MINNEAPOLIS — Brian Dozier labelled Minnesota’s return home after fastening a wild card on the road leading with a handful of spotlights, making a three-run homer in the second inning to stimulation the Twins to a 6-3 succes over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Eduardo Escobar too homered and drove in three controls, assist the Twins bail Kyle Gibson out of a 3-0 insufficiency after an RBI triple by Alex Presley and a two-run home run by Nicholas Castellanos.
Gibson was removed after 4 2/3 innings, so Jose Berrios( 14 -8) was ascribed with the triumph after preserving four outs in a tuneup relief outing. Matt Belisle notched his ninth save with a perfect ninth inning for the Twins, who are capable of trip New York or Boston on Tuesday in the AL wild-card game.
Dozier opened the Minnesota first with a double against Matt Boyd( 6-11) that would have been a triple had Dozier not tripped after rounding second. He hustled to dive head first back into the basi and shun an out, climbing to his feet with a wide grin on his appearance as the rest of the team razzed him from the dugout.
He then tallied on Escobar’s double, paring Detroit’s lead to 3-1.
Not to be outdone in the field, Dozier made a diving stop of Presley’s sharp-witted grounder to second base with two athletes in scoring position to end the second largest inning for Gibson, likely saving two runs.
With video times of champagne revels from seasons past resolving with the working party in the clubhouse at Cleveland on Wednesday, when the Twins learned they became the first team to go from 100 -plus losses to the playoffs in one year, the crowd of 34,580 had plenty to recognize. They saved some of their loudest claps for Miguel Sano, who pinch-hit in the seventh inning and grounded out in his first appearance since fumbling a dance off his left shin bone on Aug. 19.
Dozier and Escobar departed deep back to back in the second, right after Ehire Adrianza nearly hit one out but agreed for a doubled. Dozier is 13 for 30 with three homers and five RBIs in his vocation against Boyd.
Since signaling the end of their contention with the present radical through summer crafts that jettisoned ex-servicemen J.D. Martinez, Alex Avila, Justin Upton and Justin Verlander, the Beasts have predictably descended hard-handed during the course of its final month of the schedule. They’ve been outscored 190 -1 03 in September for a 5-23 record.
Castellanos, who has a career-high 26 home run, became the 10 th player age 25 or younger in Tigers history to surface 100 RBI. Miguel Cabrera was the last one to do so, in 2008. In 28 competitions this September, Castellanos, the team’s first-round sketch pick in 2010, is batting. 373( 41 for 110) with seven homers and 25 RBI.
Escobar has softly been one of the most valuable participates for the Twins down the stretch, taking over as the everyday third baseman after Sano was hurt. Escobar has career high-flowns with 21 home run and 73 RBI, remarkable totals for a 5-foot-10, 185 -pound practicality player.
“He does make it run, ” manager Paul Molitor told. “Sometimes I think he starts to change before he knows what’s moving, but he adjusts pretty well to the ball in flight, maybe better than most people.”
Tigers : 3B Jeimer Candelario was back in the lineup after missing video games on Thursday with a sore left wrist. He impressed out in his first three at-bats. Twins : Sano developed off the DL before video games, putting him in position for postseason action. Molitor did not commit to including him on the wild card roster.
Tigers : RHP Buck Farmer( 4-5, 7.12 ERA) will slope the middle competition of the serial. He is 1-4 with an 8.69 ERA in five starts this month. Twins : RHP Aaron Slegers( 0-0, 7.36 ERA) will make his third major league start on Saturday night, with RHP Bartolo Colon likely to take his turn on Sunday.