Rosario's HR in 8th leads Twins past Tigers 5-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) While Minnesota's pitchers were struggling with the strike zone, the Twins' hitters were teeing off.

Eddie Rosario hit a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning for Minnesota's third homer of the day, helping the Twins top the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Sunday.

Max Kepler and Jake Cave also connected as Minnesota won for the fifth time in six games. The Twins bashed 13 homers while taking three of four from the Tigers.

''It's one of those things, hitting's contagious,'' said Cave, who reached the second deck in center with his solo drive in the fourth.

''Guys are hitting home runs, Kepler hits a home run in the same inning that I did. So when you got a guy who hits a home run in front of you, gives you a little cushion, then you get to a 3-2 count, it kind of helps you to be able to put your best swing on the ball.''

Unlike Cave and Kepler, Rosario didn't have a full count, but the result was the same. Behind 0-2 after two swings-and-misses leading off the eighth, Rosario launched the third fastball he saw from Alex Wilson (1-4) into the right field seats for his 22nd homer.

''The ball flies here. You make mistakes up, that's what these guys do. They've got some swingers,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Minnesota has 15 homers on its homestand. But the Twins walked 22 batters during the four-game series against the Tigers, and it nearly cost them Sunday.

Minnesota led 4-1 after the homers by Kepler and Cave. The Twins appeared to be cruising before Jake Odorizzi walked consecutive batters in the sixth, loading the bases with no outs.

''It was the same command issues that were kind of haunting me all day,'' Odorizzi said. ''I was behind a lot of counts, even in the middle innings when I was going good. I just need to execute a little bit better.''

Matt Magill then came in and walked Niko Goodrum on four pitches, forcing in a run. After Victor Martinez bounced into a run-scoring double play, Jim Adduci hit a tying RBI single.

Trevor Hildenberger (3-3) relieved Taylor Rogers in the eighth and got James McCann on a grounder with two on to end the inning. He worked a scoreless ninth despite pinch-hitter Victor Reyes' leadoff single and a walk to Jose Iglesias.

WHEN THEY GO HIGH .

Wilson's last two pitches to Rosario were high. The first drew a bad swing and a miss from Rosario. The second? Not so much.

''I don't know if he was guessing neck-high fastball again, but he guessed right,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor quipped.

BULLPEN DAY

Tigers reliever Buck Farmer allowed two runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first start this season. He got the nod after the Tigers realized Jacob Turner didn't meet a 10-day wait requirement after being designated for assignment this month. On Saturday night, the Tigers said Turner would be called up from Triple-A to start.

Zac Reininger gave up the homers to Kepler and Cave before Daniel Stumpf threw two hitless innings.

''Our pitchers did what we hoped. They gave us an opportunity,'' Gardenhire said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Iglesias returned to the lineup after a few days off to rest a bruised right thumb. Iglesias hurt the thumb on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox and started Wednesday before being shut down, although he made one appearance off the bench.

Twins: Molitor said RHP Ervin Santana would see a hand specialist on Tuesday about the recurring finger discomfort that sidelined him for much of the season. Santana, who went on the 10-day DL on Sunday, had surgery on his right middle finger in February.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Open a two-game interleague series against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. Jordan Zimmermann (5-5) takes the mound for Detroit for his 18th start of the season.

Twins: Top prospect Stephen Gonsalves will make his major league debut on Monday against the Chicago White Sox. The left-hander, a fourth-round draft pick by the Twins in 2013, went 9-3 for Triple-A Rochester this year with a 2.96 ERA.

