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Delmon Young had two hits, including the go-ahead single in the seventh against Detroit's bumbling bullpen, to lift the Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Tigers.
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Guerrier (3-7), Flores, Crain and Capps combined to allow one hit over 2 1/3 innings as the Twins scratched their way back from a 3-0 deficit.
"We all try to build off each other," Crain said. "Everyone out there, we've all been in hold situations, save situations. So we feel anytime we go out there we treat it the same way, as if it's the ninth inning."
Danny Valencia had three hits and an RBI and Brian Duensing gave up three unearned runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings for the Twins, who stayed four games ahead of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.
"Ugly game," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Kubel was hit on the left hand by Coke in the seventh. He was taken for X-rays, which showed no break. Fuentes's back locked up on him while warming in the bullpen and both players could miss a few days. Hudson has been battling an injured foot and Gardenhire said he would be re-evaluated on Wednesday.
Jhonny Peralta had three hits and an RBI for the Tigers, but struck out with the tying run at third base to end the game. Armando Galarraga gave up two runs on eight hits in six innings and left with a 3-2 lead before the Tigers bullpen faltered.
"Two walks, two hit batsmen in a one-run game against a good team, or any team, that just can't happen," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
The lefty Coke started the seventh inning and walked J.J. Hardy. Denard Span bunted him over and then Coke hit lefties Joe Mauer and Jason Kubel to load the bases. Manager Jim Leyland went to the righty Perry against Michael Cuddyer, who walked on four pitches to tie the game.
"I wasn't able to put it in the zone when I needed it," said Perry, whose Tigers fell 11 games behind Minnesota.
Young followed with a sharp single to right field for the lead, but the inning ended when Kubel was thrown out at home plate.
Duensing dropped his ERA to 2.04, giving up three unearned runs.
Hardy's throwing error in the first inning led to two unearned runs for the Tigers on singles by Peralta and Brandon Inge. Hudson then short-hopped a throw to Cuddyer at first base in the second inning, allowing Casper Wells to come around and score for a 3-0 lead.
Cuddyer certainly wasn't at fault for not scooping the throw, but it's a play that Justin Morneau, a natural first baseman, has made regularly over the years. But the All-Star first baseman has been out since the first week of July with a concussion, and he doesn't appear to be coming back anytime soon.
Doctors told the former AL MVP to stay home until Friday at least. Manager Ron Gardenhire said it was not a set back, but there is no denying that Morneau isn't much closer to returning than he was when he started taking swings at Target Field a few weeks ago.
The Twins also were without Jim Thome, who was given another day off to rest his stiff back. He is listed as day-to-day.
"We didn't play very well for about six or seven innings," Gardenhire said. "Nothing was happening good for us. We didn't play good defense. We didn't hit much. We stayed after the game and it got exciting there as we went along."
|Matt Capps celebrates his 33rd save of the season and seventh since joining Minnesota. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Austin Jackson, CF||5||1||0||0||0||1||4||.304|
|Will Rhymes, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||0||2||.320|
|Ryan Raburn, LF||5||0||0||0||0||0||4||.249|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||5||1||1||0||0||1||2||.340|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||5||0||3||1||0||1||1||.249|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.254|
|Johnny Damon, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.268|
|Casper Wells, RF||3||1||3||0||0||0||0||.375|
|a- Brennan Boesch, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Alex Avila, C||1||0||0||0||2||0||1||.215|
|a-grounded out for Wells in the 8th|
|2B - Casper Wells 2 (5, Duensing, Duensing)|
|RBI - Jhonny Peralta (62), Brandon Inge (54)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta (25), Brandon Inge (15)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Outfield Assists - Casper Wells 1|
|Phil Coke (H,15; L,7-4)||0.2||0||2||2||1||1||0||2.80|
|Ryan Perry (BS,2)||1.1||2||0||0||1||0||0||4.24|
|HBP - Mauer (by Phil Coke), Kubel (by Phil Coke)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 92-62, Phil Coke 19-9, Ryan Perry 17-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 7-9, Phil Coke 1-0, Ryan Perry 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 26, Phil Coke 5, Ryan Perry 5|
|Denard Span, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.270|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||3||2||.284|
|Joe Mauer, C||3||2||1||0||0||0||2||.327|
|Jason Kubel, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.257|
|Michael Cuddyer, 1B||3||1||1||2||1||0||0||.274|
|Delmon Young, DH-LF||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.307|
|Danny Valencia, 3B||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||.328|
|Jason Repko, LF-RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.222|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.259|
|Alexi Casilla, PR-SS||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.281|
|2B - Joe Mauer (41, Galarraga), Danny Valencia 2 (16, Galarraga, Galarraga)|
|SH - Denard Span (8)|
|RBI - Michael Cuddyer 2 (68), Delmon Young (92), Danny Valencia (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Cuddyer 2 (35), Delmon Young (38), Danny Valencia (10)|
|SB - Denard Span (20, 2nd base off Galarraga/Avila)|
|CS - Jason Repko (2, 2nd base by Perry/Avila)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - J.J. Hardy (7, Throwing), Orlando Hudson (7, Throwing)|
|Matt Guerrier (W,3-7)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.49|
|Randy Flores (H,6)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.89|
|Jesse Crain (H,16)||0.2||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.56|
|Matt Capps (S,33)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.55|
|HBP - Avila (by Brian Duensing)|
|WP - Matt Capps (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brian Duensing 103-63, Matt Guerrier 7-4, Randy Flores 4-2, Jesse Crain 10-6, Matt Capps 19-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Duensing 9-10, Randy Flores 1-0, Jesse Crain 1-0, Matt Capps 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Brian Duensing 32, Matt Guerrier 1, Randy Flores 1, Jesse Crain 3, Matt Capps 4|
|Attendance - 40186|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Rob Drake|