Detroit Tigers rally to complete Saturday doubleheader sweep of Minnesota Twins, 1-0 and 5-4 in 8 innings
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera’s bloop single scored Jonathan Schoop from first base, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Saturday for a doubleheader sweep.
The second game was tied at 3 after seven innings, and the Twins went in front when pinch-runner Nick Gordon scored on a wild pitch by Joe Jimenez (3-1) in the eighth.
But the Tigers rallied in the bottom half. Schoop hit a tying RBI single off Taylor Rogers (2-4). After Robbie Grossman struck out, Cabrera dropped a hit into shallow center as Schoop raced around the bases.
“I knew they were playing deep,” said Schoop, who is not known for his speed. “I thought that I’m going to run as fast as I can, so if it drops, I’m going to score. I showed them that I’ve got some wheels when I need them.”
Detroit kicked off the doubleheader with a 1-0 victory. Grossman hit a leadoff homer, and four pitchers combined on a two-hitter.
Jose Urena started for the Tigers and pitched three innings of two-hit ball before departing due to right groin tightness in the nightcap. Daniel Norris (1-3) then got six outs, Kyle Funkhouser struck out the side in the sixth, and Gregory Soto worked the seventh for his eighth save.
“Obviously, we needed our bullpen to pitch well and I think they wanted to prove something,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “All three guys came in and were great.”