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DET51-74
010003000481
MIN59-64
00220001X570
  • W: T. Hildenberger (3-3)L: A. Wilson (1-4)
  • HR: MIN - E. Rosario (22), M. Kepler (16), J. Cave (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Candelario 3B41100111.226.315.405.7213.5
J. Iglesias SS31100200.265.309.389.6984.0
N. Castellanos RF41100104.290.343.490.8333.0
N. Goodrum 2B40010123.230.305.431.7371.0
V. Martinez DH41100012.248.299.339.6382.5
J. Adduci 1B40320010.291.315.430.7455.5
M. Mahtook LF30000112.184.257.280.5370.5
J. McCann C40000013.224.274.325.600-0.5
M. Gerber CF30000031.105.186.132.318-1.5
a- V. Reyes PH10100000.227.247.267.5131.0
  • a-singled for Gerber in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer DH40000023.276.354.379.733-1.0
E. Rosario LF31121010.294.333.498.8316.5
J. Polanco SS40110000.280.339.410.7493.0
M. Sano 3B30000111.224.299.438.7380.5
M. Kepler CF31111101.234.324.426.7507.0
L. Forsythe 2B30000103.244.306.323.6291.0
J. Cave RF31111022.275.308.463.7715.0
M. Garver C31100000.257.328.411.7392.0
T. Austin 1B31200000.250.304.521.8253.0
E. Adrianza PR-1B00000000.242.302.377.679-1.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Candelario (22), V. Martinez (17), J. Adduci (4)
    • RBI - N. Goodrum (41), J. Adduci 2 (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Adduci (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos 2 (2), N. Goodrum 3 (3), M. Mahtook, J. McCann 2 (2), M. Gerber
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Polanco (11)
    • HR - E. Rosario (22), M. Kepler (16), J. Cave (5)
    • SF - E. Rosario (2)
    • RBI - E. Rosario 2 (71), J. Polanco (21), M. Kepler (45), J. Cave (23)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Sano, J. Cave 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - E. Adrianza
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (McCann-Iglesias; Candelario-Adduci)
    • E - N. Goodrum (10)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Forsythe-Polanco-Austin)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Farmer2.12221204.471.562.0
    Z. Reininger1.23220028.181.82-2.0
    D. Stumpf2.00001306.591.906.5
    A. Wilson (L, 1-4)1.12111114.041.16-5.5
    L. Coleman0.20000003.521.300.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Farmer2.1
    Z. Reininger1.2
    D. Stumpf2.0
    A. Wilson (L, 1-4)1.1
    L. Coleman0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Odorizzi5.04442704.551.398.5
    M. Magill (BS, 1)2.02002203.681.323.0
    T. Rogers0.21000003.511.11-1.0
    T. Hildenberger (W, 3-3)1.11002104.481.317.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Odorizzi5.0
    M. Magill (BS, 1)2.0
    T. Rogers0.2
    T. Hildenberger (W, 3-3)1.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Farmer 41-29, Z. Reininger 30-18, D. Stumpf 27-15, A. Wilson 33-23, L. Coleman 2-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Farmer 3-2, Z. Reininger 3-2, D. Stumpf 1-2, A. Wilson 1-2, L. Coleman 1-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Farmer 10, Z. Reininger 8, D. Stumpf 7, A. Wilson 7, L. Coleman
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 99-59, M. Magill 39-20, T. Rogers 11-6, T. Hildenberger 29-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-5, M. Magill 3-0, T. Rogers 1-1, T. Hildenberger 3-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 21, M. Magill 9, T. Rogers 3, T. Hildenberger 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    010003000481
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    00220001X570
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Candelario 3B41100111.226.315.405.7213.5
    J. Iglesias SS31100200.265.309.389.6984.0
    N. Castellanos RF41100104.290.343.490.8333.0
    N. Goodrum 2B40010123.230.305.431.7371.0
    V. Martinez DH41100012.248.299.339.6382.5
    J. Adduci 1B40320010.291.315.430.7455.5
    M. Mahtook LF30000112.184.257.280.5370.5
    J. McCann C40000013.224.274.325.600-0.5
    M. Gerber CF30000031.105.186.132.318-1.5
    a- V. Reyes PH10100000.227.247.267.5131.0
    Total34483061016-----
    • a-singled for Gerber in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer DH40000023.276.354.379.733-1.0
    E. Rosario LF31121010.294.333.498.8316.5
    J. Polanco SS40110000.280.339.410.7493.0
    M. Sano 3B30000111.224.299.438.7380.5
    M. Kepler CF31111101.234.324.426.7507.0
    L. Forsythe 2B30000103.244.306.323.6291.0
    J. Cave RF31111022.275.308.463.7715.0
    M. Garver C31100000.257.328.411.7392.0
    T. Austin 1B31200000.250.304.521.8253.0
    E. Adrianza PR-1B00000000.242.302.377.679-1.0
    Total2957533610-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Candelario (22), V. Martinez (17), J. Adduci (4)
      • RBI - N. Goodrum (41), J. Adduci 2 (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Adduci (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos 2 (2), N. Goodrum 3 (3), M. Mahtook, J. McCann 2 (2), M. Gerber
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Polanco (11)
      • HR - E. Rosario (22), M. Kepler (16), J. Cave (5)
      • SF - E. Rosario (2)
      • RBI - E. Rosario 2 (71), J. Polanco (21), M. Kepler (45), J. Cave (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Sano, J. Cave 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - E. Adrianza
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (McCann-Iglesias; Candelario-Adduci)
      • E - N. Goodrum (10)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Forsythe-Polanco-Austin)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Farmer2.12221204.471.562.0
      Z. Reininger1.23220028.181.82-2.0
      D. Stumpf2.00001306.591.906.5
      A. Wilson (L, 1-4)1.12111114.041.16-5.5
      L. Coleman0.20000003.521.300.0
      Total8.0755363---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Farmer2.1
      Z. Reininger1.2
      D. Stumpf2.0
      A. Wilson (L, 1-4)1.1
      L. Coleman0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi5.04442704.551.398.5
      M. Magill (BS, 1)2.02002203.681.323.0
      T. Rogers0.21000003.511.11-1.0
      T. Hildenberger (W, 3-3)1.11002104.481.317.5
      Total9.08446100---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi5.0
      M. Magill (BS, 1)2.0
      T. Rogers0.2
      T. Hildenberger (W, 3-3)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Farmer 41-29, Z. Reininger 30-18, D. Stumpf 27-15, A. Wilson 33-23, L. Coleman 2-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Farmer 3-2, Z. Reininger 3-2, D. Stumpf 1-2, A. Wilson 1-2, L. Coleman 1-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Farmer 10, Z. Reininger 8, D. Stumpf 7, A. Wilson 7, L. Coleman
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 99-59, M. Magill 39-20, T. Rogers 11-6, T. Hildenberger 29-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-5, M. Magill 3-0, T. Rogers 1-1, T. Hildenberger 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 21, M. Magill 9, T. Rogers 3, T. Hildenberger 7
