|Detroit (41-34) «||4||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||7||13||1|
The Tigers hope their hard-throwing reliever will be able to pick it up again. Back in fearsome form following three consecutive injury-wrecked seasons, Zumaya is facing what likely will be his biggest challenge yet with a serious injury to his right elbow.
"It breaks your heart," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He's really worked his tail off to get back."
Brennan Boesch and Miguel Cabrera hit two-run doubles in the first off Liriano, who surrendered a season-high six runs in six-plus innings while the Tigers passed the Twins for a half-game lead in the AL Central.
That took the background to Zumaya's health, though, when the right-hander squirmed and winced around on the mound in obvious pain after throwing a pitch that Delmon Young fouled off with one out in the eighth inning.
"It's hard to see," said catcher Gerald Laird, whose home run in the top of the inning gave the Tigers an insurance run. "It was just like a little pop when he let it go."
Zumaya, who missed large chunks of the previous two seasons because of shoulder problems, was in so much discomfort his right thumb was shaking while the trainer checked him out. Wearing a sling on his arm, Zumaya declined to comment through a team spokesman.
Laird vowed his teammate would be back and told him as much in a postgame conversation.
"In seven, eight months you'll be throwing again," Laird said to Zumaya.
For now, though, the Tigers will most likely be without their intimidating setup man for the last half of the season. Leyland declined to speculate about the prognosis or the diagnosis, insisting on waiting until an MRI on Zumaya's elbow on Tuesday.
"I don't think it's good," Leyland said.
The room was library-quiet afterward.
"When you see a guy go out with that kind of pain, it's kind of a sinking feeling in your stomach," Boesch said.
Jose Valverde came in for Zumaya and got five consecutive outs for his 18th consecutive save, making a winner of Jeremy Bonderman (4-5) and moving the Tigers into first place for the first time since May 20. They were tied then with the sputtering Twins, who have led the division this season for all but a handful of days.
"It'll come. It's only June," Young said. "There's three months."
Minnesota fell to 10-15 in June, despite a home run and an RBI triple -- his first three-base hit in more than six years -- by Jim Thome. The Twins hit into three double plays and lead the majors with 88.
Liriano (6-6) lost his third consecutive start, the latest Twins starter to fail to stop the slide. Other than Carl Pavano, their rotation is reeling. They had plenty of opportunities against Bonderman, but that bedeviling double-play ball kept getting in the way.
Jason Kubel bounced into two of them. Thome tried his best to pick him up, blistering a ball off the right-field wall that ricocheted hard to the right on Boesch. It rolled far enough to let Thome -- balky back and all -- rumble all the way to third with a sliding triple while Bonderman watched in astonishment.
Young drove in Thome with a single, and two innings later the home run brought the Twins within 5-4.
"I didn't have any clue what I was doing tonight," said Bonderman, who allowed four runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Liriano regrouped nicely after the nightmare in the first, but this was only the third time in 15 starts this season he allowed more than three runs. Even in the home clubhouse, however, the thoughts were mostly with Zumaya.
"He's a nice young man, and he's a great pitcher. You hope everything works out for him," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
|Detroit grabs first but suffers bad news when reliever Joel Zumaya leaves with a serious arm injury. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Austin Jackson, CF||4||3||2||0||0||1||1||.310|
|Ramon Santiago, 2B||3||1||2||0||1||0||1||.267|
|Ryan Raburn, LF||5||1||2||2||0||1||2||.213|
|Don Kelly, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.213|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||4||1||2||2||1||2||3||.335|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||5||0||1||2||0||2||3||.335|
|Carlos Guillen, DH||4||0||1||0||1||1||2||.290|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||3||4||.258|
|Gerald Laird, C||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.192|
|Danny Worth, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.278|
|2B - Miguel Cabrera 2 (22, Liriano, Crain), Brennan Boesch (15, Liriano)|
|HR - Gerald Laird (2, Guerrier)|
|SH - Ramon Santiago (7)|
|RBI - Ryan Raburn 2 (16), Miguel Cabrera 2 (66), Brennan Boesch 2 (45), Gerald Laird (13)|
|SB - Austin Jackson (13, 2nd base off Liriano/Mauer), Danny Worth (1, 2nd base off Liriano/Mauer)|
|CS - Miguel Cabrera (3, 3rd base by Liriano/Mauer)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Brennan Boesch 1|
|DP - Santiago-Worth-Cabrera, Bonderman-Worth-Cabrera, Santiago-Worth-Cabrera|
|E - Phil Coke (1, Throwing)|
|Jeremy Bonderman (W,4-5)||5.1||9||4||4||3||0||1||4.36|
|Brad Thomas (H,2)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.46|
|Phil Coke (H,10)||0.2||2||1||0||0||1||0||2.84|
|Joel Zumaya (H,11)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.58|
|Jose Valverde (S,18)||1.2||0||0||0||0||3||0||0.53|
|HBP - Span (by Jeremy Bonderman)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 84-53, Brad Thomas 7-5, Phil Coke 19-13, Joel Zumaya 8-5, Jose Valverde 27-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 6-7, Brad Thomas 1-1, Joel Zumaya 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 26, Brad Thomas 2, Phil Coke 4, Joel Zumaya 2, Jose Valverde 5|
|Denard Span, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.275|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.288|
|Joe Mauer, C||3||0||0||1||1||0||1||.300|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||3||0||2||0||1||1||1||.350|
|Jason Kubel, RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.261|
|Michael Cuddyer, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.259|
|Jim Thome, DH||3||2||2||2||1||0||0||.252|
|Delmon Young, LF||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.297|
|Nick Punto, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.254|
|2B - Orlando Hudson (12, Bonderman)|
|3B - Jim Thome (1, Bonderman)|
|HR - Jim Thome (7, Bonderman)|
|SF - Joe Mauer (3)|
|RBI - Joe Mauer (34), Jason Kubel (42), Jim Thome 2 (21), Delmon Young (50)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Kubel (20)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Hudson-Punto-Morneau|
|E - Orlando Hudson (3, Missed catch of throw)|
|Francisco Liriano (L,6-6)||6||9||6||6||2||6||0||3.47|
|IBB - Guillen by Jesse Crain|
|HBP - Jackson (by Francisco Liriano)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Francisco Liriano 95-59, Matt Guerrier 31-23, Jesse Crain 23-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Francisco Liriano 9-2, Matt Guerrier 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Francisco Liriano 29, Matt Guerrier 9, Jesse Crain 5|
|Attendance - 40681|
|Game Time - 3:18|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|