Tyler Austin homers as Twins beat Tigers 4-3

DETROIT (AP) Tyler Austin looked pretty comfortable in his debut with the Minnesota Twins.

Austin hit a two-run homer, Kyle Gibson pitched seven effective innings and the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Saturday night.

Austin was acquired in the July 30 trade that sent Lance Lynn to the New York Yankees. The 26-year-old Austin, who hit .223 with eight homers in 34 games for the Yankees before the move, was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.

''He looks like a modern-day player - his first three times up were a walk, a strikeout and a homer,'' manager Paul Molitor said. ''That's what today's game seems to be about.''

Austin connected on a Francisco Liriano slider in the fifth.

''My first time up he threw me some good changeups, and I swung through them,'' he said. ''I swung through another changeup on 2-0, but he left a slider over the plate on 2-1 and I put a good swing on it.''

Minnesota improved to 2-4 on its seven-game trip. Gibson (6-9) allowed one run and seven hits, struck out four and walked two.

''The defense played great,'' Gibson said. ''My fastball command was a lot better tonight, and that means more balls in play. They really picked me up when I needed them.''

Detroit lost for the seventh time in eight games. Liriano (3-7) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings while dropping to 0-6 in his last 13 outings.

''Every time I feel like I'm getting into a rhythm, I'll walk a couple guys or make a couple bad pitches and it gets away from me,'' he said. ''I've got to find a way to stay focused on the next pitch instead of getting frustrated when I make a mistake.''

The Tigers rallied in the ninth against Trevor Hildenberger, who got a chance to close after Fernando Rodney was traded to Oakland on Thursday.

Victor Martinez led off with a walk, and Niko Goodrum followed with a drive to right for his 12th homer. Jim Adduci then singled, but James McCann struck out looking, rookie Victor Reyes flied out, and JaCoby Jones struck out for the third time.

''We needed one more hit, and we just couldn't get it,'' Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''Mac had a great at-bat, but they got him on the 3-2 pitch, Victor hit the ball hard but right at someone, and then they get the strikeout to end it.''

It was Hildenberger's first save of the year and the second of his career, both coming at Comerica Park.

The Tigers jumped in front on McCann's RBI single in the second but didn't score again off Gibson.

''I've known Gibby for a long time, and you can really see how he has learned to pitch,'' said Gardenhire, who managed the Twins in Gibson's first two seasons. ''We've got a lot of young hitters, and he took advantage of them.''

The Twins tied it in the third when Eddie Rosario scored on Liriano's wild pitch.

Austin's ninth homer gave the Twins a 3-1 lead, and Rosario's RBI double off Zach McAllister put Minnesota ahead by three in the sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: 1B Logan Morrison was placed on the disabled list, and he will undergo season-ending hip surgery. . RHP Michael Pineda (elbow) pitched three scoreless innings for Class-A Fort Myers in his second appearance after Tommy John surgery.

Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris pitched two innings for Detroit's Gulf Coast League team, allowing one unearned run. He has been sidelined since April 30 with a groin injury.

GOODRUM HAUNTS OLD TEAM AGAIN

Goodrum's homer was his second in as many days and his third of the season against Minnesota. Goodrum, who was drafted by Minnesota in 2010 and made his major league debut with the Twins last season, is hitting .320 with eight RBIs in 25 at-bats against them this season.

MORRIS HONORED ON SUNDAY

Before Sunday's series finale, the Tigers will retire the No. 47 of newly inducted Hall of Famer Jack Morris. Morris won World Series championships with three teams, including the Tigers and Twins, and will be the ninth player to have his jersey retired by Detroit. Alan Trammell, who also went into the Hall of Fame this year, will have his No. 3 retired on Aug. 26.

''It will be an honor to be here, because I was a coach in Minnesota when Jack helped us win in 1991, and we are great friends,'' Gardenhire said. ''The fans here adore him, and so do the fans in Minnesota.''

UP NEXT

The teams finish their three-game series with Detroit's Matthew Boyd (6-10, 4.33 ERA) facing Kohl Stewart, who will be making his major league debut for the Twins.

