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, at least. In the end, the Detroit Tigers got just one out from it, and the Minnesota Twins made them pay.Johnny Field homered twice, Jorge Polanco hit a bases-loaded triple and the Twins beat the Tigers 11-4 on Wednesday night.The game turned on an odd play in the fifth inning with the Twins leading 6-4.With Robbie Grossman on second and Tyler Austin on first and nobody out, Twins manager Paul Molitor called for a hit-and-run.Willians Astudillo followed with a line drive right at second baseman Dawel Lugo, who threw to second to — it appeared — easily double off Grossman. Shortstop Ronny Rodriguez’s relay to first base seemed to beat Austin, but was in the dirt and Niko Goodrum couldn’t make the scoop.That’s when it got interesting.The Twins claimed Rodriguez was not touching second base when he took Lugo’s throw and a replay reversed the call, putting Grossman back on second.“I was closing my eyes hoping not to see a triple play, and I missed the play,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “A couple guys in the dugout said we want to check it . so our guys were on top of it and they picked it up right away.”Rodriguez was charged with the error, and it was a costly one. The Twins went on to score five runs in the inning, all with two outs. Chris Gimenez hit a two-run single, and after Joe Mauer walked to fill the bases http://www.atlantafalconsteamonline.com/julio-jones-jersey
, Polanco cleared them with a triple to the gap in left-center.“We had a triple play that turned into a five-run inning,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “That’s not good.”Austin also homered and Astudillo had three hits for the Twins.Christin Stewart tripled and drove in two runs for the Tigers.Tyler Duffey (2-2) earned the win with two scoreless innings in relief of starter Jake Odorizzi. Detroit starter Matthew Boyd (9-13) gave up six runs in 3 2/3 innings.Field gave the Twins a 6-4 lead with his second home run of the game. The ball was originally ruled in play, but a video review showed that it barely cleared the fence before bouncing back onto the field.There was no such doubt on Field’s first home run. He led off the second by hitting Boyd’s first pitch off the facing of the second deck in left, giving the Twins a 4-1 lead.Austin’s two-run drive followed Robbie Grossman’s RBI single in the first inning. It was Austin’s 17th homer of the season and ninth since the Twins acquired him from the Yankees in a July 30 trade.The Tigers got RBI singles from Niko Goodrum and James McCann in the third inning, and Stewart tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.MORE FRUSTRATION FOR ODORIZZIThe Twins acquired Odorizzi in a February trade with the Rays, hoping that he’d stabilize the starting rotation and be a solid No. 2 or 3 starter. And he was durable, making 33 starts on the season. But he would agree that too many of them were like his outing on Wednesday.“Truth be told, I’ll probably forget about 2018 tomorrow,” said Odorizzi, who gave up four earned runs on six hits and five walks in just three innings. “I’m going to focus on next year, improving and getting back to the pitcher I am and that this team deserves.”Odorizzi finishes 2018 with a 7-10 record and a career-worst 4.49 ERA. The five free passes he issued on Wednesday also pushed his walk rate to 3.8 per nine innings, tying his highest total in his five major league seasons.“Take the good from this season,” Odorizzi said. “I made all my starts. I remained healthy. It was by no means a year that I’m proud of Authentic Matt Ryan Jersey
, but a year that I learned a lot from. So if I can make the adjustments next year and stay healthy, I’m in for a lot better and will show the fans a lot better too.”MOLITOR MILESTONEThe victory gave Molitor his 300th career managerial victory in his fourth season with the Twins.“It snuck up on me a little bit,” said Molitor, whose career record stands at 300-343. “I guess baseball likes round numbers. I’d rather get to 300 wins before you’ve already seen 300 losses, but that hasn’t been the case.”TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: Mitch Garver returned to action for the first time in two weeks, pinch-hitting in the eighth inning and playing first base in the ninth. He’d been out since Sept. 12, when he suffered a concussion after taking a foul tip off his mask while catching.UP NEXTTigers: LHP Francisco Liriano (5-11, 4.40) will pitch for Detroit on Thursday night in the series finale. Liriano lost consecutive starts against the Twins in August, giving up seven earned runs and walking seven in 6 2/3 innings.Twins: LHP Gabriel Moya (3-1, 4.72) will serve as the “opener” for the Twins on Thursday. LHP Stephen Gonsalves is among the likely candidates to pitch in relief of Moya. TORONTO (AP) — Tampa Bay’s Ryne Stanek became the first rookie pitcher in 75 years to start consecutive games — throwing one inning for the second straight day.“It’s pretty much the same as two relief appearances in a row,” Stanek said. “I didn’t really notice anything different.”Stanek combined with six relievers on a three-hitter in Tampa Bay’s 4-0 victory over Toronto on Tuesday night, which extended the Rays‘ winning streak to four.Tampa Bay has held Toronto to five hits or fewer in seven consecutive meetings, matching the longest streak in the majors since 1920. The Baltimore Orioles did it to the Washington Senators from Sept. 11 Matt Ryan Jersey Limited
