Detroit Tigers win wild and woolly 17-14 decision over Minnesota Twins on Wednesday


Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Playing to a score befitting an NFL matchup, the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins also were counterpunching like the best of boxers.

Detroit finally had enough for a knockout blow.

Jeimer Candelario and Eric Haase each drove in three runs and the Tigers, despite giving up seven homers and not hitting any, outlasted the Twins 17-14 Wednesday.

“Credit to them for continuing to fight when they’re down by 10 and then both teams decided to throw haymakers the rest of the day,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said.

The Tigers led 10-0 in the fourth in an MLB game with a score more likely suited for a game between the Lions and Vikings.

After Detroit scored eight times in the top of the fourth, Minnesota got six runs in the bottom half, highlighted by Ryan Jeffers’ grand slam. Down 13-6, the Twins scored six more in the eighth on Miguel Sano’s second homer of the game and drives by Max Kepler, Brent Rooker and Jeffers.

Minnesota became the fourth team since 1901 to hit seven homers in a nine-inning game and lose, and the first since the Chicago White Sox on June 25, 2016, against Toronto.

“It felt like a movie out there,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “We play a ton of baseball games, and it didn’t feel like, really, any of them that I’ve seen throughout the years, and we’ve seen some crazy ones. I’m not surprised that there’s some odd facts popping out from that effort, from what we just saw.”

Haase’s three-run double in the ninth gave the Tigers another cushion. Jorge Polanco hit a two-run homer in the Twins ninth.

The Tigers posted their highest run total of the season and won their second straight game, assuring themselves of at least a .500 finish for July. Since going 8-19 in April, Detroit is nearing its third straight winning month.

“To put up 17 with no home runs, you got to pass the baton to the next guy and do your job at the plate,” Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner said. “It’s a great all-around team effort to get the win and get the series win.”

Derek Holland (2-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.