Crede lifts Twins to victory
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Crede's two-out grand slam in the 13th inning off a tired Brandon Lyon gave the Minnesota Twins a 14-10 victory over Detroit -- hours after Dontrelle Willis made his first start of the season for the Tigers.
Matt Tolbert's single that Josh Anderson tried to catch but trapped in left tied it at 10 against Lyon (1-3), who loaded the bases in his third inning before Crede's seventh career slam.
Curtis Granderson helped Detroit take a 10-9 lead in the top half of the 13th with a little trickery on the bases. The super-speedy Granderson 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.
Pinch-hitter Jason Kubel's first-pitch, two-run homer off hard-throwing Detroit reliever Joel Zumaya tied it at 9 in the eighth, and Crede almost ended it against Lyon in the 12th -- but that drive was caught by Granderson with his shoulder against the wall in center field.
Justin Morneau greeted Willis by smashing a two-run homer in the first, and Denard Span's two-run triple put the Twins ahead in the sixth before the Tigers scored four times in the eighth on homers by Miguel Cabrera and Jeff Larish. Cabrera's was a three-run shot, on the first pitch by Matt Guerrier.
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's been in the Tigers all season.