Rosario's 2-run homer in 10th gives Twins 3-1 win vs. Padres

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Eddie Rosario has emerged down the stretch of his third season as one of Minnesota's most productive players.

These Twins have sure matured quickly, coming off that club-worst 59-103 record in 2016.

Rosario hit a towering two-run home run with two outs in the 10th inning to send the Twins to a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night to maintain their two-game lead for the second AL wild card spot.

''He's been on such a great roll, and he's such a gamer,'' reliever Matt Belisle said.

After Joe Mauer hit a one-out single off Phil Maton (3-1), Rosario sent a 2-0 pitch soaring into the right-field seats that sailed just inside the foul pole. He raced around the bases with fists pumped to find a mob of teammates waiting for him at the plate in celebration of the team's fourth walk-off win this season, dumping a bucket of water on his head after his 23rd homer.

''It's the moment for every player like that,'' Rosario said.

Rosario has 12 home runs and 33 RBIs in his last 35 games, with a .292 batting average and 69 RBIs for the season. The native of Puerto Rico has speed on the bases and range in the field, but he has become more patient at the plate to supplement his natural skills.

Rosario also manufactured Minnesota's only run against starter Dinelson Lamet with a leadoff double in the second inning, advancing on a wild pitch and scoring when Austin Hedges threw wildly past third base and into left field for an error.

''He's reaching some highs in a lot of offensive categories, but I think his overall game has come a long way,'' manager Paul Molitor said.

Belisle (2-2) retired all five batters he faced for the Twins, who improved to 15-5 all-time against the Padres. They lead the Los Angeles Angels by two games and the Seattle Mariners by 3 1/2 games, with 17 games to go.

''We've thought we've had something special since the All-Star break, so our mindset really has not changed,'' Belisle said. ''Nobody's really concerned about the standings. We're just concerned about each nine-inning game that's in front of us, and I know it sounds cliche, but the guys are doing such a good job of embracing that, and that's what special about this club.''

Hedges homered for San Diego to tie the game in the eighth inning, but with runners at first and second in the ninth he flied out.

''It's a big swing that gave us an opportunity to come back and win the baseball game,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. ''We just couldn't cash anybody in.''

Ervin Santana gave the Twins six scoreless innings, with only three hits and one walk allowed while striking out seven. Santana has five complete games this season, with 100-plus pitches thrown in 17 of 30 starts, but Molitor decided to pull him after 93 pitches with an eye toward freshness in the final two weeks.

Trevor Hildenberger, the rookie who has deftly filled a need in the bullpen during the second half since his recall from Triple-A, recorded four outs until Hedges took him deep into the flowers behind the left-center field wall.

READY ROOKIE

The Padres have used 13 starting pitchers this year, but Lamet has been a big help. The 25-year-old left-hander from the Dominican Republic, who joined the rotation in late May, has logged 10 straight turns with three or fewer runs allowed and a total of just 16 runs surrendered in that span.

Lamet has 128 strikeouts in 104 innings for a per-nine innings average that entering the game ranked as the fourth-best by a rookie in major league history and third this season in the NL. Lamet pitched into the seventh, allowing five hits and two walks with one run while striking out five.

''Another step in the right direction,'' Green said. ''More of the same: good slider and good fastball.''

REJOINING THE ROTATION

The Twins reinstated LHP Adalberto Mejia from the DL, where he's been for more than a month because of an upper arm strain. He'll start on Saturday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: LF Jose Pirela was out of the lineup for a second straight game, due to a sprained pinkie on his left hand from sliding into a base on Sunday. He entered in the ninth inning as a pinch runner.

Twins: 3B Miguel Sano was ''a little sore'' after his batting practice session on Tuesday, according to Molitor. Sano has missed 24 straight games with a stress reaction in his left shin, with 17 games remaining in the regular season. ''I don't think it's imminent, but he's making progress,'' Molitor said.

UP NEXT

Padres: After a day off on Thursday, the trip resumes in Colorado on Friday for a three-game series with LHP Clayton Richard (7-13, 4.78 ERA) taking his turn for the Padres and RHP Tyler Chatwood (7-12, 4.70 ERA) taking the mound for the Rockies.

Twins: RHP Jose Berrios (12-7, 3.94 ERA) starts the opener of a four-game series against Toronto. Berrios is 7-0 in his last seven starts at home, with 47 strikeouts and a 2.45 ERA in 47 2/3 innings with just 34 hits and seven walks allowed. LHP Brett Anderson (3-3, 5.90) takes the mound for the Blue Jays.

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PadresSD65-81
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TwinsMIN76-69
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  • W: M. Belisle (2-2)L: P. Maton (3-1)
  • HR: SD - A. Hedges (17), MIN - E. Rosario (23)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Margot CF40100110.268.317.421.7381.5
C. Asuaje 2B50100012.275.343.376.7191.5
Y. Solarte 3B50100002.253.319.413.7321.0
W. Myers 1B40100023.244.327.461.7881.0
H. Sanchez DH40100001.230.258.452.7101.0
J. Pirela DH00000000.288.347.490.837-1.0
C. Spangenberg LF40100011.264.318.409.7270.5
E. Aybar SS20000200.236.302.360.6624.0
J. Blash RF40000014.206.331.348.679-0.5
A. Hedges C41111022.211.255.393.6485.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Dozier 2B40000122.259.346.480.8270.0
    J. Mauer 1B51300011.306.387.418.8052.5
    J. Polanco SS40200012.259.314.416.7311.5
    E. Rosario RF42221102.292.329.506.83611.0
    B. Buxton CF40100024.251.312.412.7240.0
    M. Kepler RF30100002.246.316.427.7431.0
    a- E. Adrianza LF10000002.273.335.388.7240.0
    E. Escobar 3B40100012.256.313.450.7630.5
    J. Castro C30000010.236.330.387.7160.5
    R. Grossman DH40000013.252.373.399.771-0.5
    • a-grounded out for Kepler in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Asuaje (12), W. Myers (25)
    • HR - A. Hedges (17)
    • RBI - A. Hedges (52)
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Rosario (30)
    • HR - E. Rosario (23)
    • SH - J. Polanco (7)
    • RBI - E. Rosario 2 (69)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario 2 (25)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - E. Aybar (8)
    • CS - J. Pirela (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - J. Mauer
    FIELDING
    • DP - W. Myers, A. Hedges, E. Aybar
    • E - A. Hedges (10)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Lamet6.05112504.151.2015.5
    B. Baumann0.21000001.321.02-1.0
    C. Stammen0.10000103.121.150.5
    K. Yates0.22000103.981.15-1.5
    B. Hand1.10000102.330.953.5
    P. Maton (L, 3-1)0.22220114.621.32-8.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Lamet6.0
    B. Baumann0.2
    C. Stammen0.1
    K. Yates0.2
    B. Hand1.1
    P. Maton (L, 3-1)0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Santana6.03001703.351.1320.5
    T. Hildenberger (BS, 2)1.11111112.450.980.5
    T. Rogers0.11000003.271.30-1.0
    A. Busenitz0.22001001.780.99-3.0
    M. Belisle (W, 2-2)1.20000004.231.2110.0
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Santana6.0
    T. Hildenberger (BS, 2)1.1
    T. Rogers0.1
    A. Busenitz0.2
    M. Belisle (W, 2-2)1.2
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. Lamet (9)
    • HBP - B. Baumann (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Lamet 85-55, B. Baumann 7-4, C. Stammen 6-4, K. Yates 11-8, B. Hand 19-10, P. Maton 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Lamet 6-6, B. Baumann 1-0, B. Hand 2-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Lamet 24, B. Baumann 3, C. Stammen, K. Yates 4, B. Hand 4, P. Maton 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Santana 93-59, T. Hildenberger 19-9, T. Rogers 9-5, A. Busenitz 20-13, M. Belisle 16-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Santana 5-6, T. Hildenberger 2-1, T. Rogers 1-0, M. Belisle 2-3
    • Batters Faced - E. Santana 22, T. Hildenberger 6, T. Rogers 2, A. Busenitz 4, M. Belisle 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    PadresSD65-81
    000000100171
    TwinsMIN76-69
    1000000023100
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Margot CF40100110.268.317.421.7381.5
    C. Asuaje 2B50100012.275.343.376.7191.5
    Y. Solarte 3B50100002.253.319.413.7321.0
    W. Myers 1B40100023.244.327.461.7881.0
    H. Sanchez DH40100001.230.258.452.7101.0
    J. Pirela DH00000000.288.347.490.837-1.0
    C. Spangenberg LF40100011.264.318.409.7270.5
    E. Aybar SS20000200.236.302.360.6624.0
    J. Blash RF40000014.206.331.348.679-0.5
    A. Hedges C41111022.211.255.393.6485.0
    Total3617113815-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Dozier 2B40000122.259.346.480.8270.0
      J. Mauer 1B51300011.306.387.418.8052.5
      J. Polanco SS40200012.259.314.416.7311.5
      E. Rosario RF42221102.292.329.506.83611.0
      B. Buxton CF40100024.251.312.412.7240.0
      M. Kepler RF30100002.246.316.427.7431.0
