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Twins win slugfest on Crede's walk-off slam in 13th

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Crede thrust both arms in the air once the ball was safely in the seats, as much a sign of relief as celebration while he began his game-ending trot around the bases.

It took 13 innings, four hours and 48 minutes, but Crede's two-out, two-strike grand slam gave the Minnesota Twins a 14-10 victory against the Tigers just before midnight Wednesday -- long after Dontrelle Willis made his first start of the season for Detroit.

It has taken him about a month to get going, but Crede is feeling comfortable with his new team. He's hitting .237, but he's fitting in just fine.

"These guys have been great so far this year. It's going to be fun to see what this team can do," said Crede, who has 15 hits, 10 RBI and four home runs in his past 12 games.

This was his seventh career grand slam. He hit one in 2002 with the Chicago White Sox that ended a game, too.

"You always remember those," Crede said, smiling as he quickly recalled the details.

The middle innings of this game featured a flurry of back-and-forth rallies. Then both teams stopped hitting until the Twins mounted their final push. Matt Tolbert's single that Josh Anderson nearly caught but trapped in left field tied it at 10 against Brandon Lyon (1-3), whose walk to Michael Cuddyer loaded the bases before Crede came up.

Crede almost ended the game in the 12th against Lyon, but that drive was caught by Curtis Granderson with his shoulder against the wall in center field. Lyon threw 60 pitches over 2 2/3 innings.

"I think it just shows the character of this team," said Denard Span, who hit a two-run triple to give the Twins the lead in the sixth. "We do this once a week, it seems like."

The super-speedy Granderson helped Detroit take a 10-9 lead in the top half of the 13th with a little trickery on the bases. He tripled with one out before Jesse Crain (2-1) retired Placido Polanco on a flyball too shallow to score on.

With Anderson batting, Granderson faked a break for home as if he were going to steal. Crain flinched, and the right-hander brought his throwing hand out of his glove before starting his motion -- thus the balk call. Fans booed, but the Twins didn't argue.

Justin Morneau greeted Willis by smashing a two-run homer in the first, but the Tigers scored four times in the eighth on home runs by Miguel Cabrera and Jeff Larish. Cabrera's was a three-run shot, on the first pitch by Matt Guerrier. But pinch-hitter Jason Kubel's first-pitch, two-run homer off hard-throwing Joel Zumaya tied it at 9 in the bottom half.

The final decision didn't come until Crede's big hit about an hour later.

"Everybody needed that ... except maybe the other side," said manager Ron Gardenhire, as the noon start time for the series finale Thursday loomed.

"I've still got to pack," Span said.

Manager Jim Leyland, his voice rising with the cigarette smoke in his office before the game, declared Tuesday's 6-2 defeat the most disappointed he has been in the Tigers all season -- citing too many missed opportunities by his offense. He was worked up in the seventh inning, too, drawing an ejection after rushing to scream at plate umpire Paul Schrieber.

Leyland was in no mood to talk about that afterward.

"Did you see what happened? Then write what you saw. I don't have to say a word. You write what you saw," he said.

Four walks and two wild pitches contributed to five runs in 5 1/3 innings against Minnesota's Glen Perkins, who gave up struggling slugger Magglio Ordonez's second double of the season in front of a home run by Brandon Inge that put Detroit up 5-4 in the sixth.

"We hung in there," Inge said, adding: "That was a classic battle right there."

Willis gave up eight hits, four runs and two walks in 4 2/3 innings, but it was a decent start considering all he has come back from. He was sent to Class A last year to work on his control, and he had been on the disabled list this spring due to an anxiety disorder.

The lively lefty with the sharp, sweeping delivery looked like his usual self, bouncing around the mound between at-bats and pointing encouraging fingers toward his infielders. He nodded so many times, pumping himself up, he looked like a bobblehead doll.

"All in all I felt good. I really had a good time out there," Willis said.

Notes

  • Adam Everett hit a two-run, two-out single against Perkins in the fourth. With help from Ramon Santiago, the Tigers lead the league with 28 RBI from the SS position.
  • After finishing eight innings in each of his first three starts, Perkins hasn't pitched past the sixth in his past four turns.
 
