Upton's Walk-Off Homer Snaps Twins 6-Game Win Streak

Detroit Tigers' Justin Upton (8) is high-fived by first base coach Omar Vizquel after hitting a walk-off two-run home run during the ninth inning. Photo: AP/Carlos Osorio
Detroit Tigers' Justin Upton (8) is high-fived by first base coach Omar Vizquel after hitting a walk-off two-run home run during the ninth inning.

August 12, 2017 09:20 PM

Justin Upton hit a two-run homer off Matt Belisle in the ninth inning, giving Detroit a 12-11 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night after the Tigers wasted a five-run lead and then overcame a five-run deficit.

Detroit had been 0-54 this year when trailing after eight innings and had lost six of seven but rallied to stop the Twins' six-game winning streak.

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After James McCann hit a grand slam in a five-run first inning against Jose Berrios, the Twins tied the score 5-5 in the third, then scored twice in the fourth, once in the fifth and three times in the sixth for an 11-6 lead.

Upton hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and McCann hit into a run-scoring forceout in the eighth and scored on Jose Iglesias' home run against Trevor Hildenberger that cut Detroit's gap to 11-10.

Shane Greene (3-2) escaped a bases-loaded jam when he struck out Miguel Sano on a slider. Mikie Mahtook singled against Belisle (0-2) starting the bottom half and Upton drove a high fastball into the left-field seats.

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Associated Press

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