque Jones was the star for the Twins, as he had a solo Home Run off Bonderman, and a sacrifice fly in the 10th to drive in the winning run.

The Tigers will try and make up for the two losses on Wednesday and Thursday with another short series, this time with the Kansas City Royals. Mike Maroth will face Derrick May at 7:05pm on Wednesday.

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