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Twins 2, Tigers 5: Minus Cabrera, the youth movement picks up the win

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MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

A surprise eighth inning rally from the tail end of Detroit’s bench made the difference Wednesday evening, as the Tigers goosed the Twins 5-2 to tie the series.

Tigers starter Matt Boyd came out shaky, plunking Brian Dozier on his third pitch of the night, then giving up a double and a single to dig an early two-run deficit before recording a single out. Despite the early trouble, Boyd was able to make it through five full innings without giving up a hit the rest of the way. But his only run support would come from Niko Goodrum, who crushed a two-out breaking ball to right for a solo home run in the second inning, his sixth dinger this season.

Meanwhile, the Tigers were getting their chances against Twins starter Jose Berrios. Detroit advanced multiple baserunners into scoring position in the third, fifth, and sixth innings with only one out, failing to convert each time. But they would finally make good on their threats in the bottom of the eighth, when consecutive one-out singles from John Hicks, Goodrum, and Grayson Greiner tying the game at two apiece.

Then a Jose Iglesias pop-out brought up 25th man Victor Reyes, the unlikeliest of heroes, whose two-out, groundball single through the left side of the infield plated Greiner to give the Tigers the lead. Leonys Martin followed with a two-run liner to right, and the offense handed a 5-2 lead to Shane Greene. The Tigers closer set down the Twins in order to notch the comeback win.


  • Niko Goodrum: A triple shy of the cycle, with a key hit during the eighth inning rally.
  • John Hicks: Three hits, including the single that started the decisive run.
  • The bullpen: With Boyd at 106 pitches through five, Detroit needed their relievers to deliver. Buck Farmer, Drew VerHagen, Joe Jiménez, and Greene obliged, with a stranded Eduardo Escobar triple the only trouble.


  • It’s neither constructive nor healthy to play the “what if” game, especially in a win. But with several scoring chances squandered at the top of the lineup, it’s hard not to see a Cabrera-shaped hole in the offense.


  • Victor Reyes: a two-hit night, punctuated by the game-winning RBI knock. There are almost no expectations on Reyes this year, which makes it all the more fun when he does things like this.

Tomorrow’s finale is set to feature Michael Fulmer against an improving Lance Lynn, who has allowed just four runs in his last four starts. First pitch is 1:10.