      a- E. Adrianza LF10000002.273.335.388.7240.0
      E. Escobar 3B40100012.256.313.450.7630.5
      J. Castro C30000010.236.330.387.7160.5
      R. Grossman DH40000013.252.373.399.771-0.5
      Total36310212920-----
      • a-grounded out for Kepler in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Asuaje (12), W. Myers (25)
      • HR - A. Hedges (17)
      • RBI - A. Hedges (52)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Rosario (30)
      • HR - E. Rosario (23)
      • SH - J. Polanco (7)
      • RBI - E. Rosario 2 (69)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario 2 (25)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Aybar (8)
      • CS - J. Pirela (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Mauer
      FIELDING
      • DP - W. Myers, A. Hedges, E. Aybar
      • E - A. Hedges (10)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Lamet6.05112504.151.2015.5
      B. Baumann0.21000001.321.02-1.0
      C. Stammen0.10000103.121.150.5
      K. Yates0.22000103.981.15-1.5
      B. Hand1.10000102.330.953.5
      P. Maton (L, 3-1)0.22220114.621.32-8.5
      Total9.21033291---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Lamet6.0
      B. Baumann0.2
      C. Stammen0.1
      K. Yates0.2
      B. Hand1.1
      P. Maton (L, 3-1)0.2
      Total9.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Santana6.03001703.351.1320.5
      T. Hildenberger (BS, 2)1.11111112.450.980.5
      T. Rogers0.11000003.271.30-1.0
      A. Busenitz0.22001001.780.99-3.0
      M. Belisle (W, 2-2)1.20000004.231.2110.0
      Total10.0711381---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Santana6.0
      T. Hildenberger (BS, 2)1.1
      T. Rogers0.1
      A. Busenitz0.2
      M. Belisle (W, 2-2)1.2
      Total10.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Lamet (9)
      • HBP - B. Baumann (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Lamet 85-55, B. Baumann 7-4, C. Stammen 6-4, K. Yates 11-8, B. Hand 19-10, P. Maton 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Lamet 6-6, B. Baumann 1-0, B. Hand 2-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Lamet 24, B. Baumann 3, C. Stammen, K. Yates 4, B. Hand 4, P. Maton 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Santana 93-59, T. Hildenberger 19-9, T. Rogers 9-5, A. Busenitz 20-13, M. Belisle 16-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Santana 5-6, T. Hildenberger 2-1, T. Rogers 1-0, M. Belisle 2-3
      • Batters Faced - E. Santana 22, T. Hildenberger 6, T. Rogers 2, A. Busenitz 4, M. Belisle 5
      • 10TH INNING
        Rosario homered to right, Mauer scored13
      • 8TH INNING
        Hedges homered to left center11
      • 10TH INNING
        • M. Belisle Pitching:
        • M. Margot: Ball, Strike looking, Margot grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Asuaje: Strike looking, Asuaje grounded out to second
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Foul, Solarte flied out to right
        • Middle of the 10th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Phil Maton relieved Brad Hand
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Mauer singled to center
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Polanco fouled out to third
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Rosario homered to right, Mauer scored
      • 9TH INNING
        • A. Busenitz Pitching:
        • H. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez singled to shallow center
        • Jose Pirela ran for Hector Sanchez
        • C. Spangenberg: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pirela caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Foul, Spangenberg singled to right
        • E. Aybar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Aybar walked, Spangenberg to second
        • Matt Belisle relieved Alan Busenitz
        • J. Blash: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Blash flied out to center
        • A. Hedges: Strike swinging, Ball, Hedges flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Hand Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Castro popped out to first
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • T. Hildenberger Pitching:
        • J. Blash: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Blash struck out swinging
        • A. Hedges: Ball, Hedges homered to left center
        • M. Margot: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Margot walked
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Trevor Hildenberger
        • C. Asuaje: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Asuaje reached on fielder's choice to second, Margot out at second
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Solarte singled to right, Asuaje to third
        • Alan Busenitz relieved Taylor Rogers
        • W. Myers: Strike swinging, Foul, Myers flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Kirby Yates relieved Craig Stammen
