DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins could have easily been mistaken for the Red Wings and North Stars Friday night.
In a game marred by not one but two bench-clearing brawls, the Tigers beat the Twins 4-2 on an 11th-inning home run by center fielder Kirk Gibson.
And although the Twins lost the game, they may have gotten the best of the Tigers in the fight. Tiger pitcher Dave Rozema, who was not directly involved in either fight, was carried from the field on a stretcher following the second fracas.
Immediately after the game, it was announced Rozema suffered severe ligament damage to his left knee and was scheduled to undergo surgery Saturday morning at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital. It was not immediately determined how Rozema hurt the knee, although there was speculation he slipped on the wet grass while running to join the battle.
Umpire Larry Barnett pointed a finger at Detroit manager Sparky Anderson, blaming him for the disorder.
'Sparky Anderson did not help me at all,' said Barnett. 'If I was grading him I'd give him an 'F.' Sparky was not reasonable. He came that close to getting the game dumped.'
Gibson's homer, his fourth of the season, came off reliever Terry Felton and followed a out-out single by Lynn Jones off loser Ron Davis, 1-3. The victory went to Rozema, 3-0.
The first fight occurred in the fourth. After Mark DeJohn singled, Detroit's Chet Lemon was hit on the wrist by a Pete Redfern fastball. Lemon charged the mound, jumping on the Twins' pitcher as both benches emptied.
No serious scuffles followed, although Gibson and Twins' pitching coach Karl Kuehl tangled briefly. Lemon was ejected from the game and Redfern was forced to leave because of injuries sustained during the fracas. The injuries were not thought to be serious, a Tiger official said.
The Twins earlier had lost manager Billy Gardner, who was ejected in the second inning for disputing a call at first base. One inning later, Jim Lemon, the Twins' first base coach, was ejected for arguing a call at first base.
The second incident occurred in the 11th when Detroit's Enos Cabell was brushed back by a pitch from Ron Davis. Cabell made threatening gestures at Davis and home plate umpire Mike Reilly attempted to restrain the batter. Cabell, however, broke away and met Davis halfway between home and the mound as both benches emptied again.
Players, coaches and managers converged, with several fights erupting. It took the umpires nearly 10 minutes to restore order.
'If they can't handle a ball inside, that's their fault,' said Davis. 'He (Cabell) stands right on the plate and when people stand over the plate they better expect the ball inside.'
The fight at one point was stopped briefly but Minnesota's Jesus Vega apparently threw punches that Gibson and Richie Hebner answered and the fight lasted another 10 minutes.
'Vega suckered me,' said Gibson. 'I will get Vega someday. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe 10 years. I'm sorry I only got to punch him twice.'
Five players were ejected: Lemon, Cabell, Hebner, Davis and Vega.
The Tigers tied the score in the fourth on a double by Lance Parrish, a sacrifice and Mike DeJohn's single up the middle.
Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on singles by newly acquired Tom Brunansky and Ron Washington, a throwing error by DeJohn and John Castino's ground out.
Detroit scored in the third on a walk, Gibson's single and a sacrifice fly by Mike Ivie.
Minnesota's Kent Hrbek went 0-for-5 to snap his consecutive game hitting streak at 23, leaving him three games short of the American League record for rookies set by Guy Curtwright.