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Four hours and 48 minutes after the first pitch, Joe Crede launches the final one into the seats.  (AP)
Four hours and 48 minutes after the first pitch, Joe Crede launches the final one into the seats. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

J. Crede
AB 7
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Detroit

B. Inge
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF6230101 .265
Placido Polanco, 2B5100124 .262
Clete Thomas, LF-RF7120011 .345
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4213211 .361
Magglio Ordonez, RF5110023 .239
    Josh Anderson, LF1000010 .316
Jeff Larish, DH3211211 .267
    Ryan Raburn, PR-DH1010000 .095
Brandon Inge, 3B5132112 .284
Adam Everett, SS6022013 .286
Dane Sardinha, C4000015 .077
   a- Gerald Laird, PH-C2000000 .202
Totals4910148711  
a-grounded out for Sardinha in the 10th
Batting
2B - Clete Thomas (2, Ayala), Magglio Ordonez (2, Perkins)
3B - Curtis Granderson (1, Crain)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (8, Guerrier), Jeff Larish (4, Guerrier), Brandon Inge (9, Perkins)
SH - Placido Polanco (2)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 3 (25), Jeff Larish (5), Brandon Inge 2 (22), Adam Everett 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Everett 2 (4)
SB - Curtis Granderson (5, 2nd base off Perkins/Redmond), Adam Everett (2, 2nd base off Ayala/Redmond)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Willis-Everett, Everett-Polanco-Cabrera
E - Miguel Cabrera (4, Missed catch of throw)
Detroit Tigers
Dontrelle Willis 4.2844201 7.71
Zach Miner 0.2122200 4.98
Bobby Seay (BS,2) 1111000 2.45
Joel Zumaya (BS,1) 2.2322031 2.08
Fernando Rodney 1000010 4.85
Brandon Lyon (L,1-3) 2.2455311 6.89
IBB - Morneau by Brandon Lyon
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 87-53, Zach Miner 23-9, Bobby Seay 17-15, Joel Zumaya 51-36, Fernando Rodney 17-11, Brandon Lyon 60-35
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 7-5, Zach Miner 2-0, Bobby Seay 2-1, Fernando Rodney 2-0, Brandon Lyon 5-2
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 22, Zach Miner 5, Bobby Seay 4, Joel Zumaya 11, Fernando Rodney 3, Brandon Lyon 15
Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, LF-CF5112121 .295
Matt Tolbert, 2B5222010 .231
Joe Mauer, DH5111200 .463
Justin Morneau, 1B6222112 .315
Michael Cuddyer, RF6120101 .275
Joe Crede, 3B7124003 .237
Brendan Harris, SS5230110 .309
Mike Redmond, C6120001 .250
Carlos Gomez, CF1101101 .214
   a- Jason Kubel, PH-LF3122000 .318
    Nick Punto, PR0100000 .200
Totals4914171475  
a-homered for Gomez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Tolbert (2, Willis), Brendan Harris (3, Lyon)
3B - Denard Span (2, Seay)
HR - Justin Morneau (9, Willis), Joe Crede (5, Lyon), Jason Kubel (5, Zumaya)
SF - Matt Tolbert (1), Carlos Gomez (1)
SH - Denard Span (2), Matt Tolbert (3)
RBI - Denard Span 2 (18), Matt Tolbert 2 (2), Joe Mauer (13), Justin Morneau 2 (28), Joe Crede 4 (13), Carlos Gomez (2), Jason Kubel 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Morneau 2 (6), Joe Crede 4 (8)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Nathan-Harris-Morneau, Tolbert-Morneau, Harris-Tolbert-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
Glen Perkins 5.1555441 4.27
Luis Ayala 0.2222100 5.63
Matt Guerrier (BS,1) 0.1222012 4.42
R.A. Dickey 1.2200120 4.50
Joe Nathan 1000110 1.38
Jose Mijares 2100020 2.89
Jesse Crain (W,2-1) 2211010 8.10
IBB - Cabrera by R.A. Dickey
WP - Glen Perkins 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Glen Perkins 83-50, Luis Ayala 17-9, Matt Guerrier 6-5, R.A. Dickey 24-12, Joe Nathan 11-5, Jose Mijares 22-15, Jesse Crain 25-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Glen Perkins 6-6, Luis Ayala 1-1, R.A. Dickey 2-1, Joe Nathan 1-0, Jose Mijares 3-0, Jesse Crain 3-1
Batters Faced - Glen Perkins 25, Luis Ayala 5, Matt Guerrier 3, R.A. Dickey 8, Joe Nathan 3, Jose Mijares 6, Jesse Crain 7
Game Information
Attendance - 22178
Game Time - 4:48
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano