Mauer pinch-hit homer helps Twins to 5-4 win over Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Joe Mauer disagreed with two called strikes by Laz Diaz and offered as much objection as the mild-mannered veteran will provide by looking back at the plate umpire following the second one that forced a full count.

Mauer, pinch-hitting in the seventh inning, shook off the frustration and hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off reliever Louis Coleman, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Friday night.

''That's about as professional an at-bat as you're going to see,'' Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson said. ''That's Joe Mauer right there. He's a guy that gets a tough pitcher's pitch on 3-1, doesn't panic and gets the pitch he needs to hit and just put one of the best swings you've ever seen.''

Eddie Rosario and Tyler Austin added solo home runs for the Twins, who finally broke through against Detroit starter Matt Boyd to win their fourth straight game.

Gibson (7-9) allowed three runs and eight hits and struck out five in seven innings. Taylor Rogers earned his first major league save by striking out Jeimer Candelario with two runners on in the ninth.

Mauer entered the game leading the majors with a .419 average with runners in scoring position.

''Well, it was moment in a career full of them,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said of Mauer's home run. ''You get a chance to use one of the best players in the last decade and a half in the game in a big situation, it is kind of a nice card to have in the deck.''

Added Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire: ''He got one up, he yanked it a little bit, and Mauer killed it. I've seen him do it many times.''

Boyd (7-11) beat Minnesota on Sunday and had not allowed a hit over the previous nine innings until Austin singled to start the fifth on Friday. Boyd stranded Austin, but the Twins finally broke through an inning later.

Rosario homered to break the scoreless streak against Boyd. Austin started a four-run seventh with his second home run in five games for Minnesota, a towering shot that reached the second deck in left-center field.

Mauer capped the scoring in the seventh with the second pinch-hit homer of his career and the first since May 25, 2009, at the Metrodome. He took a curtain call at the urging of his teammates, including Gibson.

''We don't give them out too much here, so that was pretty special tonight,'' Mauer said. ''Definitely appreciate it.''

Boyd surrendered four runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings and struck out seven. The Tigers lost their fourth straight game.

''I need to finish,'' Boyd said. ''That's what it came down to. Made a few mistakes, kind of put us in a bind there. It's my job. I just need to finish it for the boys in here. It's on me.''

GROUND BALL GIBBY

Gibson worked his way through troubles with his ability to get ground balls. Detroit had singles in the first three innings only to be erased with a double play. Gibson got four double-play ground balls in the first five innings.

Gibson has 18 ground-ball double plays this season. He entered the night with the most double plays grounded into in the majors since 2014.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: LHP Blaine Hardy was placed on the 10-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left elbow. Hardy had been dealing with pain in the elbow and reported issues again Friday in throwing before the game. The move is retroactive to Aug. 15.

Twins: LHP Adalberto Mejia was diagnosed with nerve irritation in his left wrist and he's been shut down from throwing until the issue can be resolved. Mejia (2-0, 2.01 ERA) felt the injury at the end of his last outing, a five-inning, scoreless start on Aug. 7 against Cleveland. He had thrown back-to-back, five-inning outings against the Indians without allowing a run. ... RHP Michael Pineda made his second start with Class A Fort Myers on Thursday, giving up one run on two hits in three innings. Pineda will continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery with three more starts for Triple-A Rochester.

UP NEXT

Detroit will start left-hander Ryan Carpenter (0-1, 6.39) on Saturday. Carpenter was recalled when the team placed Hardy on the disabled list. Minnesota will have rookie Kohl Stewart, the fourth-overall pick in the 2013 draft, make his second start in the majors on Saturday. Stewart allowed three runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to Detroit in his major league debut on Aug. 12.

