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It's a walkoff, Eddie Rosario's swing lifts Twins past Padres

Crack! Sailing through the air the ball goes right field and stays fair for a walkoff home run.

Coming up in the clutch was none other than Minnesota Twins’ Eddie Rosario. In the bottom of the 10th inning with Joe Mauer on first base and the Twins down to their final out Rosario hits a homer to win 3-1 Wednesday night, Sept. 13. The win swept the San Diego Padres in a 2-game series following a 16-0 historic shutout the night before. The homer also gives the Twins a franchise record for most homers in a two-game series with eight.

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Eddie Rosario, of the Minnesota Twins, walking toward the dugout during a Major League Baseball game against the Houston Astros at Target Field in Minneapolis May 31, 2017 (photo: Gino Terrell).

“It was loud. That’s what I heard,” Mauer said of Rosario’s home run to Fox Sports North postgame. “He put a heck of a swing on a cutter and it went a long ways.”

Rosario threw off his helmet before reaching home plate to celebrate his first career walkoff with teammates.

“I feel awesome,” Rosario told Fox Sports North postgame. “That’s my dream.”

He doesn’t want his dream to stop Wednesday night as he’s looking forward to going to the postseason, Rosario said before getting another water bath.

While Tuesday night bats were alive for the Twins, Wednesday was a pitching duel between Padres Dinelson Lamet and Twins ace Ervin Santana. Santana piled up seven strikeouts limiting the Padres to three hits in six innings pitched with an ERA of 0.

“Every time I go out there and put zero on the board its great for the team,” Santana told reporters post game.

After a lopsided shutout Tuesday night, Manager Paul Molitor doesn’t quite know how this game came so close. However, winning games like this is important and a message he told reporters is there’s no games they’re “suppose to win.” He wants Twins to bring the same intensity to each game they play, and Wednesday’s game against the now 65-81 Padres was no exception.

Still controlling their playoff destiny, Twins are second in the American League wild card race with a 76-69 record trailing the New York Yankees three games for the first wild card slot. During this final stretch there’s no pressure getting to this young team Mauer assures.

“The boys are looking at it just like April and May,” Mauer said. “The boys have been resilient all year long.”

Click here, to watch Joe Mauer hit his first career walkoff on Cinco de Mayo 2017.

Gino Terrell

Gino Terrell

Gino Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press (St. Paul, MN no. 1 newspaper), KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists (most notable: NABJ Student Journalist of the Year) and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul) where he graduated Spring 2016. He was once the sports editor for The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026