Twins, Forsythe outslug Tigers

Veteran infielder collects five hits

AP Photo Detroit center fielder Victor Reyes makes a futile dive for a hit by Minnesota’s Jorge Polanco during the sixth inning Thursday.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — All that Logan Forsythe has done since arriving in Minnesota is get hits.

The veteran infielder joined the Twins at the beginning of August in a trade that sent popular second baseman Brian Dozier to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Thursday night was Forsythe’s 14th game in a Minnesota uniform, and arguably his best.

Forsythe had a career-high five hits and Jorge Polanco drove in four runs as the Twins outslugged the Detroit Tigers for a 15-8 victory.

“Forsythe has come over here and has gotten on fire,” manager Paul Molitor said. “It’s given us a big lift.”

The teams combined for seven homers, with Polanco’s three-run shot accounting for one of three by the Twins. Miguel Sano and Ehire Adrianza also went deep for Minnesota, which broke the game open with a seven-run sixth inning.

Forsythe raised his batting average with the Twins to .449 (22 for 49). He was lifted for a pinch-runner in the seventh and received a nice ovation from the Target Field crowd.

“I just felt like I’ve been in a good place and I just try to stay consistent with that approach, and the work, and it just came out tonight,” said Forsythe, who had two doubles. “A little luck’s involved when you get five in one night.”

Minnesota chased Tigers lefty Francisco Liriano (3-8) in the second. A two-run, opposite-field homer by Sano ended Liriano’s night after he allowed eight runs, four earned.

“Frankie obviously didn’t have his stuff and they whacked him around pretty good,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We got back in the ballgame pretty nicely and then they had another big inning.”

Twins starter Ervin Santana wasn’t particularly sharp, either, in his fifth start after missing most of the year rehabbing a finger injury. Santana was pulled in the fifth after loading the bases with nobody out. He gave up seven runs and seven hits.

Mikie Mahtook and James McCann hit consecutive homers off Santana in the fourth to trim Minnesota’s lead to 8-5. It was the first time all season the Tigers connected for back-to-back shots.

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