Astudillo drives in career-high 4 as Twins top Tigers 9-3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Willians Astudillo has quickly become a fan favorite in Minnesota. Games like the one Astudillo had Thursday only help add to the reputation of the player affectionately known as ''La Tortuga.''

Astudillo had a career-high four RBIs, Tyler Austin added three and the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3.

Astudillo, playing in his 26th big league game, capped Minnesota's five-run third inning when his two-out single drove in a pair of runs to give the Twins the lead. He also added a two-run double in the fifth.

''I'm just trying to go out there and try to swing at good pitches and it's working out for me so far,'' Astudillo said through a translator. ''Just swinging at good pitches, and thankfully I'm executing.''

Minnesota took two of three against Detroit in the final series between the teams this year. The Twins won the season series 12-7.

Tigers starter Francisco Liriano (5-12) left after just 2 1/3 innings due to lower back tightness. The former Twin exited with the bases loaded and wound up being charged with four runs.

''He was having a hard time breathing out there,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''He was trying not to land hard on his front foot, every time he landed hard on his front foot, he felt shooting pain. Just got to get him out of the game.''

It was Liriano's shortest start since the last time he faced the Twins back on Aug. 16, when he went just 1 2/3 innings.

''This is not the way you want to finish the year, especially when you're going to be a free agent,'' Liriano said. ''Very disappointed. I tried to pitch through it, but it didn't get better, it was getting worse.''

Austin tied the game in the third with a double that scored Joe Mauer and Logan Forsythe. He also plated Forsythe in the fifth inning with a ground-rule double.

Astudillo has put together some impressive numbers since debuting with Minnesota in late June. Including Thursday's two-hit, four-RBI game, Astudillo is now batting .357 with 19 RBIs. In the last two weeks, Astudillo is hitting .415 (22 for 53) and has 15 RBIs in that span.

With a roster very much in question heading into the offseason, Astudillo is doing what he can to make a case for a roster spot in 2019.

''It's important, these guys that are trying to get at least somewhat established,'' said Twins manager Paul Molitor. ''It takes longer than a month to get yourself on the map, but you can make an impression.''

The versatile Astudillo also struck out on a check swing in the second inning, just the third time on what was his 83rd plate appearance that he's struck out with the Twins.

''He doesn't get to two strikes all that often,'' Molitor said. ''I was surprised to see a couple three-ball counts today. Liriano's slider got him.''

The Tigers threatened in the fifth with the bases loaded and one out. Minnesota reliever Matt Magill recorded two big outs to end the inning. Magill struck out Grayson Greiner looking before getting JaCoby Jones to go down swinging for the third out.

Minnesota once again employed the opening pitcher strategy, with Gabriel Moya tossing just the first inning. The lefty gave up the game's first run on a sacrifice fly by Nicholas Castellanos.

Stephen Gonsalves (2-2) took over for Moya in the second and pitched 3 1/3 innings. Gonsalves was tagged for a pair of runs on three hits and four walks but earned his second career win.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Molitor didn't sound optimistic that 3B Miguel Sano (leg) would return in the team's final few games this season. ''Each day it's looking less and less,'' Molitor said. ''He's not really changing how he's feeling, and I'm certainly not going to be someone to push him out there if he's not comfortable playing.'' Sano last played on Sept. 18.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann starts Friday's game against the Brewers at Miller Park. He's winless in his last three outings.

Twins: RHP Jose Berrios (11-11, 3.93 ERA) starts the first game of a doubleheader Friday against the White Sox. Berrios is looking for his first win since Aug. 4.

