Twins Fail To Gain Ground in Wild Card Race
The Twins blew a late lead and lost 7-4 in twelve innings to the Detroit Tigers Wednesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. Minnesota had a chance to gain ground in the playoff chase with Houston's loss but failed to do so.
Ervin Santana gave up a pair of runs for the Twins in the top of the first inning to put his team in a 2-0 hole, but settled down and battled his way through seven innings.
The Twins cut the lead to 2-1 with an Eddie Rosario home run in the bottom of the third, then took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning with Torii Hunter and Rosario knocking in runs with singles.
The Tigers battled back for a pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning against Minnesota closer Kevin Jepsen. However, the Twins rallied in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game on a Trevor Plouffe RBI double.
Minnesota loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth but could not push the winning run across, sending the game to extra innings.
Brian Duensing allowed three runs in the top of the twelfth inning to sink the Twins and send them to the loss.
Minnesota begins a four game series with the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field Thursday night. The Angels trail the Twins by 2.5 games in the wild card race.