“We play hard," Arraez said. "That’s why we won the game today."
The Twins have won the first three games of the series against the Tigers, with one remaining before the All-Star break.
For the second straight day, it took until the sixth inning for Minnesota to get on the scoreboard against Detroit. The Twins had a four-run sixth on Friday, then on Saturday they scored two in the sixth, three in the seventh and four in the eighth.
“It’s a beautiful thing when you stay at it and you continue to have the at-bats you’re looking for and you put some runs across the board,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “There’s different ways to do it. Today, we went deep and brought some runs in and made it happen.”
“That would have changed the game more than necessarily even the Jimenez homer,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said of the eighth inning. “The back half of this game was a mess. We didn’t do a lot right.”
Kyle Funkhouser started Saturday’s bullpen game for the Tigers. Funkhouser gave up just two first-inning singles in 2 1/3 innings of work. Detroit used seven total pitchers Saturday.
Ober surrendered four runs in just 3 1/3 innings, matching the shortest of his eight starts in his debut season. Danny Coloumbe (1-0) earned his first win since 2018 with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.
Nelson Cruz stole his second base of the year. It’s the first time since 2016 that the veteran slugger stole multiple bases in a season.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli has big plans for next week’s All-Star break: he’s getting married.
Baldelli and his fiance, Allie, will tie the knot on Tuesday in a small ceremony. He said the couple has plans for a bigger celebration eventually, possibly during the offseason.
“We’ve been together a long time,” Baldelli said. “I probably should have been on this and gotten this done a little while ago, but it’ll be great.”
Tigers: RF Nomar Mazara was scratched from the lineup Saturday after feeling under the weather. He was replaced in the lineup by SS Zack Short, with Niko Goodrum moving from shortstop to the outfield.
Twins: Baldelli said C Mitch Garver is “meeting some thresholds” as he works his way back from a groin contusion. Garver remains on track to join Triple-A St. Paul next week to begin a rehab assignment.
RHP José Berríos (7-3, 3.36 ERA) will get the start for Minnesota in Sunday’s series finale. Berríos allowed just one earned run and struck out 10 in seven innings his last time out in a loss against the White Sox. Detroit will counter with RHP Wily Peralta (2-1, 2.14 ERA), who is making his fifth start of the year. Peralta threw seven scoreless innings against Texas in his most recent start.
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