Morneau's magic lifts Twins to victory
Slugger hits game-winning home run in 11th inning
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
DETROIT -- Following an emotionally draining series in Boston where every break seemed to go against Minnesota, it might have been easy for the Twins to feel like the same thing was happening to them again Thursday afternoon.
A five-run inning by their starter put the club in an early hole in the series opener against the Tigers and, from there, the signs almost pointed to things going awry once again.
The team saw a Detroit hitter walk on three pitches. It watched as one of its own baserunners was ruled out while trying to steal -- when replays appeared to show that he had never been tagged.
And, well, even a potential home run by Justin Morneau in the eighth inning was ruled to have bounced off the yellow line for a double in the deepest part of the ballpark.
"You just thought it was going to be one of those nutty days like we had in Boston," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's like, 'Oh no, not again.'"
But instead of seeing yet another game slip away, Minnesota showed more of that pluckiness that helped it to pull off an unbelievable recent stretch of 18 wins in 21 games.