DETROIT – Jorge Polanco hit a two-run double in the sixth inning and the Minnesota Twins held back Akil Baddoo and the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday.
Baddoo hit an RBI triple and threw a runner from leftfield – another impressive day in this great start to his big league-career. But the rookie doubled on third base after his big hit – it was a tough day on base for the Tigers, who also had to retire at home in the sixth.
Wilson Ramos homered for Detroit and Matthew Boyd (1-1) gave up three runs in seven innings.
Kenta Maeda (1-0) threw six mostly strong innings and gave up two runs and seven hits. He produced two basehits, a double and a walk in the sixth, but Detroit didn't score.
Willi Castro was thrown out for the first out at home when he tried to score from first base on Miguel Cabrera & # 39; s double. Then, with the bases loaded, Jonathan Schoop batted to the right. Kyle Garlick caught it and threw Cabrera away at home – while Baddoo waited on deck.
"What a relief," Maeda said through a translator. "If it hadn't been for those two games, I don't think our team win would have been there."
Castro said he paused at Cabrera's hit, as left fielder Jake Cave attempted to make a diving catch. Cave quickly got up and threw to shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who made the throw to eliminate Castro.
"Obviously that's an aggressive game, and there are no outs," said Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. "I think it was more about executing."
Polanco, who himself was thrown out twice in an inning-out inning on Tuesday, got his key hit after Castro was unable to field Nelson Cruz's hard two-out grounder to the short stop. That infield-single left men on first and second base, and Polanco drove them both home to erase a 2-1 lead in Detroit.
Cruz initially got a call on his hit – Schoop, the second baseman, fielded the ball after it bounced off Castro and threw it to first base – but the call was reversed after a video judgment.
"That's a really big game," said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli. "It looked like a very close play from the dugout."
Baddoo homered on the first pitch to him in his Major League-debut on Sunday. Then he hit a grand slam on Monday and a game-winning single Tuesday. His triple gave the Tigers an 1-0 lead on Wednesday.
& # 39; Akil is in the middle of everything, & # 39; Hinch said. "Because of the damage he's done so far, he won't get many free attacks. That word is going around the world."
Willians Astudillo tied the score with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Ramos hit a solo-homer in the bottom of that inning.
Alex Colomé pitched two innings for his second save.
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Gemini: Minnesota put OR Brent Rooker on the list with 10 days injured with a cervical strain. The Twins selected LHP Brandon Waddell's contract from the taxi crew.
The Twins will play their home opener against Seattle on Thursday. José Berríos (1-0) starts for Minnesota against Marco Gonzales (0-0). Berríos threw six no-hit innings in Milwaukee in his previous appearance.
Detroit has a day off and starts a series of three games in Cleveland. Julio Tehran (1-0) took the mound for the Tigers on Friday-evening against Zach Plesac (0-1).