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Akil Baddoo fuels Tigers past Twins in 10 innings

Field Level Media
07 Apr 2021, 07:40 GMT+10

Akil Baddoo ripped a two-out RBI single in the 10th inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.

Baddoo entered the game as a pinch runner. The rookie homered in his first two games this season.

Robbie Grossman had two hits and two RBIs, while Niko Goodrum supplied three hits and a run scored. Jeimer Candelario contributed two hits, a run scored and an RBI for the Tigers.

Detroit starter Casey Mize gave up one run on five hits while walking two and striking out four.

Minnesota starter J.A. Happ also lasted four innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking three and striking out four.

Nelson Cruz hit his third homer in two days and his 34th against Detroit during his career, including postseason games. Byron Buxton also hit a solo homer for Minnesota.

Jorge Polanco was placed on second in the top of the 10th and advanced to third on a Cruz single. Gregory Soto struck out the next batter and Polanco was thrown out at home by third baseman Candelario on a fielder's choice. Soto struck out Max Kepler to keep the game tied.

Harold Castro took second base in the bottom of the inning and advanced to third with a groundout. Hansel Robles struck out the next batter, then issued an intentional walk before Baddoo's game-winning hit to right field.

Both teams scored a run in the fourth.

Willians Astudillo smacked a two-out RBI single in the top of the inning before the Tigers forged a tie after Candelario drew a leadoff walk and scored on Grossman's one-out double.

Detroit scored two runs off reliever Cody Stashak in the fifth. Goodrum led off with a single and Miguel Cabrera drew a one-out walk. Candelario then smacked a double to right, bringing home Goodrum. With two out, Grossman singled to knock in Cabrera.

Cruz made it a one-run game in the seventh inning with his blast over the right-center field wall off Michael Fulmer.

Buxton tied the game at 3 by leading off the eighth inning with his third homer this season.

--Field Level Media

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