Thursday, June 14, 2018 1:00 am
Detroit 5 Minnesota 2
Gardenhire wins No. 1,100
DAVE HOGG | Associated Press
DETROIT – Ron Gardenhire didn't mind getting a beer shower from his players Wednesday night.
He just didn't know why it was happening.
“They ambushed me, and they really got me,” he said after his Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2. “I wasn't expecting it, and now I'm dripping all over the place.”
While Gardenhire didn't realize he had just won his 1,100th game as a manager, someone – he suspects bench coach Steve Liddle – tipped off James McCann. McCann rounded up his teammates and raided the cooler.
“We soaked him,” Tigers third baseman Nicholas Castellanos said. “He didn't know what hit him.”
The milestone had a little extra meaning for Gardenhire because it came against the Twins, the team he managed from 2002-14.
“I have this big D on my chest now, and it was the Tigers who won this one, but an awful lot of them came with the team on the other side of the diamond tonight,” he said.
For most of the night, it appeared the Tigers weren't going to get the win. Playing for the first time since Miguel Cabrera's season-ending biceps injury, they stranded eight batters in the first seven innings and trailed 2-1.
The Twins then failed to add an insurance run in the eighth, stranding Eduardo Escobar after a one-out triple, and it came back to haunt them.
With one out in the bottom of the inning, John Hicks, Niko Goodrum and Grayson Greiner hit consecutive singles off Addison Reed (1-5) to tie the game. Jose Iglesias popped out, but Victor Reyes grounded an RBI single to left.
Reyes started the night hitting .196 with four RBI in 30 games.
Leonys Martin followed with an RBI single and Reyes scored on right fielder Robbie Grossman's error to make it 5-2.
Joe Jimenez (3-0) got the win with a scoreless eighth. Shane Greene, Detroit's fifth pitcher, threw a perfect ninth for his 16th save.