The Twins rallied from an early deficit on Sunday, then watched as the Detroit Tigers scored eight runs late to beat the Twins, 10-8.
The loss ended the Twins’ five-game winning streak and also dropped them lower in the standings after the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians both won on Sunday. The Twins are now a game behind the Tribe and a 1.5 games back of the Pale Hose. The Twins still have a chance to take four of five games from the Tigers on Monday.
Starter Rich Hill allowed two runs over five innings, then handed the ball off to the bullpen, which had a long afternoon. The relief corps served up eight runs (seven earned) in the defeat. Tyler Duffey got tagged with the blown save and Sergio Romo lost again.
Michael Pineda gets the ball on Monday.
-Eddie Rosario’s day was a mixed bag. He ran through the stop sign at third base and was called out at home on Sunday, but he did hit his ninth home run of the season. But he also misplayed a ball in left field that eventually led to two runs, according to MLB.com.
-Jorge Polanco, Luis Arraez, Rosario, Jake Cave and Ehire Adrianza had two hits apiece.
-The Tigers banged out 17 hits on Sunday, including three home runs, three doubles and a triple. Old friend Jonathan Schoop hit the triple, one of two hits he had on the day. He’s now hitting .305.
-And then there was this:
Didn’t see today’s game, but I for one, will not be surprised by any comeback from these plucky Tigers of Mgr. Gardenhire.
— Reusse (@Patrick_Reusse) September 6, 2020