Tigers beat Twins in slugfest 17-14
By: Mike Stiles - Thursday, July 29, 2021

Eric Haase congratulates Akil Baddoo during Detroit's win over the Twins (photo courtesy of Brad Rempel/USA Today Sports)

(MINNEAPOLIS) - Playing to a score befitting an NFL matchup, the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins also were counterpunching like the best of boxers. Detroit finally had enough for a knockout blow. Jeimer Candelario and Eric Haase each drove in three runs and the Tigers, despite giving up seven homers and not hitting any, outlasted the Twins 17-14 Wednesday. ...... {LISTEN}. The Tigers led 10-0 in the fourth in an MLB game with a score more likely suited for a game between the Lions and Vikings. After Detroit scored eight times in the top of the fourth, Minnesota got six runs in the bottom half, highlighted by Ryan Jeffers' grand slam. Down 13-6, the Twins scored six more in the eighth on Miguel SanĂ³'s second homer of the game and drives by Max Kepler, Brent Rooker and Jeffers. Minnesota became the fourth team since 1901 to hit seven homers in a nine-inning game and lose, and the first since the Chicago White Sox on June 25, 2016, against Toronto. Haase's three-run double in the ninth gave the Tigers another cushion. ...... {LISTEN}. Jorge Polanco hit a two-run homer in the Twins ninth. The Tigers posted their highest run total of the season and won their second straight game, assuring themselves of at least a .500 finish for the month of July. Since going 8-19 in April, Detroit is nearing its third straight winning month. Derek Holland (2-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win. J.A. Happ (5-6) was tagged for nine runs on 10 hits and four walks in three innings. Since posting a 1.91 ERA through his first five starts, Happ has given up 68 earned runs in 70 innings (8.74 ERA).

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