The ball that tied up Tuesday night’s Twins-Rangers game wasn’t hit particularly hard and didn’t travel particularly far — just 189 feet to be exact — but it was placed well enough to do the trick.
Charlie Culberson, who reached on an error and advanced on a single and sacrifice bunt, raced home, erasing a lead the Twins had held since the first inning.
The ball that gave the Rangers the lead? Well, that was a different story.
Adolis García’s two-run home run off Brandon Waddell, struck at 106.1 miles per hour off the bat, traveled 404 feet and left no doubt. That home run lifted the Rangers to a 6-3 win over the Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field.
The Twins turned to Waddell in extras after the Rangers scored two runs off lefty Taylor Rogers in the ninth inning to force the tie. The first run, a Willie Calhoun home run, was the second home run Rogers had surrendered to a lefty in as many nights. The run Culberson scored was unearned.
The five runs surrendered in the final two innings sent the Twins to a tough loss on Tuesday night. Though the Twins had been leading all night, they managed just four hits, and at one point, Rangers pitching set down 15 Twins in order.
Most of that came against longtime former Twin Kyle Gibson, who lasted eight innings in his return to Target Field. Gibson allowed just three hits. One was a two-run blast to Byron Buxton in the first inning to give the Twins the lead. Another, a Willians Astudillo solo shot.
But Gibson was otherwise sharp, striking out eight in his effort.
Twins starter J.A. Happ took a no-decision after giving up just a run in his 5 1/3-inning outing.
Happ labored through a 30-pitch first inning, hitting a batter, walking one and allowing an RBI single to García. But he regrouped after that and allowed just three more hits in his start.
Happ, at one point, set down 10 straight batters.