Eric Haase’s 9th-inning grand slam sets table for Detroit’s 11-inning win over Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night
MINNEAPOLIS — Miguel Cabrera hit a run-scoring single in the 11th inning after Eric Haase tied the game with a grand slam with one out in the top of the ninth as the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Tuesday night.
Cabrera’s hit scored automatic runner Jonathan Schoop.
The Tigers tied the score with a homer in the ninth inning for the second straight game. Robbie Grossman, who singled to start the ninth-inning comeback, hit a two-run homer on Monday night before Minnesota won 6-5 in 10 innings.
“Pretty awesome, just to walk away with a ‘W’ is huge,” Haase said. “We’ve been in every single one of these games. It’s come down to the last inning multiple times and we just couldn’t get over that hump, couldn’t finish the game. Miggy had a huge single right there. Coming in just lights out, out of the bullpen awesome.”
Five relievers combined for seven scoreless innings.
Jose Cisnero (2-4) got out of a 10th inning jam to earn the win for the Tigers, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Daniel Norris notched his first career save after stranding Willians Astudillo at third base in the 11th.
Haase had struck out twice and grounded into a double play before hitting his first career grand slam and the 17th homer of his first full major league season.
“Storybook season as the hometown kid continues,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said of Haase, who was born in Detroit and went to Divine Child high school in Dearborn, Michigan. “Really, an uplifting swing for us. We were pretty beaten up a little bit in this game and never really felt like we were doing much to get back into it until that ninth.”
Jorge Alcala (2-5) allowed Cabrera’s single and took the loss in 1 1/3 innings of relief on a hot, humid night in Minnesota.
The first-pitch temperature was 91 degrees, and the humidity added to the unpleasantness with an excessive heat warning in effect in the area.
Mitch Garver gave the Twins a 4-0 lead just four batters into the game on Tuesday night with his first career grand slam.