Urshella’s 2-run homer in the 10th helped Twins win 5-3 against Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gio Ursella hit a game-ending, two-run homer in the 10th inning and Jose Miranda had three RBIs as the Minnesota Twins held on to their one-game win over the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Monday night. Leadership at AL Central.

Not long after Tigers starter Tariq Scoble was pulled after five scoreless innings with left arm fatigue, Miranda hit a tying, two-run single in the eighth.

Aqeel Baddu delivered the top 10 singles off Griffin Jacques (5-2) against the team that had drafted him six years ago.

Miranda responded at the bottom of the innings by driving into an automatic runner with a single, and then Ursella ended it with her high drive on the grass berm just beyond center field against Alex Lang (4-2). After beating Arizona in 11 innings, the Twins placed first, just ahead of Cleveland.

Scoble made only three hits and two walks with eight strikes. He threw 77 pitches, his third lowest of the season. Lefty is one of several Tigers who could be settled before the trade deadline on Tuesday, with his team again out of contention.

The tigers fell on the road and came to 16-36.

The Twins played their first 20 home games in August, the most in a month since they played 22 times at Metropolitan Stadium in June 1977.

The turn of the calendar and the promise of home-field rest could not come sooner after a 10–12 record in July saw their slim division lead become even more precarious under the weight of a sputtering pitching staff.

Aaron Sanchez, who made seven starts for Washington with an 8.33 ERA earlier this season before being released, was called to Minnesota’s reeling rotation from Triple-A St. Paul and provided five solid innings. Sanchez delivered four hits, including a two-out single off the RBI in the fourth by Tucker Barnhart and a walk with eight strikeouts.

still hurting

Twin left fielder Alex Kiriloff was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game because of his problematic right wrist pain that bothered him while swinging. His second cortisone shot was during the All-Star break.

“Unfortunately, he didn’t do what we thought and hoped it was going to do,” Kiriloff said.

Kirilloff entered two innings on defense after Kyle Garlick walked out with a right rib swell, but Tim Beckham batted for him and remained in the game after his place in the order.

super sneaky

Nick Gordon nearly single-handedly scored a run with two outs in the fifth inning when he caught Scoble off guard after a flyout and stole the second by catching the ball behind the mound with a left-hander to prepare for the next bat.

Once he realized what was happening, Schubble turned around and sent his soft toss to the left of shortstop Willy Castro, who was too late to break to cover second base. A wrong throw allowed Gordon to take third, but Jorge Polanco was out to end the innings.

instructor room

Tigers: RHP Willie Peralta, last month with a strained left hamstring, joined the team with a goal restitution on Wednesday, manager AJ Hinch said.

Twins: C Ryan Jeffers, who was expected to have another four to six weeks to recover from a broken right thumb, had surgery to insert a screw designed to accelerate healing during the All-Star break . His wife is also 39 weeks pregnant with their first child, so on the upside he is able to spend extra time at home. The downside is the heavy cast.

“She’s like, ‘I don’t have this baby until you take this thing off your hand. It smells so bad,'” Jeffers said.


Tigers: RHP Matt Manning is slated to be reinstated from a 60-day injured list to begin Tuesday night, the first appearance for a 2016 first-round draft pick on April 16 after developing a shoulder swelling. He has since been forced to kick him out of the mound.

“Next year’s decisions will be next year, but we need to give him as healthy a start as he can handle,” Hinch said.

The Twins: RHP Chris Archer (2-5, 4.04 ERA) is set to take the mound for the middle game of the series after the worst outing of the season, when he conceded six runs in three innings in Milwaukee last week. Archer’s turn in the rotation was pushed back a day, promoting Sanchez.


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