Castro's hit starts rally, leads Tigers past Twins 4-2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Harold Castro completed the minor league season and was home in Venezuela spending time with his son and focusing on the offseason when he got a surprise phone call to return and play with the Detroit Tigers.

Castro's first career hit started an eighth-inning rally that led the Tigers to a 4-2 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday in a game in which Joe Mauer set the Twins' record for reaching base.

''I was relaxing with my son,'' Castro said. ''I was taking time with him because of eight months here. I was eating with him when I received the call to the major leagues.''

Mauer singled in the first inning, reaching base for the 3,073 time in his career and surpassing Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. Mauer stood at first base and waved his hat to the home crowd after the feat was acknowledged on the Target Field video board.

''You mention Harmon and you mention Kirby (Puckett) and mention Tony (Oliva) and some of the other greats, to be up there with them is very special and humbling,'' Mauer said. ''It kind of really didn't hit me until the second half. It was a nice moment.''

Detroit selected Castro's contract from Triple-A Toledo last week and made the call to Venezuela for him to return and play the final week of the season. He made his first career start in his second game, and singled to start a four-run rally in the eighth inning for the Tigers.

Castro stole second base and scored on Nicholas Castellanos' RBI single. Niko Goodrum added an RBI single and James McCann capped the inning with a two-run double.

''We saw him in spring training, he can pick it,'' Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We needed an infielder desperately. Well, if we're going to make him go through all that, he's going to play. He's going to get a chance to play and then, lucky for us, he got his first major league hit.''

Victor Alcantara (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless inning in relief of starter Spencer Turnbull, who allowed one run in six innings in his second major league start. Shane Greene earned his 32nd save.

Twins reliever Trevor Hildenberger (4-6) surrendered four runs and retired one batter while giving up three hits and a walk.

Mauer finished with two hits, a walk and two runs scored. Mauer could be playing his final homestand after 15 seasons with Minnesota. He is a free agent after the season and has said he'll decide after the season whether to retire.

''They grabbed the base and the ball,'' Mauer said of setting the record. ''I was telling (senior director of communications Dustin Morse) that I'll have the team keep the base and I'll take the ball. It's kind of fun to get some of these mementos from these days.''

POTENT PRIMARY

Kohl Stewart pitched six scoreless innings as the Twins' ''primary'' pitcher. He gave up two hits and struck out five batters after Gabriel Moya started and pitched one inning. Minnesota is 3-4 in games in which it's used an opener.

Stewart has thrown 12 straight scoreless innings and has allowed just three runs in 20 1/3 innings in four games as one of the team's primary pitchers.

''You're trying to get these guys out on positive notes, and he did really well,'' manager Paul Molitor said. ''He's done a nice job of adapting to the primary role of coming in, and the last few outings have been really good.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: CF JaCoby Jones was back in the lineup after missing Sunday's game with a shoulder injury.

Twins: Molitor reiterated that OF Eddie Rosario's season is done because of a right quadriceps injury. ... Molitor is hopeful Miguel Sano, who has played just one game since Sept. 4 because of a bruised leg, can still return this season. ... C Mitch Garver has cleared concussion tests. Garver has been out since Sept. 12. ... RHP Aaron Slegers was activated off the disabled list after recovering from right shoulder inflammation.

UP NEXT

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (7-10, 4.35 ERA) will make his 30th start of the season for Minnesota on Wednesday. Detroit will counter with left-hander Matt Boyd (9-12, 4.16), who is making his 31st start of the year in the middle of the three-game series. Odorizzi is coming off back-to-back quality starts for the first time this season after beating the Tigers on Sept. 18. He allowed two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings. Boyd had his shortest outing of the year in his last start, giving up five runs - two earned - in 1 1/3 innings against Kansas City. He's 1-2 with a 3.80 ERA against the Twins this season.

