Polanco and the Twins pen seal the victory
The eighth inning was eventful from the get-go as Emmanuel Clase came in for the Rangers and gave up a leadoff single to Ehire Adrianza and a double to Jason Castro. With two runners on and nobody out, Jake Cave struck out and C.J. Cron, who entered the game for Kepler due to heat illness, would ground into a drawn-in infield on a contact play, which would have Adrianza thrown out at the plate.
With the Twins rally appearing to be on life support, Miguel Sano would draw a clutch walk to load the bases and Polanco would drive a ball into the gap for a bases-clearing triple that would give the Twins a 6-3 advantage.
From there, the bullpen would take over as Sergio Romo pitched around a leadoff error in the bottom of the eighth inning and Taylor Rogers would get the tying run up to the plate, but strike out Rougned Odor on a fastball to help secure the victory.
The win put a positive spin on the Twins road trip as they’ll head back to Target Field for a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. In Monday’s series opener, the Twins will throw Kyle Gibson (11-5, 4.28 ERA) against Ivan Nova (8-9, 4.51 ERA) for a 7:10 p.m. start.