DETROIT (AP) — On Saturday night, the Detroit Tigers didn’t look like a team that was ready to break a season-long streak of futility.
The Tigers were 0-54 this year when trailing after eight innings and had lost six of seven games overall. But the Tigers overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Minnesota Twins 12-11 on Justin Upton’s two-run homer in the ninth inning.
“I’m pretty sure that no one in this clubhouse knew that we were 0-54,” Upton said. “We know that, despite everything, we’ve fought to the end of every game. It didn’t pay off the first 54 times, but it did tonight.”
The Tigers blew their own five-run lead before coming back to end Minnesota’s six-game winning streak.
“That’s a game that has a huge range of emotions,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “We’re up big and blow it, get down big and come back to win it. That’s probably the best-tasting win of the year.”
The loss, combined with Kansas City’s win, means the Twins lead the Royals and Tampa Bay Rays by a half-game in the wild-card race.
“It’s an ugly, tough loss to take,” Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. “We need to win games, but we had 11 runs and 19 hits and couldn’t win.”
After James McCann hit a grand slam in a five-run first inning against Jose Berrios, the Twins tied the score 5-5 in the third, then scored twice in the fourth, once in the fifth and three times in the sixth for an 11-6 lead.
Upton hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and McCann hit into a run-scoring forceout in the eighth and scored on Jose Iglesias’ home run against Trevor Hildenberger that…
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