Detroit Tigers drop first half finale in a 12-9 heartbreaking loss to the Minnesota Twins

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The Minneosta Twins completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a wild 12-9, 10-inning victory on Sunday.

Jorge Polanco’s three-run homer off Derek Holland in the 10th inning finished off the stinging defeat.

Jake Rogers blasted a ninth-inning grand slam off Minnesota closer Taylor Rogers, erasing a three-run deficit. Ben Rortvedt tied it in the bottom of the inning with a solo blast off Holland.

The Twins rallied from a 4-0 deficit for the second straight day. Polanco also hit a go-ahead three-run homer on Saturday.

Akil Baddoo supplied a two-run single and a solo homer. Detroit's pitchers issued 12 walks, which aided in Minnesota's comeback.

Rogers-on-Rogers crime

The Tigers trailed 8-5 entering the ninth with closer Taylor Rogers on the mound.

A single by Eric Haase and double by pinch-hitter Willi Castro sparked the rally. Zack Short drew a walk before Rogers' no-out blast to center field.

Rogers' homer was his sixth of the season.

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Wildness contributes to disastrous seventh

The Tigers were up 4-2 entering the bottom of the seventh but three walks and a wild pitch helped the Twins score four runs.

Daniel Norris walked No. 9 hitter Andrelton Simmons before second baseman Harold Castro made a diving stop and flip to Short to get a forceout.

Joe Jimenez, who surrendered the go-ahead three-run homer to Polanco on Saturday, was summoned in to replace Norris. He walked Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz sandwiching a strikeout to load the bases.

Manager AJ Hinch then brought in his All-Star, Gregory Soto, in the high leverage situation. With Alex Kirilloff batting, Soto threw a wild pitch to allow Luis Arraez to score.

Kirilloff, Polanco and Max Kepler followed with run-scoring singles to give the Twins a 6-4 advantage.

Peralta nearly keeps streak going

Wily Peralta didn’t give up an earned run in his last three starts. He nearly did it again on Sunday.

He grinded through the first four innings, giving up two hits and a walk. Kepler ended the streak when he ripped an opposite-field homer with one out in the fifth. Overall, Peralta didn’t give up an earned run for 21 innings.

Peralta walked another batter in the fifth before finishing the inning. He threw 97 pitches while lowering his season ERA to 2.08.

Late addition Haase robbed

Short was a late addition to the lineup on Saturday after Nomar Mazara came down with an illness. A similar scenario nearly played out on Sunday.

Niko Goodrum, who was scheduled to play left field, was a late scratch for undisclosed reasons. Haase replaced him and chased right fielder Trevor Larnach to the wall in his first at-bat. Larnach made a leaping catch to rob Haase of an extra-base hit.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers drop first half finale in a 12-9 heartbreaking loss to the Minnesota Twins