Detroit Tigers take advantage of Twins errors, win opener, 7-5

Detroit Tigers take advantage of Twins errors, win opener, 7-5

Detroit Tigers rookie Spencer Torkelson hit a grounder between first and second base with two outs in the seventh inning. Minnesota Twins first baseman Jose Miranda tracked down the ball, but his throw to relief pitcher Joe Smith, running to cover first base, resulted in an error. 

The Tigers scored two runs with two outs in the seventh, all thanks to that error, to help produce a 7-5 win over the Twins in Monday’s five-game series opener in front of 15,191 fans at Comerica Park on Memorial Day.

“I think we had all the feeling of like, we’re going to win this game, that whole entire game,” Torkelson said. “They would score, and we weren’t too worried about it. We were going to go out there, put good at-bats together and drive guys in. Just a really good team win.”

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Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario celebrates after scoring in the seventh inning of the Tigers' 7-5 win over the Twins on Monday, May 30, 2022, at Comerica Park.

Detroit improved to 18-29 with four wins in their past five games, now 10 games behind Minnesota for first place in the American League Central. The Tigers scored at least seven runs for the first time since April 23 and for the third time in 47 games this season.

“There was a lot to like today,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “We could have been better, obviously, but it’s always nice to kickstart a long series against a team with a win.”

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