September 6, 2019

Twins win thriller after Rosario makes game-ending throw to home plate

Jake Cave made a fantastic catch, Willians Astudillo hit a clutch single and Eddie Rosario threw out a runner at home plate to end the game and send the Twins to a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. The Twins took two of three games from Boston and now head home to play the Cleveland Indians.

The Tribe, meanwhile, lost again Thursday, so the Twins’ lead in the American League Central is back to 6.5 games. If the Twins can sweep the Indians over the weekend, that just might put the Tribe out of its misery.

The Twins’ Martin Perez, of all people, earned the win against Boston. After his previous lousy start, I was sure Boston hitters were going to knock him out of the game early, but Perez stepped up like a boss and allowed only one run over six innings to improve to 10-6.

The bullpen held the line the rest of the way, including Taylor Rogers who picked up his 24th save. But Rogers was bailed out by left fielder, Eddie Rosario, who made the play of the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

With the Twins leading 2-1 and Boston’s Rafael Devers on first base, J.D. Martinez doubled off the Green Monster. Devers tried to score on the hit, but Rosario played the one-hop off the wall, whirled and threw out Devers at home with about five feet to spare. Ballgame.

“I think when I saw the ball on the wall, I’m thinking I am the only chance to get this guy at home plate,” Rosario told “I want to try to [make] a good throw. I want to focus to finish the game.”

Michael Pineda gets the ball Friday at Target Field.

Extra innings…

-The Twins scored two runs on two hits. How do you do that when there are no extra-base hits? It helps to get a few walks, and Boston pitching issued nine of them on Thursday, including three to Miguel Sano, who scored both runs.

-Mitch Garver also walked three times.

-Boston turned three double plays on Wednesday and four more on Thursday.


Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.