The Twins had several chances to add insurance runs in their half of the ninth, but Miguel Sano struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning. Santana did not receive a decision in a 5-4 win versus Milwaukee with are all four runs scoring (two earned) on six hits over six frames.
Jose Iglesias followed with a line-drive home run to left, a two-run shot that made it a one-run game.
Right-hander Matt Belisle, who got the last out in the eighth, gave up a lead-off single to Mikie Mahtook to start the ninth. Finally, they led 12-11 and the night was over as Justin Upton jogged around the bases after clobbering a walk-off two-run home run.
Twins starter Kyle Gibson went 4 2/3 innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits. Mauer's sixth home run, to left-center field, was his 16th against Detroit in his career and his five RBIs gave him 114 versus the Tigers. The Angels and Mariners are playing each other, so by the end of the night one of them will jump above the Twins. The Twins racked up 19 hits with Joe Mauer going deep and driving in five while Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton each homered and knocked in two runs apiece.
RANGERS 6, ASTROS 4: At Arlington, Texas, Cole Hamels pitched seven scoreless innings, Elvis Andrus scored each time after his three hits and Texas handed Houston its fourth straight loss. Then, they trailed 11-6.
After two relatively easy innings, when he threw 20 strikes out of 25 pitches, he walked No. 9 hitter Jason Castro with one out in the third.
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera left the game after six innings with lower-back tightness. It was the fourth home run allowed by Mujica in five innings with the Tigers.
Zimmermann wouldn't survive the fourth.
Berrios gave up five runs to Detroit in the first, one on an RBI single by Nicholas Castellanos and four on a grand slam by McCann, his 11th home run and second career slam. Things would tilt back in the Tigers favor from there on. The five-RBI night gave Mauer seven RBIs (and five hits) in the series.
Our models project Escobar for a.256 batting average, with 3 home runs, 13 RBI, and 14 runs scored over 128 plate appearances remaining this season.