MINNEAPOLIS - Eduardo Escobar's two-run double with one out in the ninth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
"It's a lot of fun for us," coach Ron Gardenhire said. "To get a win here at home for the people that braved this cold. It was really exciting out there at the end."
After Joaquin Benoit issued a leadoff walk to Trevor Plouffe, reliever Phil Coke took over. Coke got the first out, but Brian Dozier's single advanced pinch-runner Jamey Carroll to third. Then Escobar drove the first pitch Coke to the deepest part of the park in front of the bullpens in left-center field.
"We had a good spring. When you lose the first game, I know some people think the world's going to end, but you get a lot of chances in this game," Gardenhire said.
The ball bounced between outfielders Andy Dirks and Austin Jackson and both runners scored easily. The rebuilding Twins enjoyed their first on-field celebration of the season and spoiled another strong performance by a Tigers starter.
The AL Central champion Tigers began the season without a set closer after Jose Valverde wasn't brought back.
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