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DET64-93
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MIN72-84
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  • W: V. Alcantara (1-0)L: T. Hildenberger (4-6)S: S. Greene (32)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Candelario 3B40100111.226.317.401.7181.5
C. Stewart LF30000112.226.339.358.6970.5
V. Reyes PR-LF01000000.228.245.296.5411.0
N. Castellanos RF41110002.301.357.502.8593.0
N. Goodrum 1B40110004.241.313.433.7452.0
M. Mahtook DH41000006.209.280.374.6541.0
J. McCann C40120020.214.261.310.5713.0
J. Jones CF40100011.214.267.376.6442.5
D. Lugo 2B40000021.188.226.238.464-1.0
P. Kozma SS00000000.197.222.328.5500.0
H. Castro SS-2B41100011.250.250.250.5003.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B42200101.278.346.375.7225.0
    J. Polanco SS50210032.282.338.422.7602.5
    J. Cave CF40210012.264.306.468.7742.5
    R. Grossman LF40000023.267.355.381.736-1.0
    T. Austin DH40100011.230.283.474.7570.5
    M. Kepler RF30000100.222.318.404.7221.0
    L. Forsythe 2B30000103.235.312.297.6101.0
    E. Adrianza 3B40100001.256.305.387.6921.0
    W. Astudillo C40100001.333.351.507.8571.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. McCann (16)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos (87), N. Goodrum (48), J. McCann 2 (37)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. McCann 2 (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Mahtook 4 (4), J. Jones, H. Castro
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Polanco (17)
      • RBI - J. Polanco (37), J. Cave (41)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, J. Cave, R. Grossman, T. Austin, L. Forsythe 3 (3), E. Adrianza, W. Astudillo
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Jones (12), H. Castro
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Castro-Goodrum)
      • E - J. McCann (5)
      FIELDING
      • E - E. Adrianza (9), W. Astudillo (3), L. Forsythe (11)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Turnbull6.06111505.731.2715.5
      V. Alcantara (W, 1-0)1.00000002.171.0310.0
      J. Jimenez (H, 23)0.23111104.311.20-4.5
      A. Wilson (H, 14)0.10000003.471.090.0
      S. Greene (S, 32)1.00001105.121.379.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Turnbull6.0
      V. Alcantara (W, 1-0)1.0
      J. Jimenez (H, 23)0.2
      A. Wilson (H, 14)0.1
      S. Greene (S, 32)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Moya1.00001004.721.312.0
      K. Stewart6.02000503.681.4221.5
      T. Hildenberger (L, 4-6) (BS, 4)0.13441105.251.36-12.5
      T. May0.21000103.421.10-0.5
      O. Drake1.00000105.521.473.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Moya1.0
      K. Stewart6.0
      T. Hildenberger (L, 4-6) (BS, 4)0.1
      T. May0.2
      O. Drake1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Turnbull, J. Jimenez (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 99-65, V. Alcantara 6-4, J. Jimenez 30-21, A. Wilson 6-4, S. Greene 17-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 6-6, V. Alcantara 1-2, S. Greene 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 24, V. Alcantara 3, J. Jimenez 6, A. Wilson, S. Greene 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Moya 21-9, K. Stewart 75-48, T. Hildenberger 22-12, T. May 16-10, O. Drake 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Moya 1-3, K. Stewart 6-8, T. May 1-0, O. Drake 1-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Moya 5, K. Stewart 21, T. Hildenberger 5, T. May 3, O. Drake 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      DET64-93
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Candelario 3B40100111.226.317.401.7181.5
      C. Stewart LF30000112.226.339.358.6970.5
      V. Reyes PR-LF01000000.228.245.296.5411.0
      N. Castellanos RF41110002.301.357.502.8593.0
      N. Goodrum 1B40110004.241.313.433.7452.0
      M. Mahtook DH41000006.209.280.374.6541.0
      J. McCann C40120020.214.261.310.5713.0
      J. Jones CF40100011.214.267.376.6442.5
      D. Lugo 2B40000021.188.226.238.464-1.0
      P. Kozma SS00000000.197.222.328.5500.0
      H. Castro SS-2B41100011.250.250.250.5003.5
      Total3546402818-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Mauer 1B42200101.278.346.375.7225.0
        J. Polanco SS50210032.282.338.422.7602.5
        J. Cave CF40210012.264.306.468.7742.5
        R. Grossman LF40000023.267.355.381.736-1.0
        T. Austin DH40100011.230.283.474.7570.5
        M. Kepler RF30000100.222.318.404.7221.0
        L. Forsythe 2B30000103.235.312.297.6101.0
        E. Adrianza 3B40100001.256.305.387.6921.0
        W. Astudillo C40100001.333.351.507.8571.0
        Total3529203714-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. McCann (16)
          • RBI - N. Castellanos (87), N. Goodrum (48), J. McCann 2 (37)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. McCann 2 (9)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Mahtook 4 (4), J. Jones, H. Castro
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Polanco (17)
          • RBI - J. Polanco (37), J. Cave (41)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, J. Cave, R. Grossman, T. Austin, L. Forsythe 3 (3), E. Adrianza, W. Astudillo
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Jones (12), H. Castro
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Castro-Goodrum)
          • E - J. McCann (5)
          FIELDING
          • E - E. Adrianza (9), W. Astudillo (3), L. Forsythe (11)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Turnbull6.06111505.731.2715.5
          V. Alcantara (W, 1-0)1.00000002.171.0310.0
          J. Jimenez (H, 23)0.23111104.311.20-4.5
          A. Wilson (H, 14)0.10000003.471.090.0
          S. Greene (S, 32)1.00001105.121.379.5
          Total9.0922370---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Turnbull6.0
          V. Alcantara (W, 1-0)1.0
          J. Jimenez (H, 23)0.2
          A. Wilson (H, 14)0.1
          S. Greene (S, 32)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Moya1.00001004.721.312.0
          K. Stewart6.02000503.681.4221.5
          T. Hildenberger (L, 4-6) (BS, 4)0.13441105.251.36-12.5
          T. May0.21000103.421.10-0.5
          O. Drake1.00000105.521.473.5
          Total9.0644280---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Moya1.0
          K. Stewart6.0
          T. Hildenberger (L, 4-6) (BS, 4)0.1
          T. May0.2
          O. Drake1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - S. Turnbull, J. Jimenez (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 99-65, V. Alcantara 6-4, J. Jimenez 30-21, A. Wilson 6-4, S. Greene 17-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 6-6, V. Alcantara 1-2, S. Greene 1-1
          • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 24, V. Alcantara 3, J. Jimenez 6, A. Wilson, S. Greene 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Moya 21-9, K. Stewart 75-48, T. Hildenberger 22-12, T. May 16-10, O. Drake 18-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Moya 1-3, K. Stewart 6-8, T. May 1-0, O. Drake 1-1