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DET64-95
120000000380
MIN74-84
00504000X9120
  • W: S. Gonsalves (2-2)L: F. Liriano (5-12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Candelario 3B51110006.225.317.398.7153.0
C. Stewart LF40310102.267.375.417.7925.0
N. Castellanos DH40010015.298.353.497.8500.5
N. Goodrum 1B50100001.240.310.427.7381.0
M. Mahtook RF40100111.209.282.372.6541.5
G. Greiner C41000124.228.339.293.6331.0
J. Jones CF21000213.211.267.371.6382.5
D. Lugo 2B20100201.209.261.256.5173.0
P. Kozma SS40100015.200.224.323.5470.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B51110010.277.345.374.7203.5
    E. Adrianza 1B00000000.256.305.387.6920.0
    J. Polanco SS50300021.290.346.437.7832.0
    L. Forsythe 2B42100112.232.309.293.6023.5
    R. Grossman RF22100201.271.361.385.7465.0
    T. Austin DH42230021.236.290.494.7838.0
    W. Astudillo C41240011.357.372.524.8967.5
    M. Kepler CF30110112.223.319.404.7232.5
    J. Field LF40000012.213.247.389.636-0.5
    G. Petit 3B41100011.263.333.298.6322.5
      BATTING
      • SF - N. Castellanos (3)
      • RBI - J. Candelario (54), C. Stewart (10), N. Castellanos (88)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Stewart (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Candelario, C. Stewart 2 (2), N. Castellanos 4 (4), M. Mahtook, G. Greiner, J. Jones 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Mauer (26), J. Polanco (18), T. Austin 2 (10), W. Astudillo (3), G. Petit (2)
      • RBI - J. Mauer (47), T. Austin 3 (45), W. Astudillo 4 (19), M. Kepler (54)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Austin 2 (16), W. Astudillo 2 (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Forsythe, R. Grossman, M. Kepler 2 (2), J. Field, G. Petit
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Polanco (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Liriano (L, 5-12)2.23442504.581.50-5.5
      L. Coleman1.12110203.531.311.0
      M. Hall1.054410016.203.00-7.0
      B. Farmer1.01000004.211.582.0
      D. VerHagen1.00001104.721.142.5
      B. Hardy1.01000203.611.163.0
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Liriano (L, 5-12)2.2
      L. Coleman1.1
      M. Hall1.0
      B. Farmer1.0
      D. VerHagen1.0
      B. Hardy1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Moya1.02110004.841.330.0
      S. Gonsalves (W, 2-2)3.13224206.572.038.0
      M. Magill (H, 6)1.21002203.881.461.0
      A. Busenitz1.00000107.822.013.5
      Z. Littell1.01001006.611.901.0
      J. Curtiss1.01000105.681.892.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Moya1.0
      S. Gonsalves (W, 2-2)3.1
      M. Magill (H, 6)1.2
      A. Busenitz1.0
      Z. Littell1.0
      J. Curtiss1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 62-34, L. Coleman 25-15, M. Hall 35-21, B. Farmer 17-10, D. VerHagen 20-10, B. Hardy 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 1-2, L. Coleman 1-1, M. Hall 2-0, B. Farmer 1-2, D. VerHagen 1-1
      • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 13, L. Coleman 6, M. Hall 8, B. Farmer 4, D. VerHagen 4, B. Hardy 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Moya 24-17, S. Gonsalves 76-43, M. Magill 35-18, A. Busenitz 13-8, Z. Littell 24-15, J. Curtiss 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Moya 1-2, S. Gonsalves 5-3, M. Magill 1-2, Z. Littell 2-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Moya 5, S. Gonsalves 17, M. Magill 8, A. Busenitz 3, Z. Littell 5, J. Curtiss 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      DET64-95
      120000000380
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      00504000X9120
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Candelario 3B51110006.225.317.398.7153.0
      C. Stewart LF40310102.267.375.417.7925.0
      N. Castellanos DH40010015.298.353.497.8500.5
      N. Goodrum 1B50100001.240.310.427.7381.0
      M. Mahtook RF40100111.209.282.372.6541.5
      G. Greiner C41000124.228.339.293.6331.0
      J. Jones CF21000213.211.267.371.6382.5
      D. Lugo 2B20100201.209.261.256.5173.0
      P. Kozma SS40100015.200.224.323.5470.5
      Total3438307628-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Mauer 1B51110010.277.345.374.7203.5
        E. Adrianza 1B00000000.256.305.387.6920.0
        J. Polanco SS50300021.290.346.437.7832.0
        L. Forsythe 2B42100112.232.309.293.6023.5
        R. Grossman RF22100201.271.361.385.7465.0
        T. Austin DH42230021.236.290.494.7838.0
        W. Astudillo C41240011.357.372.524.8967.5
        M. Kepler CF30110112.223.319.404.7232.5
        J. Field LF40000012.213.247.389.636-0.5
        G. Petit 3B41100011.263.333.298.6322.5
        Total359129041011-----
          BATTING
          • SF - N. Castellanos (3)
          • RBI - J. Candelario (54), C. Stewart (10), N. Castellanos (88)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Stewart (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Candelario, C. Stewart 2 (2), N. Castellanos 4 (4), M. Mahtook, G. Greiner, J. Jones 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Mauer (26), J. Polanco (18), T. Austin 2 (10), W. Astudillo (3), G. Petit (2)
          • RBI - J. Mauer (47), T. Austin 3 (45), W. Astudillo 4 (19), M. Kepler (54)
