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Tucker Barnhart and Eugenio Suárez had RBI singles a three-run 10th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Minnesota Twins 5-Three Sunday in a regular-season finale that decided postseason matchups.
Regardless of the loss, Minnesota (36-24) clinched its second straight American League Central title when the Chicago White Sox misplaced to the Cubs. The third-seeded Twins host No. 6 seed Houston within the first spherical beginning Tuesday.
“We weren’t targeted on who we could be enjoying,” Minnesota supervisor Rocco Baldelli mentioned. “There was loads happening in that sport at this time. It’s inconceivable to disclaim. … Usually you simply fear about successful the sport. Usually you simply exit and say, ‘We’re going to concentrate on successful. That’s the one factor that issues.’ And that’s the best way it’s in all probability 99 % of the time you’re taking the sphere.”
Cincinnati (31-29) grew to become the Nationwide League’s seventh seed and can play No. 2 Atlanta beginning Wednesday.
Raisel Iglesias (4-3) pitched 1 1/Three innings, permitting Marwin Gonzalez’s RBI single within the backside of the 10th.
Caleb Thielbar (2-1) began the 10th and obtained one out, then was changed by Sergio Romo, who allowed the run-scoring hits and a bases-loaded stroll to Joey Votto whereas failing to get any outs.
Internet hosting Houston may very well be necessary for the Twins, a significant league-best 24-7 at house this season. Minnesota went 101-61 final 12 months and gained the AL Central by eight video games, then was swept by the New York Yankees within the Division Collection.
As of the 10th inning, Minnesota nonetheless may have completed second, third or fourth within the seeding.
“With all the brand new guidelines, we are able to’t actually watch the sport any extra on the TVs on the market, so just about all we needed to do was watch the scoreboard,” reliever Tyler Duffey mentioned. “We knew who we wanted to win and who wanted to do what. … Clearly, we might have liked to have gained and brought it in our personal arms, however a win’s a win finally. You’ve obtained a day to prepare for our subsequent collection.”
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