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
        • J. Polanco: Polanco singled to shallow right
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Rosario flied out to left
        • B. Buxton: Pickoff attempt, Buxton reached on bunt single to shortstop, Polanco to second
        • Brad Hand relieved Kirby Yates
        • Ehire Adrianza hit for Max Kepler
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adrianza grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Ervin Santana
        • H. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Sanchez flied out to deep left
        • C. Spangenberg: Spangenberg grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • E. Aybar: Ball, Aybar grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Lamet Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler singled to deep right
        • E. Escobar: Pickoff attempt
        • Escobar reached on an infield single to pitcher, Kepler to second
        • J. Castro: Ball, Castro hit by pitch, Kepler to third, Escobar to second
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Grossman grounded into double play shortstop to catcher to first, Kepler out at home, Escobar to third, Castro to second
        • Craig Stammen relieved Buddy Baumann
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • M. Margot: Strike looking, Margot singled to right center
        • C. Asuaje: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Asuaje grounded out to second, Margot to second
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Solarte flied out to right
        • W. Myers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Lamet Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Mauer reached on an infield single to second
        • J. Polanco: Polanco hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Mauer to second
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario grounded out to second, Mauer to third
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • E. Aybar: Aybar flied out to left
        • J. Blash: Strike looking, Ball, Blash flied out to right
        • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Lamet Pitching:
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Castro grounded out to first
        • R. Grossman: Foul, Grossman flied out to deep center
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • W. Myers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
        • H. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sanchez flied out to left
        • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Spangenberg grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Lamet Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco singled to center
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rosario walked, Polanco to second
        • B. Buxton: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kepler lined out to center
        • E. Escobar: Escobar flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • A. Hedges: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
        • M. Margot: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Margot struck out looking
        • C. Asuaje: Asuaje doubled to center
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Solarte grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Lamet Pitching:
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Foul, Ball, Grossman popped out to third
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
        • J. Mauer: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • W. Myers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Myers doubled to shallow left
        • H. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez grounded out to pitcher, Myers to third
        • C. Spangenberg: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
        • E. Aybar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Aybar walked
        • J. Blash: Ball, Aybar stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Blash lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Lamet Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario doubled to deep center
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Buxton lined out to center
        • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario stole third, Foul, Kepler grounded out to second
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • M. Margot: Ball, Foul, Margot popped out to third
        • C. Asuaje: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Asuaje struck out swinging
        • Y. Solarte: Solarte grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Lamet Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Dozier flied out to deep right
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer singled to left
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Mauer caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)