Twins rally past Detroit to take series

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III
  • Updated: May 12, 2014 - 1:17 AM

An eighth-inning rally and a four-out save by Glen Perkins gave the Twins their second victory in three games with the division-leading Tigers.

– Casey Fien, his right arm black and blue where Victor Martinez’s eighth-inning laser socked him, raised a couple of eyebrows from teammates within earshot as he spoke about the significance of the Twins’ 4-3 comeback win over the Tigers on Sunday

“It’s huge for our team,’’ Fien said. “We know we can play with these guys. They were supposed to be, what, number one in the power rankings? So we just came into their place and took two. So that says a lot right there.’’

The confident Fien and the Twins headed back to the Twin Cities on Sunday, relieved to go 3-4 against Cleveland and Detroit last week. They not only escaped Detroit with two wins in three games, they escaped the entire road trip.

The odyssey began with an extra-inning win against Cleveland, and soon it turned into a mini-saga. There was a walk-off loss. Eduardo Escobar had to learn center field on the fly. Joe Mauer battled a perplexing back issue. Oswaldo Arcia was supposed to be called up, but his wrist began to ache. Less than 12 hours later, Sam Fuld was placed on the disabled list with a concussion, leading the Twins to start Thursday’s game with a one-man bench.

They moved to Detroit, where they outlasted a Cy Young winner while a fire in a janitor’s closet forced the shutdown of the sound system. And Sunday’s game? What a barrel of fun that was.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the fourth inning while he argued for a double play because the Tigers’ Austin Jackson was hit with what Gardenhire believed was a routine double-play ball. So the man in charge was in his office as the Twins battled back from a 3-0 deficit in the seventh.

With runners on first and second, Santana batted for Aaron Hicks and lined a single to right. Josmil Pinto scored the Twins’ first run of the game — after he blew by Joe Vavra’s stop sign at third.

“When I touched third base I saw his hands like this,’’ Pinto said while raising his hands with palms forward. “I turned my head a little bit and saw that Torii [Hunter] threw the ball to second base.’’

Facing Joba Chamberlain in the eighth, Pinto delivered a two-run single, and the second run scored when the ball bounced by Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis for an error. And Nunez followed with an RBI single, scoring Pinto with what turned out to be the winning run.

“We’re not a three-run homer team,’’ third baseman Trevor Plouffe said, “but we can scrape together some innings.’’

The Twins have some ongoing issues that must be addressed. The starting pitching has improved some, with Samuel Deduno giving up three runs over six innings on Sunday to keep the Twins within striking range, but it lacks consistency. The Twins offense entered Sunday batting .218 with runners in scoring position, which was 14th in the American League and 25th in baseball.

But the Twins are 3-3 in one-run games on the road. And they are 2-2 in extra-inning games on the road. That’s respectable, but a team always feels energized by winning close games on the road, and the Twins have been able to experience that feeling a few times this season.

“I’ve said all along we don’t ever feel like we are out of it,’’ Gardenhire said. “It may look like we are out it. I always feel we’ve got something in us. We’re getting after it pretty good. There were some big at-bats, some big hits, and it was a really nice win. A good way to go home to an off day.’’

  • related content

  • Game summary: Twins 4, Detroit 3

    Sunday May 11, 2014

    GAME RECAPImpact playerJosmil Pinto, TwinsThe Twins keep getting clutch hitting from the catcher spot. Sunday’s catcher went 2-for-4 with two...

  • Twins notes: It's no replay, Gardy gets the thumb

    Sunday May 11, 2014

    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on Sunday was tossed for the first time this season — and the 68th time in his career — in the fourth inning.

  • Detroit’s Alex Avila waited for a throw that was too far behind Josmil Pinto as he scored for the Twins in the eighth. Pinto also scored in the seventh, heading home despite the third-base coach suggesting otherwise.

