Mauer's HR in 9th lifts Twins to 4-3 win over Red Sox
Joe Anthony Rizzo Jerseys Mauer pumped his fist as he rounded the bases, a rare show of emotion from one of baseball's most understated veterans.
Hard to blame him when he finally lived out the dream every ball player has growing up. A dream that took 14 years to come to reality.
Mauer hit his first career walk-off homer, a solo shot with two outs in the bottom of the ninth that lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.
"It was pretty fun," Mauer said. "Only took me 14 years to do it."
Once one of Kris Bryant Jerseys baseball's best hitters, Mauer has been on a steady decline as a hitter since concussion and leg issues started to take their toll in 2013. Few were expecting him to end the game with one swing of the bat when he stepped to the plate with a .233 average and one homer this season.
But he put a charge into a high fastball from Matt Barnes (3-1) and was mobbed by teammates when he touched home plate.
"I couldn't tell you how he hit it out of the park," Barnes said. "But he's a good player. He's been around for a long, long Chicago Cubs Jerseys time. You tip your cap."
Miguel Sano, who had two hits and an RBI, picked the 225-pound Mauer up and swung him around.
"When I first picked him up, he wasn't heavy," Sano said. "After a while, he's a little heavy."
Phil Hughes gave up one run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings while striking out four in his deepest outing of the season for the Twins, who have won five of six.
Chris Young's pinch-hit, two-run single in the top of the ninth tied the game at 3-3 for the Red Sox, who cheap jerseys were fresh off of an exhausting four-game series against the Orioles that included beanballs, ejections and a fan hurling racial epithets at O's outfielder Adam Jones. Andrew Benintendi hit his fourth homer of the year for Boston.
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