      • 8TH INNING
        Rosario homered to right45
      • 6TH INNING
        Adduci singled to shallow center, Castellanos scored44
        Martinez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Iglesias scored, Castellanos to third, Goodrum out at second34
        Goodrum walked, Candelario scored, Iglesias to third, Castellanos to second24
      • 4TH INNING
        Cave homered to center14
        Kepler homered to right center13
      • 3RD INNING
        Polanco doubled to deep center, Austin scored12
        Rosario hit sacrifice fly to right, Garver scored, Austin to third11
      • 2ND INNING
        Adduci doubled to right, Martinez scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Victor Reyes hit for Mike Gerber
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes singled to right
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Candelario grounded out to first, Reyes to second
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias walked
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos grounded out to first, Reyes to third, Iglesias to second
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Matt Magill
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Goodrum grounded out to shortstop
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Martinez flied out to center
        • J. Adduci: Ball, Ball, Adduci reached on an infield single to second
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Taylor Rogers
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mahtook walked, Adduci to second
        • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Wilson Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario homered to right
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Polanco lined out to right
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sano walked
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Kepler reached on fielder's choice to second, Sano to second on 2nd baseman Goodrum throwing error
        • Louis Coleman relieved Alex Wilson
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Forsythe grounded into double play third to first, Sano out at third
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Magill Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, McCann grounded out to third
        • M. Gerber: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gerber struck out looking
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Iglesias singled to right center, Candelario to third
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castellanos grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Alex Wilson relieved Daniel Stumpf
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Garver flied out to right
        • T. Austin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Austin singled to shallow center
        • Ehire Adrianza ran for Tyler Austin
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging, Adrianza caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario doubled to right
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Iglesias walked
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked, Candelario to third, Iglesias to second
        • Matt Magill relieved Jake Odorizzi
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodrum walked, Candelario scored, Iglesias to third, Castellanos to second
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Iglesias scored, Castellanos to third, Goodrum out at second
        • J. Adduci: Adduci singled to shallow center, Castellanos scored
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Stumpf Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Ball, Kepler fouled out to third
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Forsythe walked
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mahtook flied out to shallow right
        • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Foul, McCann lined out to second
        • M. Gerber: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gerber struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Daniel Stumpf relieved Zac Reininger
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Mauer struck out on foul tip
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario lined out to center
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Goodrum flied out to deep left
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Reininger Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kepler homered to right center
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Cave: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cave homered to center
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Garver grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Austin: Strike swinging, Austin popped out to second
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castellanos grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Farmer Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garver singled to right
        • T. Austin: Austin singled to shallow left, Garver to second
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mauer grounded out to first, Garver to third, Austin to second
        • Zac Reininger relieved Buck Farmer
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario hit sacrifice fly to right, Garver scored, Austin to third
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Polanco doubled to deep center, Austin scored
        • M. Sano: Sano grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez doubled to deep right
        • J. Adduci: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Adduci doubled to right, Martinez scored
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mahtook fouled out to first
        • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • M. Gerber: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gerber struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Farmer Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sano flied out to left
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kepler walked
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Foul, Forsythe flied out to center
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Cave struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Candelario grounded out to third
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Iglesias flied out to right
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Castellanos singled to center
        • N. Goodrum: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Goodrum struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Farmer Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to second
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)