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Tigers rally past Twins 5-2 with four-run eighth inning

DETROIT (AP) — Ron Gardenhire didnt mind getting a beer shower from his players Wednesday night.

He just didnt know why it was happening.

“They ambushed me, and they really got me,” he said after his Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2. “I wasnt expecting it, and now Im dripping all over the place.”

While Gardenhire didnt realize he had just won his 1,100th game as a manager, someone — he suspects bench coach Steve Liddle — tipped off James McCann. McCann rounded up his teammates and raided the cooler.

“We soaked him,” Tigers third baseman Nicholas Castellanos said. “He didnt know what hit him.”

The milestone had a little extra meaning for Gardenhire because it came against the Twins, the team he managed from 2002-14.

“I have this big D on my chest now, and it was the Tigers who won this one, but an awful lot of them came with the team on the other side of the diamond tonight,” he said.

For most of the night, it appeared the Tigers werent going to get the win. Playing for the first time since Miguel Cabreras season-ending biceps injury, they stranded eight batters in the first seven innings and trailed 2-1.

The Twins then failed to add an insurance run in the eighth, stranding Eduardo Escobar after a one-out triple, and it came back to haunt them.

With one out in the bottom of the inning, John Hicks, Niko Goodrum and Grayson Greiner hit consecutive singles off Addison Reed (1-5) to tie the game. Jose Iglesias popped out, but Victor Reyes grounded an RBI single to left.

“I had everyone where I wanted them — 0-1 or 0-2 — but I wasnt finishing the job,” Reed said. “Jose (Berrios) threw a hell of a game, and I let him down. Thats the worst part of this.”

Reyes, a Rule 5 pick, started the night hitting .196 with four RBIs in 30 games. Used mainly as a pinch runner, he has only accumulated 50 plate appearances.

“We were going to be thrilled no matter who got the hit, but everyone feels great for Victor,” Hicks said. “Hes in a really tough situation because he doesnt get many at-bats, but he never complains and works harder than anyone. There are nights where hes getting swings in during the game.”

Leonys Martin followed with an RBI single and Reyes scored on right fielder Robbie Grossmans throwing error to make it 5-2.

“I didnt contribute anything and Miggy cant help us right now, but we still won the game,” Castellanos said. “Thats how you can tell this team is good. Every guy in this room is picking up the slack.”

Joe Jimenez (3-0) got the win with a scoreless eighth. Shane Greene, Detroits fifth pitcher, threw a perfect ninth for his 16th save.

Berrios allowed one run on seven hits and a walk in six innings. Detroits Matthew Boyd gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in five innings.

The Twins scored twice before Detroit recorded an out in the first inning. Boyd hit Brian Dozier, Eddie Rosario doubled and Escobar hit a two-run single.

The Twins, though, only got two more hits in the game.

“When its 2-0 that fast, I cant afford to get mad at myself,” Boyd said. “Ive just got to get the next guy out and start posting zeroes.”

Goodrum made it 2-1 with a second-inning homer off Berrios, his friend from their minor league days in the Twins system.

“Its just part of the game,” Berrios said. “Were still friends, but now were competing. He got me that time.”

Like Boyd, though, Berrios settled in to keep Detroit off the board for the rest of his outing. The Tigers had runners on second and third with one out in the third before he struck out Castellanos and Jeimer Candelario.

Dozier appeared to make a spectacular play with one out in the fifth, using his glove to scoop Reyes drag bunt to Logan Morrison at first. The Tigers, though, challenged the call and it was overturned after a lengthy review. Martin followed with an infield single, and after Castellanos struck out, Berrios hit Candelario to load the bases.

Victor Martinez fell behind 0-2 and grounded out to end the inning with the Twins still up 2-1.

The Tigers missed another opportunity in the sixth. Hicks started the inning with a single and took third on Goodrums ground-rule double, but Berrios struck out Greiner and Iglesias before retiring Reyes.

“In a situation like that, you just hope that someone is eventually going to get the big hit,” Gardenhire said. “It took a while, but they finally came through.”

TRAINERS ROOM

Twins: OF Byron Buxton (toe) took batting practice on Wednesday, while Joe Mauer (neck and head) played for Triple-A Rochester on his rehab assignment.

Tigers: With McCann still sidelined by the flu and Hicks moving to first base in the wake of Cabreras injury, Greiner was the starting catcher. McCann was feeling well enough to warm up pitchers between innings and could be back on Thursday.

UP NEXT

The teams finish their three-game series on Thursday afternoon, with Minnesotas Lance Lynn (4-4, 5.08) facing Detroits Michael Fulmer (2-5, 4.40).

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