He leads the team in home runs and stolen bases and for a team that has had nothing to hold their heads high about, Justin Upton has been a bright spot. This game appeared to be headed toward another one of those ugly, one-sided losses we were accustomed to seeing earlier this season, but a monster third inning put the Twins right back in it.
His heroics were on display once again Saturday night as he carried the Tigers to a 12-11 walk off victory over the Twins. But Detroit was far from done.
Detroit blew a 5-0 first-inning lead and trailed 11-6 in the seventh before mounting its comeback. And considering the fact the Twins traded their closer Brandon Kintzler at the trade deadline, Detroit was confident going into the final frame.
YANKEES 5, RED SOX 4: At New York, Aaron Hicks awoke a dormant offense with a two-run homer that sparked a five-run eighth inning, then threw out a runner at third in the ninth inning to help Aroldis Chapman get out of trouble and helped New York stop Boston's winning streak at eight.
He allowed a leadoff single to Mikie Mahtook and then Upton stepped up to the plate and the game was over just like that.
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Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Joe Mauer all homered, and Joe drove in five runs for the first time since 2010. Detroit doesn't have the bullpen to back him up while Berrios has still shown his ability to shut down lineups in recent starts. A solo home run by Tucker Barnhart in the seventh increased Cincinnati's lead to 11-9. Jason Castro was 3-for-4 with a walk.
Miguel Cabrera came out of the game after he singled in the fifth inning, complaining of lower back stiffness.
Berrios gave up five runs to Detroit in the first, one on an RBI single by Nicholas Castellanos and four on a grand slam by McCann, his 11th home run and second career slam. It was the fourth home run allowed by Mujica in five innings with the Tigers. With two outs, Castellanos' infield single scored Mahtook.
Twins starter Kyle Gibson went 4 2/3 innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits.