It's just never easy, is it? Why even bother thinking it could be?
The Tigers built a 5-0 lead behind two-run doubles from Magglio Ordonez and Brandon Inge, and a fierce effort from Justin Verlander. But you knew the Twins had a rally in them. Because they never go away. Minnesota chipped away at the lead with two runs in the sixth and eighth innings.
Curtis Granderson restored a two-run cushion with a leadoff homer. He ended up giving that run back, however, by badly misjudging a Nick Punto drive to left-center field. The ball went over Grandy's head, driving in Delmon Young. But Fernando Rodney got Denard Span to fly out to left field to close out a win the Tigers badly needed.
Detroit restores its two-game lead in the AL Central, and reduces its magic number to four. Tiger Town finds balance and relief. For tonight, anyway.
Tigers win, 6-5! Full recap tomorrow. It's been a long day. But for now, enjoy the afterglow!