Twins' winning run confirmed by instant replay

White Sox challenge Escobar's game-winning slide in ninth

Twins' winning run confirmed by instant replay

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins' dramatic 5-4 win over the White Sox on Friday night at Target Field was confirmed by replay review.

With two outs and runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth, Brian Dozier looped a single into left field. Eduardo Escobar slid head-first into home just as the throw from Alejandro De Aza reached catcher Adrian Nieto, and home-plate umpire Andy Fletcher called Escobar safe.

But as the celebration at Target Field began, White Sox manager Robin Ventura spoke with the umpires and they decided to review the play.

"I honestly didn't think he could reach back with his other hand and touch the plate," Nieto said. "So you've got to tip your hat off to that. He did a great job touching with his other hand."

Replays showed that Nieto blocked Escobar's left hand from reaching the plate, but Escobar was indeed able to touch the plate with his right hand before Nieto tagged him on the lower leg.

"When I saw the replay I was just like, 'Ah,'" Nieto said. "But it helps that there's replay. Unfortunately, it went their way."

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire thought that because Nieto blocked the plate, the run should've counted either way.

"I know you can make an adjustment to the ball coming in, but you're supposed to be in fair territory with your foot," Gardenhire said. "But I would've had an issue if they would have called it [out]."

The review lasted 63 seconds. Fletcher made the "safe" call, and the postgame fireworks show began.

Alex M. Smith is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @asmiff. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.