  • Minnesota's Joe Mauer is greeted in the dugout after scoring on a single by Josmil Pinto during the eighth inning of Sunday's game against Detroit.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Team Irvin 32 FINAL
Team Carter 28
Miami 96 FINAL
Chicago 84
Oklahoma City 98 FINAL
Cleveland 108
Dallas 106 FINAL
New Orleans 109
Indiana 106 FINAL
Orlando 99
LA Clippers 120 FINAL
Phoenix 100
Minnesota 100 FINAL
Atlanta 112
Detroit 110 FINAL
Toronto 114
Milwaukee 95 FINAL
San Antonio 101
Boston 111 FINAL
Golden State 114
Washington 117 FINAL
Denver 115
Houston 99 FINAL
LA Lakers 87
Team Toews 17 FINAL
Team Foligno 12
South Florida 53 FINAL
Connecticut 66
Boston College 64 FINAL
Georgia Tech 62
Virginia 50 FINAL
Virginia Tech 47
Indiana 70 FINAL
Ohio State 82
Stony Brook 61 FINAL
Binghamton 54
Cincinnati 56 FINAL
UCF 46
Maine 70 FINAL
Hartford 61
Monmouth 64 FINAL
Manhattan 71
Fairfield 67 FINAL
Marist 73
Rowan 48 FINAL
Princeton 96
St Bonaventure 48 FINAL
Rhode Island 53
Duke 77 FINAL
St Johns 68
Saint Peters 69 FINAL
Siena 55
Drake 40 FINAL
Wichita State 74
Vermont 61 FINAL
UMass Lowell 50
Seton Hall 57 FINAL
Butler 77
NJIT 72 FINAL
South Alabama 55
Northern Iowa 54 FINAL
Illinois State 53
Louisville 80 FINAL
Pittsburgh 68
UMBC 55 FINAL
Albany 69
Niagara 64 FINAL
Iona 87
Notre Dame 81 FINAL
NC State 78
Belmont 63 FINAL
Tennessee St 55
Creighton 50 FINAL
Villanova 71
Northwestern 67 FINAL
Maryland 68
Washington 56 FINAL
Utah 77
Senior-North 34 FINAL
Senior-South 13
Seton Hall 99 FINAL
Georgetown 85
St Johns 69 FINAL
Villanova 81
Arkansas 58 FINAL
Florida 72
Maine 56 FINAL
UMBC 42
Vanderbilt 55 FINAL
Alabama 52
Lafayette 60 FINAL
Lehigh 65
UCF 61 FINAL
SMU 57
Utah 51 FINAL
Washington 63
James Madison 73 FINAL
Coll of Charleston 53
Delaware 56 FINAL
Drexel 61
Hofstra 56 FINAL
William & Mary 57
Hartford 58 FINAL
Albany 82
Binghamton 54 FINAL
Stony Brook 67
Towson 63 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 71
Wake Forest 80 FINAL
(17) Florida State 110
Georgia Tech 68 FINAL
Virginia 62
(22) Georgia 51 FINAL
(5) Tennessee 59
Drake 79 FINAL
Evansville 62
Iona 80 FINAL
Canisius 62
Fairfield 33 FINAL
Monmouth 59
Northwestern 75 FINAL
Penn State 76
Wisconsin 71 FINAL
Michigan State 77
Ohio State 79 FINAL
Purdue 71
Northern Iowa 57 FINAL
Indiana State 55
Butler 58 FINAL
Xavier 54
Creighton 93 FINAL
Marquette 75
Providence 42 FINAL
DePaul 90
Northeastern 77 FINAL
Elon 80
(2) Connecticut 96 FINAL
Cincinnati 31
Oregon 78 FINAL
Arizona 81
Bradley 46 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 45
NC State 49 FINAL
(23) Syracuse 66
(7) Maryland 84 FINAL
Indiana 74
Illinois State 35 FINAL
Missouri State 58
Colorado 68 FINAL
Washington St 73
Tulane 45 FINAL
South Florida 64
(14) Kentucky 83 FINAL
Missouri 69
(9) Oregon State 68 FINAL
(13) Arizona State 57
Vermont 63 FINAL
UMass Lowell 72
Iowa State 58 FINAL
(8) Texas 57
Southern Ill 61 FINAL
Wichita State 80
(15) Duke 74 FINAL
(12) North Carolina 67
Miami-Florida 55 FINAL
(4) Louisville 68
(21) Minnesota 61 FINAL
(25) Rutgers 66
California 72 FINAL
UCLA 57
(11) Stanford 71 FINAL
USC 60
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How optimistic are you about the 2015 Twins?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close