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Jeimer Candelario's late blast pushes Tigers past Twins in extras

Chris McCosky, The Detroit News on

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MINNEAPOLIS — Harold Castro hit a pair of solo home runs Wednesday, the second a 423-foot blast into the upper tank in right-center field that tied the game at 2 in the top of the eighth inning.

And in the 10th inning, Jeimer Candelario launched a two-run home run onto the berm beyond the center-field wall to put the Tigers up by two with three outs to get.

It was like pulling teeth, but the Tigers got it done, squelching a bases-loaded threat in the bottom of the 10th and securing a 4-2 win in the finale of the three-game series against the Twins at Target Field.

A throwing error at shortstop by Willi Castro put reliever Michael Fulmer in the soup in the 10th. Willi Castro started the game in left field with Harold Castro starting at short. Javier Baez was the designated hitter.

After Luis Arraez singled, the Twins had bases loaded and no outs. Fulmer struck out Carlos Correa and lefty Andrew Chafin was summoned to face left-handed-hitting Max Kepler.

Chafin struck him out for the second out.

 

The Tigers bookended the 3-5 trip with victories and snapped a five-game losing streak against the Twins.

They'd missed a chance to go ahead in the top of the ninth. With the bases loaded and one out, manager AJ Hinch sent up Miguel Cabrera to pinch hit for red-hot but left-handed hitting Harold Castro against lefty Caleb Thielbar.

Cabrera worked the count full then took a borderline pitch at the bottom of the zone. Home plate umpire Charlie Ramos rang it up, called strike three. Cabrera was furious and replays showed the ball was below the strike zone.

Thielbar got Jonathan Schoop to pop out to right to end the inning.

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