          • Batters Faced - G. Moya 5, K. Stewart 21, T. Hildenberger 5, T. May 3, O. Drake 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Cave singled to center, Mauer scored42
            McCann doubled to deep right, Castellanos and Mahtook scored41
            Goodrum singled to center, Reyes scored, Castellanos to second21
            Castellanos singled to left center, Castro scored, Reyes to third11
          • 1ST INNING
            Polanco doubled to deep right center, Mauer scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Oliver Drake relieved Trevor May
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Lugo struck out looking
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Candelario flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Pete Kozma at shortstop
            • Shane Greene relieved Alex Wilson
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Adrianza lined out to second
            • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Astudillo grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Kohl Stewart
            • H. Castro: Castro singled to right center
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Castro stole second
            • C. Stewart: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stewart walked
            • Victor Reyes ran for Christin Stewart
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Castellanos singled to left center, Castro scored, Reyes to third
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Foul, Goodrum singled to center, Reyes scored, Castellanos to second
            • Trevor May relieved Trevor Hildenberger
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mahtook reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castellanos to third, Goodrum out at second
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, McCann doubled to deep right, Castellanos and Mahtook scored
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Victor Alcantara
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mauer singled to right center
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer to third on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Polanco struck out on foul tip
            • J. Cave: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Cave singled to center, Mauer scored
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Grossman popped out to shortstop
            • T. Austin: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Austin singled to left, Cave to third
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked, Austin to second
            • Alex Wilson relieved Joe Jimenez
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Forsythe lined out to center
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • J. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Jones grounded out to second
            • D. Lugo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Victor Alcantara relieved Spencer Turnbull
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Adrianza lined out to third
            • W. Astudillo: Astudillo flied out to deep center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Candelario singled to right
            • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Stewart struck out looking
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castellanos reached on fielder's choice to second, Candelario to second on 2nd baseman Forsythe fielding error
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodrum flied out to center
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Foul, Foul, Mahtook lined out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
            • T. Austin: Austin grounded out to third
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler flied out to deep center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Jones grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Foul, Lugo lined out to left
            • H. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Astudillo singled to center
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to shortstop, Astudillo out at second
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco singled to right
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Cave grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Goodrum lined out to right
            • M. Mahtook: Strike swinging, Mahtook grounded out to shortstop
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, McCann flied out to right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • T. Austin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Austin lined out to center
            • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Kepler flied out to center
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe walked
            • E. Adrianza: Adrianza grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • K. Stewart Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Candelario lined out to center
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Stewart lined out to left
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Castellanos grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer lined out to left
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • J. Cave: Cave singled to right center
            • R. Grossman: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Grossman popped out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Kohl Stewart relieved Gabriel Moya
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • J. Jones: Jones singled to right center
            • D. Lugo: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Jones stole second, Jones stole third, Lugo reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Jones out at third
            • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Castro lined out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler grounded out to pitcher
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Forsythe grounded out to pitcher
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Adrianza singled to deep right center
            • W. Astudillo: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Astudillo lined out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • G. Moya Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Candelario walked
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Stewart popped out to second
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castellanos reached on fielder's choice to third, Candelario to second on 3rd baseman Adrianza throwing error
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum flied out to right
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook popped out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer singled to deep left
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Mauer to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Polanco doubled to deep right center, Mauer scored
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • R. Grossman: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Grossman struck out on foul tip
            • T. Austin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)