          • 2-Out RBI - T. Austin 2 (16), W. Astudillo 2 (9)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Forsythe, R. Grossman, M. Kepler 2 (2), J. Field, G. Petit
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. Polanco (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Liriano (L, 5-12)2.23442504.581.50-5.5
          L. Coleman1.12110203.531.311.0
          M. Hall1.054410016.203.00-7.0
          B. Farmer1.01000004.211.582.0
          D. VerHagen1.00001104.721.142.5
          B. Hardy1.01000203.611.163.0
          Total8.012994100---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Liriano (L, 5-12)2.2
          L. Coleman1.1
          M. Hall1.0
          B. Farmer1.0
          D. VerHagen1.0
          B. Hardy1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Moya1.02110004.841.330.0
          S. Gonsalves (W, 2-2)3.13224206.572.038.0
          M. Magill (H, 6)1.21002203.881.461.0
          A. Busenitz1.00000107.822.013.5
          Z. Littell1.01001006.611.901.0
          J. Curtiss1.01000105.681.892.5
          Total9.0833760---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Moya1.0
          S. Gonsalves (W, 2-2)3.1
          M. Magill (H, 6)1.2
          A. Busenitz1.0
          Z. Littell1.0
          J. Curtiss1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 62-34, L. Coleman 25-15, M. Hall 35-21, B. Farmer 17-10, D. VerHagen 20-10, B. Hardy 14-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 1-2, L. Coleman 1-1, M. Hall 2-0, B. Farmer 1-2, D. VerHagen 1-1
          • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 13, L. Coleman 6, M. Hall 8, B. Farmer 4, D. VerHagen 4, B. Hardy 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Moya 24-17, S. Gonsalves 76-43, M. Magill 35-18, A. Busenitz 13-8, Z. Littell 24-15, J. Curtiss 15-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Moya 1-2, S. Gonsalves 5-3, M. Magill 1-2, Z. Littell 2-1
          • Batters Faced - G. Moya 5, S. Gonsalves 17, M. Magill 8, A. Busenitz 3, Z. Littell 5, J. Curtiss 4
          • 5TH INNING
            Kepler singled to center, Astudillo scored39
            Astudillo doubled to deep left, Grossman and Austin scored38
            Austin doubled to left center, Forsythe scored, Grossman to third36
          • 3RD INNING
            Astudillo singled to left, Grossman and Austin scored35
            Austin doubled to left, Mauer and Forsythe scored, Grossman to third33
            Mauer doubled to left, Petit scored31
          • 2ND INNING
            Stewart singled to left, Jones scored, Candelario to second30
            Candelario reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Greiner scored, Jones to third, Lugo out at second20
          • 1ST INNING
            Castellanos hit sacrifice fly to center, Candelario scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ehire Adrianza at first base
            • John Curtiss relieved Zack Littell
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos flied out to right
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Goodrum flied out to center
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mahtook singled to left
            • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mahtook to second on fielder's indifference, Strike swinging, Greiner struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Zack Littell relieved Alan Busenitz
            • J. Jones: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jones walked
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Lugo grounded out to third, Jones to second
            • P. Kozma: Strike swinging, Kozma reached on an infield single to shortstop, Jones to third
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario popped out to third
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stewart grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Blaine Hardy relieved Drew VerHagen
            • G. Petit: Ball, Foul, Petit flied out to center
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco singled to right
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Alan Busenitz relieved Matt Magill
            • N. Goodrum: Goodrum flied out to left
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Mahtook struck out on foul tip
            • G. Greiner: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Greiner flied out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Drew VerHagen relieved Buck Farmer
            • T. Austin: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Astudillo lined out to left
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
            • J. Field: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Field grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Magill Pitching:
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lugo walked
            • P. Kozma: Ball, Foul, Ball, Kozma lined out to center
            • J. Candelario: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Candelario flied out to deep right
            • C. Stewart: Stewart singled to left center, Lugo to second
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Castellanos grounded into fielder's choice to third, Lugo out at third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Buck Farmer relieved Matt Hall
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mauer lined out to shortstop