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MIN54-62
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DET48-69
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  • W: K. Gibson (6-9)L: F. Liriano (3-7)S: T. Hildenberger (1)
  • HR: MIN - T. Austin (9), DET - N. Goodrum (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer 1B41200101.270.350.356.7054.0
E. Rosario RF-LF41110103.296.337.495.8325.0
L. Forsythe 2B50200000.238.298.317.6162.0
M. Sano 3B41200111.224.299.417.7163.5
T. Austin DH41121122.224.285.488.7737.0
J. Polanco SS30000104.280.354.394.7481.0
J. Field CF30000010.209.247.362.609-0.5
a- J. Cave PH-CF10000002.280.307.470.7770.0
E. Adrianza LF30100010.250.310.379.6900.5
M. Kepler RF10000000.231.321.415.7370.0
B. Wilson C30000121.165.223.252.4750.0
  • a-flied out for Field in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jones CF50000033.202.259.357.615-1.5
J. Iglesias SS30000101.264.304.391.6951.0
N. Castellanos RF40100011.283.333.476.8090.5
J. Candelario 3B40000002.224.313.411.7240.0
V. Martinez DH30100100.238.290.322.6132.0
M. Gerber PR-DH01000000.174.286.217.5031.0
N. Goodrum 2B31121101.232.297.435.7327.0
J. Adduci 1B41300000.276.300.448.7486.0
J. McCann C40210012.222.274.318.5922.5
V. Reyes LF40100013.220.233.268.5000.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Rosario (29)
    • HR - T. Austin (9)
    • RBI - E. Rosario (67), T. Austin 2 (25)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (28)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Mauer, E. Rosario 3 (3), J. Polanco 4 (4), J. Cave 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 3B - J. Adduci
    • HR - N. Goodrum (12)
    • RBI - N. Goodrum 2 (38), J. McCann (31)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. McCann (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Jones 2 (2), J. Candelario 2 (2), N. Goodrum, J. McCann, V. Reyes
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - N. Goodrum (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Polanco-Forsythe-Mauer)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - N. Castellanos (8)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (W, 6-9)7.07112403.491.2423.0
    T. May (H, 3)1.00000001.931.073.0
    T. Hildenberger (S, 1)1.02221214.741.306.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson (W, 6-9)7.0
    T. May (H, 3)1.0
    T. Hildenberger (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Liriano (L, 3-7)5.06334314.421.45-1.5
    Z. McAllister1.02110105.061.380.5
    V. Alcantara1.01001000.660.951.0
    L. Coleman1.00001103.711.352.5
    B. Farmer1.00000204.591.674.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - K. Gibson (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 111-75, T. May 11-8, T. Hildenberger 25-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 10-5, T. May 1-2
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 28, T. May 3, T. Hildenberger 6
    PITCHING
    • WP - F. Liriano (7), V. Alcantara (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 86-48, Z. McAllister 20-13, V. Alcantara 24-13, L. Coleman 16-9, B. Farmer 17-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 9-3, Z. McAllister 1-0, V. Alcantara 2-1, L. Coleman 2-0
    • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 25, Z. McAllister 4, V. Alcantara 5, L. Coleman 4, B. Farmer 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    MIN54-62
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    DET48-69
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B41200101.270.350.356.7054.0
    E. Rosario RF-LF41110103.296.337.495.8325.0
    L. Forsythe 2B50200000.238.298.317.6162.0
    M. Sano 3B41200111.224.299.417.7163.5
    T. Austin DH41121122.224.285.488.7737.0
    J. Polanco SS30000104.280.354.394.7481.0
    J. Field CF30000010.209.247.362.609-0.5
    a- J. Cave PH-CF10000002.280.307.470.7770.0
    E. Adrianza LF30100010.250.310.379.6900.5
    M. Kepler RF10000000.231.321.415.7370.0
    B. Wilson C30000121.165.223.252.4750.0
    Total3549316714-----
    HITTERSAB
    J. Mauer 1B4
    E. Rosario RF-LF4
    L. Forsythe 2B5
    M. Sano 3B4
    T. Austin DH4
    J. Polanco SS3
    J. Field CF3
    a- J. Cave PH-CF1
    E. Adrianza LF3
    M. Kepler RF1
    B. Wilson C3
    Total35
    • a-flied out for Field in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jones CF50000033.202.259.357.615-1.5
    J. Iglesias SS30000101.264.304.391.6951.0
    N. Castellanos RF40100011.283.333.476.8090.5
    J. Candelario 3B40000002.224.313.411.7240.0
    V. Martinez DH30100100.238.290.322.6132.0
    M. Gerber PR-DH01000000.174.286.217.5031.0
    N. Goodrum 2B31121101.232.297.435.7327.0
    J. Adduci 1B41300000.276.300.448.7486.0
    J. McCann C40210012.222.274.318.5922.5
    V. Reyes LF40100013.220.233.268.5000.5
    Total3439313613-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Rosario (29)
      • HR - T. Austin (9)
      • RBI - E. Rosario (67), T. Austin 2 (25)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (28)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Mauer, E. Rosario 3 (3), J. Polanco 4 (4), J. Cave 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 3B - J. Adduci
      • HR - N. Goodrum (12)
      • RBI - N. Goodrum 2 (38), J. McCann (31)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. McCann (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Jones 2 (2), J. Candelario 2 (2), N. Goodrum, J. McCann, V. Reyes
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - N. Goodrum (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Polanco-Forsythe-Mauer)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - N. Castellanos (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (W, 6-9)7.07112403.491.2423.0
      T. May (H, 3)1.00000001.931.073.0
      T. Hildenberger (S, 1)1.02221214.741.306.0
      Total9.0933361---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (W, 6-9)7.0
      T. May (H, 3)1.0
      T. Hildenberger (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Liriano (L, 3-7)5.06334314.421.45-1.5
      Z. McAllister1.02110105.061.380.5
      V. Alcantara1.01001000.660.951.0
      L. Coleman1.00001103.711.352.5
      B. Farmer1.00000204.591.674.0
      Total9.0944671---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Liriano (L, 3-7)5.0
      Z. McAllister1.0
      V. Alcantara1.0
      L. Coleman1.0
      B. Farmer1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Gibson (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 111-75, T. May 11-8, T. Hildenberger 25-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 10-5, T. May 1-2
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 28, T. May 3, T. Hildenberger 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - F. Liriano (7), V. Alcantara (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 86-48, Z. McAllister 20-13, V. Alcantara 24-13, L. Coleman 16-9, B. Farmer 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 9-3, Z. McAllister 1-0, V. Alcantara 2-1, L. Coleman 2-0
      • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 25, Z. McAllister 4, V. Alcantara 5, L. Coleman 4, B. Farmer 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Goodrum homered to right, Gerber scored43
      • 6TH INNING
        Rosario doubled to deep right center, Mauer scored, Rosario out at third41
      • 5TH INNING
        Austin homered to left, Sano scored31
      • 3RD INNING
        Rosario scored, Forsythe to second on wild pitch11
      • 2ND INNING
        McCann singled to right center, Adduci scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Buck Farmer relieved Louis Coleman
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Forsythe flied out to right
        • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • T. Austin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Trevor May
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked
        • Mike Gerber ran for Victor Martinez
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Goodrum homered to right, Gerber scored
        • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Adduci singled to right
        • J. McCann: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Reyes flied out to deep left
        • J. Jones: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Louis Coleman relieved Victor Alcantara
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Kepler grounded out to first
        • B. Wilson: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Wilson struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked
        • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Trevor May relieved Kyle Gibson
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to third
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos flied out to center
        • J. Candelario: Candelario popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Victor Alcantara relieved Zach McAllister
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe grounded out to third
        • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sano singled to deep left
        • T. Austin: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Austin grounded out to third, Sano to second
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
        • Jake Cave hit for Johnny Field
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sano to third, Polanco to second on wild pitch, Cave flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Max Kepler in right field
        • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Ball, Adduci flied out to left
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, McCann singled to center
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Reyes lined out to center
        • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Ball, McCann to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Jones grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Zach McAllister relieved Francisco Liriano
        • E. Adrianza: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adrianza grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Wilson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wilson struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mauer reached on an infield single to second
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Rosario doubled to deep right center, Mauer scored, Rosario out at third
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos lined out to right
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Candelario grounded out to pitcher
        • V. Martinez: Martinez singled to left
        • N. Goodrum: Goodrum grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Forsythe grounded out to third
        • M. Sano: Sano singled to center
        • T. Austin: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Austin homered to left, Sano scored
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to third
        • J. Field: Field grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes singled to center
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Iglesias grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Reyes out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • J. Field: Field grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Adrianza singled to right
        • B. Wilson: Wilson grounded out to third, Adrianza to second
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer singled to left, Adrianza to third
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to second
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodrum walked
        • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Adduci reached on an infield single to shortstop, Goodrum to second
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Goodrum caught stealing, catcher to third Adduci to second, McCann popped out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
        • L. Forsythe: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Forsythe singled to center, Rosario to third
        • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario scored, Forsythe to second on wild pitch, Ball, Sano flied out to right, Forsythe to third
        • T. Austin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco flied out to shallow right
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jones grounded out to third
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias walked
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Candelario fouled out to pitcher
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • J. Field: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
        • E. Adrianza: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Adrianza struck out looking
        • B. Wilson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wilson walked
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to pitcher
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goodrum grounded out to second
        • J. Adduci: Adduci tripled to deep center
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, McCann singled to right center, Adduci scored
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Reyes struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Mauer grounded out to second
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Rosario grounded out to second
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe singled to left
        • M. Sano: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sano walked, Forsythe to second
        • T. Austin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Austin walked, Forsythe to third, Sano to second
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to third
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Candelario: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Candelario lined out to pitcher
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)