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  • W: K. Gibson (7-9)L: M. Boyd (7-11)S: T. Rogers (1)
  • HR: MIN - J. Mauer (4), E. Rosario (21), T. Austin (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Candelario 3B51100012.226.316.405.7202.5
J. Adduci 1B30100020.260.288.390.6770.0
N. Castellanos RF31110101.292.344.496.8404.0
N. Goodrum 2B41100021.234.303.439.7422.0
V. Martinez DH30310100.251.303.342.6456.0
J. Iglesias PR-DH01000000.264.306.389.6951.0
M. Mahtook LF30000113.185.244.261.5050.5
J. McCann C40200014.227.277.329.6071.5
R. Rodriguez SS40110002.196.240.216.4572.0
M. Gerber CF30000010.114.200.143.343-0.5
a- V. Reyes PH00000100.221.242.262.5041.0
  • a-walked for Gerber in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Forsythe 2B40000000.252.312.333.6460.0
E. Rosario LF41111000.295.335.496.8316.0
J. Polanco SS40000010.283.345.408.753-0.5
M. Sano 3B40000020.222.294.429.723-1.0
T. Austin DH31211010.226.285.489.7746.5
J. Cave CF21100011.276.305.448.7532.5
J. Field RF21000002.202.242.350.5922.0
E. Adrianza 1B20000011.242.302.377.679-0.5
a- J. Mauer PH-1B11131000.274.354.369.7238.0
B. Wilson C30000010.173.228.278.506-0.5
  • a-homered for Adrianza in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Candelario (20), N. Goodrum (26), V. Martinez (16)
  • SH - J. Adduci
  • RBI - N. Castellanos (69), V. Martinez (41), R. Rodriguez (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - V. Martinez (13), R. Rodriguez (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Candelario 2 (2), M. Mahtook, J. McCann 3 (3)
BATTING
  • HR - E. Rosario (21), T. Austin (10), J. Mauer (4)
  • RBI - E. Rosario (69), T. Austin (27), J. Mauer 3 (37)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Field, E. Adrianza
FIELDING
  • DP - 4 (Polanco-Forsythe-Adrianza; Forsythe-Adrianza; Sano-Forsythe-Adrianza; Gibson-Polanco-Adrianza)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Boyd (L, 7-11)6.14440724.271.118.5
L. Coleman (BS, 3)1.21110013.581.331.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Boyd (L, 7-11)6.1
L. Coleman (BS, 3)1.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Gibson (W, 7-9)7.08333503.511.2619.5
G. Moya (H, 2)1.00000204.121.174.0
M. Magill (H, 2)0.22111103.861.29-3.5
T. Rogers (S, 1)0.10000003.551.117.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Gibson (W, 7-9)7.0
G. Moya (H, 2)1.0
M. Magill (H, 2)0.2
T. Rogers (S, 1)0.1
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Boyd 2 (9)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 97-63, L. Coleman 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 3-9, L. Coleman 3-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 25, L. Coleman 6
PITCHING
  • WP - K. Gibson (5)
  • IBB - K. Gibson
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 102-67, G. Moya 9-8, M. Magill 33-21, T. Rogers 2-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 8-4, G. Moya 1-0, T. Rogers 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 28, G. Moya 3, M. Magill 5, T. Rogers
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Candelario 3B51100012.226.316.405.7202.5
J. Adduci 1B30100020.260.288.390.6770.0
N. Castellanos RF31110101.292.344.496.8404.0
N. Goodrum 2B41100021.234.303.439.7422.0
V. Martinez DH30310100.251.303.342.6456.0
J. Iglesias PR-DH01000000.264.306.389.6951.0
M. Mahtook LF30000113.185.244.261.5050.5
J. McCann C40200014.227.277.329.6071.5
R. Rodriguez SS40110002.196.240.216.4572.0
M. Gerber CF30000010.114.200.143.343-0.5
a- V. Reyes PH00000100.221.242.262.5041.0
Total32410304813-----
  • a-walked for Gerber in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Forsythe 2B40000000.252.312.333.6460.0
E. Rosario LF41111000.295.335.496.8316.0
J. Polanco SS40000010.283.345.408.753-0.5
M. Sano 3B40000020.222.294.429.723-1.0
T. Austin DH31211010.226.285.489.7746.5
J. Cave CF21100011.276.305.448.7532.5
J. Field RF21000002.202.242.350.5922.0
E. Adrianza 1B20000011.242.302.377.679-0.5
a- J. Mauer PH-1B11131000.274.354.369.7238.0
B. Wilson C30000010.173.228.278.506-0.5
Total295553074-----
HITTERSAB
L. Forsythe 2B4
E. Rosario LF4
J. Polanco SS4
M. Sano 3B4
T. Austin DH3
J. Cave CF2
J. Field RF2
E. Adrianza 1B2
a- J. Mauer PH-1B1
B. Wilson C3
Total29
  • a-homered for Adrianza in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Candelario (20), N. Goodrum (26), V. Martinez (16)
  • SH - J. Adduci
  • RBI - N. Castellanos (69), V. Martinez (41), R. Rodriguez (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - V. Martinez (13), R. Rodriguez (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Candelario 2 (2), M. Mahtook, J. McCann 3 (3)
BATTING
  • HR - E. Rosario (21), T. Austin (10), J. Mauer (4)
  • RBI - E. Rosario (69), T. Austin (27), J. Mauer 3 (37)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Field, E. Adrianza
FIELDING
  • DP - 4 (Polanco-Forsythe-Adrianza; Forsythe-Adrianza; Sano-Forsythe-Adrianza; Gibson-Polanco-Adrianza)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Boyd (L, 7-11)6.14440724.271.118.5
L. Coleman (BS, 3)1.21110013.581.331.0
Total8.0555073---
PITCHERSIP
M. Boyd (L, 7-11)6.1
L. Coleman (BS, 3)1.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Gibson (W, 7-9)7.08333503.511.2619.5
G. Moya (H, 2)1.00000204.121.174.0
M. Magill (H, 2)0.22111103.861.29-3.5
T. Rogers (S, 1)0.10000003.551.117.0
Total9.01044480---
PITCHERSIP
K. Gibson (W, 7-9)7.0
G. Moya (H, 2)1.0
M. Magill (H, 2)0.2
T. Rogers (S, 1)0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Boyd 2 (9)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 97-63, L. Coleman 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 3-9, L. Coleman 3-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 25, L. Coleman 6
PITCHING
  • WP - K. Gibson (5)
  • IBB - K. Gibson
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 102-67, G. Moya 9-8, M. Magill 33-21, T. Rogers 2-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 8-4, G. Moya 1-0, T. Rogers 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 28, G. Moya 3, M. Magill 5, T. Rogers
  • 9TH INNING
    Rodriguez singled to center, Iglesias scored45
  • 7TH INNING
    Mauer homered to center, Cave and Field scored35
    Austin homered to left32
  • 6TH INNING
    Rosario homered to right31
    Castellanos singled to left, Candelario scored30
  • 4TH INNING
    Martinez singled to left center, Goodrum scored20
