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Spencer Torkelson, Willi Castro power Tigers past Twins

May 30, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Willi Castro (9) hits an RBI single in the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Spencer Torkelson had three hits and drove in the go-ahead run, Willi Castro drove in two runs and the host Detroit Tigers topped the Minnesota Twins 7-5 on Monday.

Jeimer Candelario had two hits, scored two runs and knocked in another, while Derek Hill blasted a solo homer for Detroit.

Detroit starter Beau Brieske gave up four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Joe Jimenez (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and got the win, while Gregory Soto recorded his ninth save.

Jose Miranda hit a two-run homer for the Twins, while Gio Urshela and Gary Sanchez hit solo shots.

Minnesota starter Dylan Bundy allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings.

Sanchez hit his fifth homer off a Brieske fastball to lead off the second. He deposited the 1-0 pitch over the left-center field wall.

Hill tied the score in the third with his first homer of the season. He ripped a 1-2 Bundy offering over the wall in left.

Minnesota made it 3-1 in the fourth. Urshela had a one-out single before Miranda blasted a 1-2 Brieske pitch for his second homer.

Detroit tied it again with three consecutive hits in the bottom of the inning. Candelario led off with a single and scored on Torkelson’s double. Castro brought in Torkelson with a single.

The Tigers took a 4-3 lead in the fifth. Jonathan Schoop had a one-out double and Candelario delivered a two-out RBI single.

Urshela tied it up in the next inning for Minnesota with his fifth homer off a 3-2 changeup from Brieske.

The Tigers regained the lead against Joe Smith (1-1) in the seventh. Schoop led off with a triple. One out later, he was tagged trying to score on a fielder’s choice but Candelario managed to reach second.

Torkelson then brought in Candelario with a single and moved to second on an error. He scored on Castro’s single to center.

Urshela’s RBI double in the eighth cut Detroit’s lead to 6-5. Javier Baez’s RBI single in the bottom of the inning gave the Tigers some breathing room.

–Field Level Media