The Minnesota Twins’ latest win may be too little, too late.
The Twins will continue their late-season push for the playoffs when they face the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
The Twins were swept in three games at Cleveland over the weekend, but rebounded with a 2-1 win over Detroit in Monday’s series opener. The victory was just Minnesota’s second in seven games.
“We needed to come in here and get a win,” manager Ron Gardenhire said.
The Twins climbed to within 7 1/2 games of wild card-leading Cleveland with 19 games remaining.
Joe Mauer went 4-for-5 for the Twins and is hitting .467 (21-for-45) against the Tigers this season. He delivered a go-ahead single in the seventh, and Chris Heintz doubled for his first major league RBI.
“It was great,” Heintz said. “Especially since I had a chance to get it the previous at-bat but grounded into a double play.”
Placido Polanco drove in the lone run for the Tigers, who have lost 10 of 12. Polanco was coming off consecutive four-hit games on Saturday and Sunday, making him the first Tiger to accomplish the feat that since Ray Boone on July 11-12, 1957.
Tuesday’s starters are squaring off against each other for the second time this season.
Minnesota’s Brad Radke allowed three runs and six hits in six innings in his first win of the season on April 14, a 10-4 victory. Detroit’s Nate Robertson gave up six runs, four earned, and five hits in five innings and was charged with the loss.
However, Robertson rebounded with a complete-game, 8-1 win over the Twins on June 22, allowing one unearned run.