DETROIT — Justin Upton flung the ball into the air and the bat out of his hands as his second walk-off homer of the year lifted Detroit to a 12-11 win over Minnesota at Comerica Park on Saturday night. The home run was part of a six-run comeback Detroit compiled over the final three innings to stun the hot-hitting Twins.
Down 11-6 in the seventh, Detroit began its comeback when Mikie Mahtook hit a triple, notching his fifth straight multi-hit game, and Upton drove him in with a sac fly. In the eighth, the Tigers added three more, including a two-run homer by Jose Iglesias, which was only made possible because of an overturned double play call that allowed James McCann to be safe at first.
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McCann slam: McCann capped a five-run first inning by lifting a curveball into left field for his second career grand slam. A two-out rally began when Nicholas Castellanos beat out an infield single and Victor Martinez took a five-pitch walk before McCann swung at the first offering he saw from Twins starter Jose Berrios and cleared the loaded bases. McCann’s other slam came on July 31, 2016, off Houston’s Dallas Keuchel.
Twins take it back: Not to be outdone by Detroit’s five-run first, Minnesota came back with five runs of its own in the third. First it was Joe Mauer with a three-run double and then, two batters later, Eddie Rosario sending a full-count curveball over the right-field wall for a two-run homer. Rosario barreled his homer an estimated 445 feet, his second longest since Statcast™ started recording projected distance in 2015.
Jordan Horrobin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Tigers on Saturday.
Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.
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