, 1968, to April 18, 1969, according to STATS.“We’re getting outstanding pitching performances,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “It seems like just about every night we’re in a ballgame because of our pitching and defense.”Tampa Bay is 9-2 against the Blue Jays this season. Toronto has lost seven of its past nine.A night after throwing 16 pitches, Stanek allowed Devon Travis’ leadoff double and hit Kendrys Morales with a pitch with one out. Stanek escaped a 10-pitch first inning when Randal Grichuk struck out as Morales was caught stealing second.“That was huge for us right there to get the game started off on the right foot,” Stanek said.Stanek became the first rookie to start back-to-back games since the St. Louis Cardinals’ Red Munger got one out in a loss to Philadelphia on July 28, 1943, then pitched a complete game victory over the Phillies the following day, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.“That’s definitely cool,” Stanek said.Stanek became the third pitcher to start consecutive games for the Rays after Sergio Romo against the Los Angeles Angels on May 19 and 20 this year and James Shields on both sides of the All-Star break in 2009.Before Romo, the previous big league pitcher to start consecutive games was Milwaukee’s Zack Grienke, who was ejected after four pitches on July 7 http://www.atlantafalconsteamonline.com/matt-ryan-jersey
, 2012, and started again the next day.Hunter Wood (1-1) pitched two hitless innings, Jalen Beeks worked 2 2/3 innings, Jose Alvarado got one out, Diego Castillo pitched the seventh and eighth, and Adam Kolarek got the first out in the ninth. Romo entered with runners at the corners and got his 19th save in 26 chances when Grichuk fouled out and Kevin Pillar flied out.Tampa Bay has 12 shutouts this season, two shy of AL-leading Cleveland. Three of the Rays’ shutouts have come against the Blue Jays.“They’ve got some good arms, guys have some good breaking balls,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.Matt Duffy reached base twice and had one RBI and Tommy Pham had two hits, including a run-scoring triple, before leaving with a sore groin. Cash said Pham will likely sit Wednesday. The Rays are off Thursday.Rookie Ryan Borucki (3-4) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings.Borucki pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, then gave up Mallex Smith’s RBI groundout in the second. Starting with Smith, Borucki retired 15 of 16 before hitting Kevin Kiermaier with a pitch starting the seventh. Pinch-hitter Ji-Man Choi had an RBI double off Jake Petricka Authentic Calvin Ridley Jersey
, Pham tripled with two outs and came around on Duffy’s single.BACK-TO-BACK BRUISESKiermaier was hit by pitches in two straight trips to the plate, once in the sixth and again in the seventh. He’s the third Rays player this season to be hit twice in the same game.IN A PINCHChoi is 4 for 7 with one homer and five RBI as a pinch hitter this season.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: Tampa Bay recalled RHP Jake Faria from Triple-A Durham and activated C Adam Moore off the restricted list. Moore was unable to join his teammates on the flight to Toronto on Sunday night because of what the team called improper documentation. To make room for Moore on the 40-man roster, the Rays moved INF Daniel Robertson (left thumb) to the 60-day disabled list.Blue Jays: Toronto put RHP Joe Biagini (strained left oblique) on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Saturday, and recalled Petricka from Triple-A Buffalo. … The Blue Jays recalled OF Dwight Smith Jr., 1B Rowdy Tellez and INF Richard Urena from Buffalo and selected the contract of OF Jonathan Davis from their top farm team.UP NEXTRays RHP Tyler Glasnow (0-2, 3.23) starts Wednesday’s series finale against RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 5.22). Glasnow allowed one run and two hits in a loss to Cleveland last Fridays. Sanchez has an 11.88 ERA in two starts since returning from the DL after missing two months because of a finger injury.