Tigers 5, Twins 4
Tigers 5, Twins 4
Jul. 04, 1998
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Luis Gonzalez and Trey Beamon had two-out RBI singles in the 10th inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
Gonzalez singled off Eddie Guardado to score Damion Easley, who doubled off Dan Naulty (0-2). Beamon followed with a pinch-hit single to score Tony Clark, who was intentionally walked before Gonzalez's hit.
Doug Brocail (4-1) got three outs in the ninth, and Todd Jones pitched the 10th for his 13th save, allowing a run on Matt Lawton's RBI single.
Clark's RBI groundout gave Detroit a 3-2 lead in the eighth, but Minnesota tied it in the bottom half on Matt Lawton's RBI triple off Matt Anderson.
Gonzalez homered off Bob Tewksbury in the seventh to give Detroit a 2-0 lead. The Twins tied it in the bottom of the inning on Terry Steinbach's two-run homer off Frank Castillo.
The Tigers opened the scoring in the sixth on Damion Easley's RBI single.
Tewksbury gave up only two hits through the first five innings, both by Bobby Higginson. The first was a double that left fielder Alex Ochoa lost in the Metrodome ceiling in the first inning. Higginson also singled in the fourth and eighth innings.
The Twins didn't get their first hit until Ron Coomer's two-out single in the fourth. He went to second when Castillo walked Orlando Merced, but Ochoa grounded out to end the inning.
Notes: Detroit is 16-15 on the road since April 28. ... Tigers pitchers have allowed four or fewer runs in nine of 13 games. ... Minnesota's Marty Cordova, who sprained his right thumb Thursday night at Cincinnati, pinch hit in the eighth inning. He grounded out. ... Minnesota's Todd Walker, who had been in a 3-32 slump, had a single and a ground-rule double.