DETROIT -- Reliever Addison Reed was upset with himself after the Twins lost, 5-2, to the Tigers on Wednesday night at Comerica Park, but the worst of it wasn't the four-run eighth inning he weathered."The worst part of tonight is letting down Jose Berrios]," Reed said. "He threw a hell
DETROIT -- Reliever Addison Reed was upset with himself after the Twins lost, 5-2, to the Tigers on Wednesday night at Comerica Park, but the worst of it wasn't the four-run eighth inning he weathered.
"The worst part of tonight is letting down Jose [Berrios]," Reed said. "He threw a hell of a game. That was fun to watch. He works his tail off, and it shows when he's out there. The thing that I'm most [upset] about tonight is not getting him the 'W'."
Berrios was on track for his eighth win, but the Tigers, who had mounted threats to no avail earlier, jumped on Reed. He retired Victor Martinez for the first out but then allowed three consecutive singles to tie the game. Facing the No. 9 hitter, Victor Reyes, Reed got ahead 0-2, but Reyes drove a hard single to left to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead. Leonys Martin came up next and singled home two more runs, helped by Robbie Grossman's throwing error, before Matt Belisle entered and got Nicholas Castellanos to fly out to right to end the inning.
Reed hadn't faced many of the newer Tigers before tonight, but he did not blame unfamiliarity.
"I'm still going to go with my game plan, no matter if I've faced them 25 times or no times. I'm still going to go with my strengths," said Reed, who added he struggled with fastball location.
Detroit's late rally spoiled one of the best starts of the season for Berrios. He allowed one run over six innings, struck out seven and walked one during his first outing of less than two runs since a May 15 start against the Cardinals.
"Baseball is just a hard game overall," Berrios said. "I did my best to go out there and compete. It's just a difficult game. We all stick together. We all know in this clubhouse how hard it is to go out there and win a game. Just one game is hard to win. This is just baseball, and we'll move on."
Where Berrios made his impact was in getting out of jams. The Tigers had runners on second and third in the third inning with one out, and Berrios bounced back by striking out Castellanos and Jeimer Candelario. The Tigers loaded the bases in the fifth inning with Martinez at to the plate, but Berrios coaxed him into a groundout to first to douse another threat.
"I was competing," Berrios said. "I got a lot of hitters in 0-2 counts, and then they connected for hits. My mindset was to just keep battling, and we were winning the game. I just wanted to give the team a chance to win a game."
Berrios was already working with a lead when he took the mound in the first. After James Dozier was hit by a pitch, Eddie Rosario doubled to put runners on second and third. Eduardo Escobar singled to center, which easily scored Dozier from third. But the Tigers' center fielder, Martin, held the ball, allowing Rosario to score. That was it for the Minnesota offense, which mustered just four hits.
Escobar's two-RBI single in the first was his first of two hits on the night. He is hitting .407 (22-for-54) with five home runs, eight doubles and 18 RBIs over the past 14 games.
HE SAID IT
"We're friends. He got me there. We played a lot of years in the Minor Leagues in the Twins' system. It's just part of the game. This is different. We're friends, but we're competing, so he got the best side of it today." -- Berrios, on Tigers infielder and former Twin Niko Goodrum, who went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double
The Twins wrap up their three-game series in Detroit on Thursday afternoon with a 12:10 p.m. CT first pitch against the Tigers. Minnesota will be represented on the mound by Lance Lynn (4-4, 5.08 ERA), who has thrown at least six innings and allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last four outings. The Tigers will throw Michael Fulmer (2-5, 4.40 ERA), who threw seven innings of one-run ball against Cleveland his last time out.
Tyler Fenwick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit.