Twins offense explodes late for 9-4 victory over Detroit

Jul. 10—The Twins probably don’t want to make a habit of it, but having their offense wake up late has worked so far in this four-game series against the Detroit Tigers.

Jorge Polanco and Alex Kirilloff homered, and Luis Arraez broke it open with a bases-loaded single as Minnesota exploded for nine runs in the last three innings to beat the Tigers 7-4 in front of 21,030 fans Saturday afternoon at Target Field.

Derek Law, Danny Coulombe, Alex Colome and Tyler Duffey combined to throw 5.2 innings of scoreless relief as the Twins beat the Tigers for the third straight time, and sixth time in eight meetings this season. Coulombe (1-0) gave up two hits and struck out one in 1.1 innings to earn the victory.

It was a bullpen day for the Tigers, and the Twins put only three runners on base in the first five innings against three pitchers. But they put a combined 10 on base in the six, seventh and eighth innings on seven hits and three walks.

On Thursday, the Twins were no-hit for five innings before rallying for a 5-3 victory, and didn’t get a hit until Max Kepler’s single in the fifth in Friday night’s 4-2 win.

Kirilloff hit a two-run, 429-foot home run into the second deck in right-center off Erasmo Ramirez to cut the Tigers’ lead to 4-2 in the sixth inning, and Polanco hit a liner into the right field home run deck for a three-run homer in the seventh to put the Twins up 5-4.

The Twins loaded the bases on walks by Miguel Sano and Andrelton Simmons and a single by pinch-hitter Josh Donaldson. With one out, Arraez slapped an opposite-field single down the left-field line to score Miguel Sano and Donaldson, making it 7-5.

Simmons moved to third, and Arraez to second when Niko Goodrum bobbled Arraez’s hit. That brought left-hander Ian Krol out of the bullpen. His first pitch was wild, scoring Simmons. When catcher Eric Haase mishandled the rebound, Arraez came home for a 9-4 lead.

Goodrum and Zack Short hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning off Twins starter Bailey Ober to start the scoring. Ober walked Eric Haase and Jeimer Candelario to start the fourth and they scored on a single by Harold Castro and a sacrifice fly by Short to put Detroit up 4-0.

The series concludes Sunday with a 1:10 p.m. first pitch, after which teams will be off for three days for the All-Star Game break.

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