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Twins 5, Tigers 4: Rosario blast propels Twins to series win

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Eddie Rosario’s 8th inning solo blast broke the 4-4 tie, and the Twins held on to win.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Not the HR, but imagine if it was?
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A back and forth game decided by a late homer, it was a fun one. Even better, considering the Twins won it, if you’re into that sort of thing.

The Tigers got on the board first, on back-to-back doubles by Victor Martinez and Jim Adduci in the 2nd inning.

The Twins offense grabbed a 2-1 lead in the 3rd inning on a sac-fly by Eddie Rosario and a double by Jorge Polanco. They added 2 more in the 4th, on solo homers by Max Kepler (16) and Jake Cave (5).

Detroit would come all the way back in the 6th inning. Jake Odorizzi had retired the last 12 batters he faced, but surrendered a double and back-to-back walks to load the bases. That ended his day, as the Twins called on Matt Magill to put out the fire.

Instead of doing that, he threw some gas on it. Magill walked Niko Goodrum to force in the first run. Martinez grounded into a double play, but a run still scored. Jim Adduci then lined an RBI single to tie the game at 4-4.

It stayed tied until the bottom of the 8th, when Rosario hit one over the right field wall for a home run (22) to give the Twins a 5-4 lead. From there, the Trevor Hildenberger experience closed the game out for the win.

With that, the Twins (59-64) win the series 3 games to 1 against the Tigers (51-74).

Notes:

  • After the game, the Twins optioned RHP Tyler Duffey to AAA to make room for LHP Stephen Gonsalves.

Studs:

Trevor Hildenberger (W): 1.1 IP, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO

Kepler, Rosario, Cave: For the dingers.

Tyler Austin: 2-3, R

Duds:

NO DUDS TWINS WIN!

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