This game appeared to be headed toward another one of those ugly, one-sided losses we were accustomed to seeing earlier this season, but a monster third inning put the Twins right back in it.
Minnesota, without a defined closer since dealing Brandon Kintzler at the trade deadline in July, saw Matt Belisle get tagged for a game-winning walk-off two-run homer with nobody out in the ninth inning Saturday night to give the Tigers a comeback 12-11 victory over the Twins. But Detroit was far from done.
Detroit blew a 5-0 first-inning lead and trailed 11-6 in the seventh before mounting its comeback.
Minnesota starter Jose Berrios was charged with six runs over 3.1 frames before Dillon Gee gave up three runs in three innings and Matt Belisle served up a two run walk bomb in the 9th.
He allowed a leadoff single to Mikie Mahtook and then Upton stepped up to the plate and the game was over just like that. Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler each had a home run, three hits and three RBI to lead the Twins. Veteran Ervin Santana is scheduled to be on the hill to oppose the division rival Detroit Tigers on Sunday. He has a.258 batting average with 11 home runs and 37 RBI for the season. Twins starter Kyle Gibson allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in 4⅔ innings.
Down 11-7, after blowing a 5-0 lead, the Tigers scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to make a game of it.
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera left the game after six innings with lower-back tightness.
Zimmermann wouldn't survive the fourth.
WHITE SOX 6, ROYALS 3: At Chicago, Tim Anderson hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run, seventh-inning rally, Reynaldo Lopez pitched six strong innings in his White Sox debut and Chicago won its fourth straight.
After two relatively easy innings, when he threw 20 strikes out of 25 pitches, he walked No. 9 hitter Jason Castro with one out in the third. Rosario's second home run in two games went over the wall in right-center field.
He would give up another run on an RBI single by Dozier before departing.