    Castellanos scored, Goodrum to third on wild pitch10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Matt Magill relieved Gabriel Moya
    • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Martinez doubled to deep left
    • Jose Iglesias ran for Victor Martinez
    • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
    • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann flied out to deep right, Iglesias to third
    • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rodriguez singled to center, Iglesias scored
    • Victor Reyes hit for Mike Gerber
    • V. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reyes walked, Rodriguez to second
    • Taylor Rogers relieved Matt Magill
    • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Gabriel Moya relieved Kyle Gibson
    • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos grounded out to third
    • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Coleman Pitching:
    • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to second
    • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Ball, Sano grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • K. Gibson Pitching:
    • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rodriguez popped out to second
    • M. Gerber: Strike looking, Ball, Gerber flied out to deep center
    • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Boyd Pitching:
    • M. Sano: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
    • T. Austin: Ball, Strike swinging, Austin homered to left
    • J. Cave: Ball, Strike swinging, Cave singled to center
    • J. Field: Ball, Field hit by pitch, Cave to second
    • Louis Coleman relieved Matthew Boyd
    • Joe Mauer hit for Ehire Adrianza
    • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer homered to center, Cave and Field scored
    • B. Wilson: Wilson fouled out to third
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Forsythe fouled out to first
    • End of the 7th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Gibson Pitching:
    • J. Candelario: Candelario doubled to deep left
    • J. Adduci: Adduci hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Candelario to third
    • N. Castellanos: Castellanos singled to left, Candelario scored
    • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum grounded out to third, Castellanos to second
    • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez intentionally walked
    • M. Mahtook: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mahtook walked, Castellanos to third, Martinez to second
    • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Boyd Pitching:
    • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Wilson grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Rosario: Rosario homered to right
    • J. Polanco: Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco lined out to right
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Gibson Pitching:
    • J. McCann: Strike looking, McCann singled to center
    • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Foul, Rodriguez grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, McCann out at second
    • M. Gerber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gerber flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Boyd Pitching:
    • T. Austin: Ball, Austin singled to left
    • J. Cave: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
    • J. Field: Foul, Strike looking, Field flied out to left
    • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Adrianza struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Gibson Pitching:
    • J. Candelario: Foul, Candelario grounded out to catcher
    • J. Adduci: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
    • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked
    • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Goodrum doubled to deep right, Castellanos to third
    • V. Martinez: Ball, Castellanos scored, Goodrum to third on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Martinez singled to left center, Goodrum scored
    • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mahtook grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Boyd Pitching:
    • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Rosario popped out to third
    • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco popped out to second
    • M. Sano: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Gibson Pitching:
    • J. McCann: McCann singled to right
    • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rodriguez grounded into double play third to second to first, McCann out at second
    • M. Gerber: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gerber struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Boyd Pitching:
    • E. Adrianza: Adrianza flied out to right
    • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wilson struck out swinging
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Forsythe fouled out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Gibson Pitching:
    • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
    • V. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez singled to right
    • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook grounded into double play second to first, Martinez out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Boyd Pitching:
    • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sano grounded out to third
    • T. Austin: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
    • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Cave hit by pitch
    • J. Field: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Field flied out to deep center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Gibson Pitching:
    • J. Candelario: Candelario flied out to center
    • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Adduci singled to left center
    • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Castellanos grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Adduci out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Boyd Pitching:
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Forsythe flied out to right
    • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario flied out to deep center
    • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)