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Twins paw past Tigers
Tigers fall short in opener
Brandon Inge hit a solo homer in the third and Placido Polanco hit an RBI single in the sixth, but Detroit fell to Minnesota at the Metrodome. Mike Maroth gave up three runs through 6 1/3, and Chris Spurling and Jamie Walker each gave up a run in relief.
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Twins 7, Tigers 3
Justin Morneau hit his first career grand slam in the eighth inning Friday. (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)
Series at a glance:
Liriano earns first victory
Jacque Jones' sacrifice fly in the sixth knocked in Lew Ford with the go-ahead run and Justin Morneau launched a grand slam in the eighth to seal the deal. Francisco Liriano earned his first Major League win, holding the Tigers to two runs through seven innings.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 30, 2005
Detroit (71-89)
Lost 3
Minnesota 7, Detroit 3   MIN
Minnesota (81-79)
Won 1
September 30, 2005
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0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1   3 7 1
0 0 1 1 0 1 0 4 X   7 11 0
Standings through 9/30/05  |  Gameday  |  Tigers Stats  |  Twins Stats
Granderson, CF4120020.279
Polanco, 2B4011001.334
Shelton, 1B4010012.297
Ordonez, RF3011000.299
Monroe, LF4000021.277
Guillen, DH3000010.320
Inge, 3B3111000.261
Wilson, C3000010.203
Infante, SS2110010.222
a-Pena, PH1000010.237
McDonald, SS0000000.276

a-Struck out for Infante in the 8th.

2B: Granderson (6, Crain).
HR: Inge (16, 3rd inning off Liriano, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Granderson 3; Polanco; Shelton; Ordonez; Inge 4; Infante.
RBI: Inge (72), Polanco (56), Ordonez (46).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Monroe.
SF: Ordonez.
GIDP: Shelton.
Team LOB: 2.

E: Inge (23, throw).
Pickoffs: Maroth (Punto at 1st base).

Punto, 2B4010001.241
Rodriguez, 3B4011000.263
Ford, LF3220110.263
LeCroy, DH4131001.258
1-Tyner, PR-DH0100000.306
Jones, J, CF2111100.250
Cuddyer, RF4010014.263
Tiffee, 1B3000003.207
Morneau, 1B1114000.236
Heintz, C4000021.227
Bartlett, SS3110000.243

1-Ran for LeCroy in the 8th.

HR: LeCroy (16, 4th inning off Maroth, 0 on, 0 out), Morneau (22, 8th inning off Walker, 3 on, 2 out).
TB: Punto; Rodriguez; Ford 2; LeCroy 6; Jones, J; Cuddyer; Morneau 4; Bartlett.
RBI: Rodriguez (19), LeCroy (47), Jones, J (73), Morneau 4 (78).
2-out RBI: Morneau 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Heintz; Tiffee.
SF: Jones, J.
Team LOB: 4.

SB: Jones, J (13, 2nd base off Maroth/Wilson), Bartlett (4, 2nd base off Maroth/Wilson).
CS: Punto (8, 2nd base by Maroth/Wilson), Rodriguez (2, 2nd base by Maroth/Wilson).
PO: Punto (1st base by Maroth).

Outfield assists: Jones, J (Ordonez at 2nd base).
DP: (Rodriguez-Tiffee).

Maroth (L, 14-14)7.19441314.74
Spurling 0.11221003.44
Walker 0.11110113.70
Liriano (W, 1-2)7.05220815.70
Rincon (H, 24)1.00000102.47
Crain 1.02110002.39

IBB: Jones, J (by Spurling).
Pitches-strikes: Maroth 112-66, Spurling 10-4, Walker 5-4, Liriano 72-55, Rincon 14-8, Crain 20-12.
Ground outs-fly outs: Maroth 10-7, Spurling 0-1, Walker 0-0, Liriano 8-4, Rincon 1-1, Crain 2-1.
Batters faced: Maroth 30, Spurling 3, Walker 2, Liriano 24, Rincon 3, Crain 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Spurling 1-0, Walker 3-3.
Umpires: HP: Mike Everitt. 1B: Angel Hernandez. 2B: Greg Gibson. 3B: Tim McClelland.
Weather: 69 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:12.
Att: 18,725.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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