MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario was his typical entertaining self on Monday, sparking the go-ahead rally in the eighth with a double on a fastball way above the strike zone, tagging up and scoring on a shallow fly ball to center for an insurance run and making a
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario was his typical entertaining self on Monday, sparking the go-ahead rally in the eighth with a double on a fastball way above the strike zone, tagging up and scoring on a shallow fly ball to center for an insurance run and making a four-star catch into the left-field wall to end the game and preserve a 4-2 win over the Tigers.
With Eduardo Escobar at first after a one-out walk and the score tied in the eighth, Rosario smacked a 1-2 pitch from lefty Daniel Stumpf that was up above the letters for a double into right-center. After a bases-loaded walk from Logan Morrison gave the Twins the lead, Robbie Grossman lifted a fly ball to center fielder Leonys Martin, who appeared to relax and briefly lose his footing, allowing Rosario to make a daring dash for home with Martin's throw going to the backstop.
"He's one of those don't-blink players, you don't know what's going to happen at any moment when he's involved with a play," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "He showed it with the bat, he showed it with his legs and he showed it with his defense."
Rosario fooled Martin, as he casually walked from third, pretending like he wasn't ready to run, only to break at the last minute with Martin not expecting it. It caused Martin to throw flat-footed, easily allowing Rosario to score.
"I've done it before," Rosario said. "Every time, the short fly, people are thinking the guy at third base is not running. So I put on a little fake, like I was walking a little bit, and after that, I ran hard. He wasn't ready to throw the ball."
Rosario wasn't done with his theatrics, as John Hicks hit a deep drive into the left-field corner with two outs in the ninth, only to see Rosario leap into the wall to make his first four-star catch of the year, per Statcast™. Rosario had to cover 77 feet in 4.7 seconds, giving him a 30 percent catch probability.
"Crazy plays out there, but that's our Puerto Rican-style right there for you," said Twins right-hander Jose Berrios, who picked up the win. "We played in the WBC together the last two times, and that's the way he plays. He's an aggressive player."
Closer Fernando Rodney had to wait to make his signature bow-and-arrow salute after his 10th save, making sure Rosario had caught the ball.
"I liked it," Rosario said. "Maybe I'll do it more. I didn't feel bad. But I felt my face over there in the wall. But I feel good."
Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.