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco doubled to right
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Forsythe flied out to deep right
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Grossman grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Gonsalves Pitching:
            • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Stewart walked
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Castellanos flied out to deep center
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Goodrum singled to right, Stewart to second
            • Matt Magill relieved Stephen Gonsalves
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mahtook walked, Stewart to third, Goodrum to second
            • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Greiner struck out looking
            • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Hall relieved Louis Coleman
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco singled to right
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Polanco picked off at second, pitcher to first to second, Forsythe singled to center
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grossman walked, Forsythe to second
            • T. Austin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Austin doubled to left center, Forsythe scored, Grossman to third
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Astudillo doubled to deep left, Grossman and Austin scored
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kepler singled to center, Astudillo scored
            • J. Field: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Field reached on fielder's choice to third, Kepler out at second
            • G. Petit: Strike looking, Strike looking, Petit grounded out to catcher
            • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Gonsalves Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jones grounded out to third
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lugo walked
            • P. Kozma: Kozma flied out to right
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario flied out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Coleman Pitching:
            • J. Field: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
            • G. Petit: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Petit struck out swinging
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Gonsalves Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Goodrum grounded out to first
            • M. Mahtook: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook grounded out to third
            • G. Greiner: Ball, Greiner grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • J. Field: Ball, Ball, Field lined out to center
            • G. Petit: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Petit doubled to deep left
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer doubled to left, Petit scored
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe walked
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grossman walked, Mauer to third, Forsythe to second
            • Louis Coleman relieved Francisco Liriano
            • T. Austin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Austin doubled to left, Mauer and Forsythe scored, Grossman to third
            • W. Astudillo: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Astudillo singled to left, Grossman and Austin scored
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler flied out to center
            • End of the 3rd (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Stephen Gonsalves relieved Gabriel Moya
            • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Greiner walked
            • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jones walked, Greiner to second
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lugo singled to right, Greiner to third, Jones to second
            • P. Kozma: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kozma struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Candelario reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Greiner scored, Jones to third, Lugo out at second
            • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stewart singled to left, Jones scored, Candelario to second
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Grossman singled to right center
            • T. Austin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
            • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Astudillo struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • G. Moya Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Candelario singled to right
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stewart singled to right, Candelario to third
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Castellanos hit sacrifice fly to center, Candelario scored
            • N. Goodrum: Goodrum lined out to right
            • M. Mahtook: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Mahtook grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mauer lined out to left
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Forsythe grounded out to third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)