Twins squander chance in 9th as Tigers rally for extra-inning victory


The Minnesota Twins fell to the Detroit Tigers 7-4 in 12 innings last night at Target Field. With the late victory the Tigers took 2-of-3 from the Twins.

The Tigers scored three in the top of the 12th thanks to an RBI single from Ian Kinsler and a two-run homer from J.D. Martinez off Twins reliever Brian Duensing (4-1).

It ended what was a strange game, that saw both teams struggle to hold late leads. Detroit strung together three hits to start the ninth inning off Twins closer Kevin Jepsen. By the time they were done, the Tigers had taken a 4-3 lead.

But the Twins responded in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double from Trevor Plouffe to even the game, and it stayed that way until the 12th.

Twins starter Ervin Santana battled his way through seven innings. He gave up two runs, on four hits while striking out five and walking four.

Santana was helped out by three double-plays, two of them happened thanks to outstanding defensive plays from Brian Dozier.

[mlbvideo id="484136183" width="480" height="270" /]

Casey Fien pitched a scoreless eighth, but Jepsen wasn't able to hold it as he blew his first save in a Twins uniform.

The Twins rookies led the way again for Minnesota. Eddie Rosario was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs on the night. Miguel Sano also came through he was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.

Daniel Norris started for the Tigers, he lasted just 3 2/3 innings as he was on a pitch count. Tigers reliever Ian Krol (2-3) tossed three innings of hitless relief for the win.

The Twins will open a critical series with the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. The Angels are the team chasing Minnesota for that second wild card spot.

Tommy Milone (8-5) takes the mound against Angels left hander Hector Santiago (8-9)

Next Up

Matt Dumba

Matt Dumba beats the clock to give Wild sixth straight win

Dumba scored as overtime came to a close for another Wild victory.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Bradley Beal terrorizes Timberwolves in loss to Wizards

Beal and the Wizards handed the Wolves their seventh straight defeat.

Marcus Carr / Gopher basketball

Gophers tourney hopes take another blow with loss to Nebraska

Marcus Carr scored a career-high 41 points, but Minnesota is still winless on the road.

St. Paul police

St. Paul police arrest teenage boy in carjacking crackdown

This comes amid a dramatic spike in Twin Cities carjackings.


Snow latest: Twin Cities set for up to 4 inches

A narrow system will travel across Minnesota overnight.

Blake Fredrick / Lake City Basketball

Lake City boys basketball player signs contract, honored on senior night

Frederick had a special call-up to the Tigers' varsity basketball team.


Man dies after being shot outside home near Grove City

He was found outside a home in Acton Township.

Screen Shot 2021-02-27 at 9.39.00 AM

Teen wounded in 'accidental shooting' in Moorhead

The 18-year-old was shot in the abdomen.

Kirill Kaprizov / Minnesota Wild

Watch: Another absurd night for Kaprizov as his legend grows

Kaprizov scored a crazy wrap-around goal in the Wild's victory over the Kings.