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Redman rocked, Tigers swept
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 8      2   Final
09/11/2002 3:30 pm ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Tigers 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 0
 Twins 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 8 8 0
Redman rocked, Tigers swept
Detroit drops fourth straight, seventh of last eight
By Todd Lorenz / MLB.com

Damian Jackson stands during Wednesday's pregame ceremony recognizing the events of last Sept. 11, (AP)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mark Redman was roughed up for eight runs and six hits in just 1 2/3 innings Wednesday afternoon as the Tigers were pounded by the Twins 8-2 at the Metrodome.

Redman (8-15) started the game against his former team by walking leadoff hitter Jacque Jones. Cristian Guzman followed and began the scoring barrage by belting Redman’s second offering into the left-field seats, putting the Tigers in a 2-0 hole.

The next batter, Corey Koskie, followed with a triple, but Redman managed to avoid further trouble by producing a foulout and, after hitting a batter, getting Doug Mientkiewicz to ground into an inning-ending double play.

But Redman wouldn’t get so lucky in the second.

Things started off well when he got Dustan Mohr to strike out swinging. But three singles, two walks and a three-run double later, Redman was on his way to the showers.

Knuckleballer Steve Sparks came on and allowed the sixth run of the inning to score on Mientkiewicz’s single to center. It was Sparks’ first relief appearance since being taken out of the starting rotation after a Sept. 5 loss to the Yankees.

The Mientkiewicz single was the only hit Sparks allowed in his 4 1/3 innings of work, but the damage had already been done.

The Tigers’ lone runs came on Carlos Peña’s 17th home run of the season, coming in the fifth off winner Brad Radke (8-4), and George Lombard’s solo shot off Mike Jackson to lead off the ninth.

Radke held the Tigers to just three hits over seven innings and Bobby Higginson let his frustration get the best of him in the sixth. After hitting into an inning-ending groundout, Higginson threw his helmet in disgust and was ejected when he began yelling at home plate umpire Mike Winters.

Minnesota's three-game sweep extends Detroit’s losing streak to four games and reduces the Twins' magic number to four to clinch the AL Central.

After a day off Thursday, Detroit (53-94) returns to Comerica Park for their final homestand of the season, featuring four games with Kansas City followed by a three-game set with the Twins.

Minnesota will face off with the Cleveland Indians for four games beginning Thursday before heading to Detroit.

Todd Lorenz is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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BOX SCORE
Minnesota Twins 8, Detroit Tigers 2
Detroit Tigers
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
LombardCF 4121010.272
InfanteSS 4000001.333
HigginsonLF 3000011.283
HalterLF 1000000.240
SimonDH 2000011.298
a-MunsonPH-DH 2000000.222
Pena1B 3111000.239
PaquetteRF 3000000.194
Jackson2B 3010000.259
Truby3B 3000001.223
IngeC 3000001.210
Totals31242035
a-Grounded out for Simon in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Jackson (19, Radke).
HR: Pena (17, 5th inning off Radke, 0 on, 0 out), Lombard (5, 9th inning off Jackson, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Pena (44), Lombard (13).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Simon, Inge.
Team LOB: 2.
FIELDING
DP: 2 (Infante-Jackson-Pena, Jackson-Pena).
 
Minnesota Twins
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
JonesLF 3100123.295
GuzmanSS 4223001.276
Koskie3B 3110110.271
LeCroyDH 2101201.253
HunterCF 2113001.293
KieltyCF 1000010.289
Mientkiewicz1B 4021002.267
MohrRF 3000011.275
CuddyerRF 1000011.200
PrinceC 3110111.222
Hocking2B 4110012.255
Totals308885813
BATTING
2B: Hunter (34, Redman).
3B: Koskie (3, Redman).
HR: Guzman (9, 1st inning off Redman, 1 on, 0 out).
RBI: Guzman 3 (56), LeCroy (20), Hunter 3 (91), Mientkiewicz (63).
2-out RBI: Guzman, LeCroy, Hunter 3, Mientkiewicz.
GIDP: Mientkiewicz, Hunter.
Team LOB: 4.
Detroit Tigers
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Redman (L, 8-15) 1.26883214.21
Sparks 4.11002205.77
German 1.00000200.00
Acevedo 1.01000202.80
Minnesota Twins
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Radke (W, 8-4) 7.03110314.44
Wells 1.00000005.33
Jackson 1.01110013.06
HBP: Hunter (by Redman).
Pitches-strikes: Redman 63-31, Sparks 56-37, German 13-10, Acevedo 14-10, Radke 80-53, Wells 8-7, Jackson 14-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Redman 2-1, Sparks 7-4, German 0-1, Acevedo 1-0, Radke 10-8, Wells 2-1, Jackson 1-2.
Batters faced: Redman 14, Sparks 15, German 3, Acevedo 4, Radke 24, Wells 3, Jackson 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Sparks 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Mike Winters. 1B: Gerry Davis. 2B: Dan Iassogna. 3B: Greg Gibson.
Weather: 70 degrees, dome.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
T: 2:19.
Att: 13,106.

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