Cron' 3-run blast helps Twins split doubleheader with Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) C.J. Cron's second home run on a long day turned out to be the bigger one.

Cron hit a three-run homer to break open the game in the fifth inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3 on Saturday night to earn a split of a doubleheader.

In the opener, Cron homered in the eighth inning to tie it at 3-all, but Detroit's John Hicks went deep in the ninth to put the Tigers back on top, and Detroit won 5-3.

Cron went 5-for-8 on the day. His homer in the opener was a towering drive to right-center field, while in the nightcap he hit a scorching line drive that just cleared the left-field fence.

''Get a good pitch to hit, put a good swing on it, and whatever happens after that, I can't control that,'' Cron said. ''It was nice to be able to find the seats.''

Cron's blast in the nightcap off rookie Gregory Soto put Minnesota up 7-3, giving Kohl Stewart a cushion. Stewart (1-1) allowed three runs in six innings to earn the third victory of his major league career.

Marwin Gonzalez also homered for the Twins in the second game, and Eddie Rosario had three hits and drove in a run.

The Twins jumped on Soto (0-1), who made his major league debut after being called up from Double-A Erie as the Tigers' 26th man. Soto was charged with seven runs on nine hits in four innings, departing after Cron's homer.

Lefty Nick Ramirez also made his big league debut Saturday for Detroit. He relieved Soto and allowed one run in four innings.

''These kids get an opportunity like this and it's a big moment, something you'll never forget,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''Those smiles when they came out of the ballgame, that means everything in the world.''

Designated hitter Miguel Cabrera was tossed in the first inning of the nightcap after yelling to the home plate umpire from the dugout.

EARLIER ACTION

In the first game, Ronny Rodriguez hit a pair of solo homers for the Tigers before Hicks' blast put them ahead for good.

Cron homered off Joe Jimenez (2-1), but Hicks followed by connecting on the first pitch from Trevor Hildenberger (2-2).

Shane Greene pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his AL-leading 14th save.

Spencer Turnbull allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings for Detroit. He departed after Jason Castro's homer, which followed a successful challenge that backfired for Detroit. Castro took first base, appearing to be hit by a pitch from Turnbull. The Tigers challenged the call, and it was ruled the ball hit Castro's bat. He returned to the batter's box and launched his fifth homer of the season.

Michael Pineda started the first game for Minnesota and allowed three runs in six-plus innings. He gave up both of Rodriguez's homers and did not issue a walk for the second time in eight starts this season.

''I'm happy because I tried to pitch a quality game, and this was a quality game,'' Pineda said. ''But at the end of the day, I'm not happy because we lost.''

Gardenhire was ejected from the first game for arguing balls and strikes.

The doubleheader was scheduled to make up a game that was postponed on April 12 because of blizzard-like conditions. Rain fell briefly during the opener. It was enough to send fans scurrying for cover, but the game was not delayed.

ROSTER MOVES

Minnesota placed Martin Perez on the paternity list and recalled Stewart from Triple-A Rochester. The Twins added RHP Tyler Duffey as the 26th man. Both Stewart and Duffey were sent back to Rochester after the doubleheader.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Detroit reinstated LHP Blaine Hardy from the 10-day injured list. He had been on the IL since April 22 with a left forearm strain. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Tigers optioned RHP Eduardo Jimenez to Triple-A Toledo.

Twins: Gonzalez, who suffered a facial contusion Friday during a collision with Detroit first baseman Niko Goodrum, sat out the opener.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris (1-0, 3.47 ERA) will face the Twins for the second time this year when he starts Sunday's series finale.

Twins: LHP Perez (5-0, 2.83) returns from the paternity list to start Sunday.

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  • W: K. Stewart (1-1)L: G. Soto (0-1)
  • HR: DET - J. Candelario (2), MIN - M. Gonzalez (3), C. Cron (9)
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R. Rodriguez SS40000012.303.347.6971.044-0.5
J. Hicks 1B31000112.284.338.463.8011.5
J. Candelario 3B41121010.201.301.306.6076.5
G. Greiner C40100020.207.255.337.5920.0
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M. Garver C41110112.357.438.7861.2235.5
M. Gonzalez 3B42211101.221.307.319.6269.0
N. Cruz DH32110100.276.362.520.8825.0
E. Rosario LF51310011.238.274.537.8114.5
C. Cron 1B51431011.261.318.521.83911.5
M. Kepler RF40110002.244.314.474.7882.0
J. Schoop 2B40000015.276.324.504.827-0.5
E. Adrianza SS40100011.130.238.185.4230.5
B. Buxton CF41200010.257.311.460.7723.5
K. Stewart P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Magill P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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T. Duffey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Stewart (7)
    • 3B - N. Castellanos (3)
    • HR - J. Candelario (2)
    • RBI - B. Dixon (10), J. Candelario 2 (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos 2 (2), M. Cabrera, B. Dixon, J. Hicks 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Cron (4), B. Buxton (16)
    • 3B - M. Garver
    • HR - M. Gonzalez (3), C. Cron (9)
    • SF - N. Cruz, M. Kepler (3)
    • RBI - M. Garver (17), M. Gonzalez (10), N. Cruz (22), E. Rosario (32), C. Cron 3 (23), M. Kepler (19)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Garver 2 (2), M. Gonzalez, E. Rosario, M. Kepler, J. Schoop 4 (4), E. Adrianza
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Jones
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Adrianza-Schoop-Cron)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Soto (L, 0-1)4.097721115.752.75-10.5
    N. Ramirez4.06111512.251.756.5
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Soto (L, 0-1)4.0
    N. Ramirez4.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Stewart (W, 1-1)6.06332216.001.5818.0
    M. Magill1.01001202.701.352.0
    M. Morin1.00000002.250.253.0
    T. Duffey1.00000301.421.114.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Stewart (W, 1-1)6.0
    M. Magill1.0
    M. Morin1.0
    T. Duffey1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - N. Ramirez 2 (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Soto 88-54, N. Ramirez 72-46
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Soto 5-6, N. Ramirez 5-2
    • Batters Faced - G. Soto 23, N. Ramirez 19
    PITCHING
    • WP - K. Stewart 2 (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Stewart 90-57, M. Magill 19-12, M. Morin 7-4, T. Duffey 16-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Stewart 10-5, M. Morin 2-1
    • Batters Faced - K. Stewart 25, M. Magill 5, M. Morin 3, T. Duffey 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    N. Goodrum 2B30100100.224.326.379.7052.0
    C. Stewart LF41100013.221.295.485.7802.5
    N. Castellanos RF40200003.264.320.429.7494.0
    M. Cabrera DH10000001.286.348.350.6980.0
    a- B. Dixon PH-DH30110001.297.316.514.8292.0
    R. Rodriguez SS40000012.303.347.6971.044-0.5
    J. Hicks 1B31000112.284.338.463.8011.5
    J. Candelario 3B41121010.201.301.306.6076.5
    G. Greiner C40100020.207.255.337.5920.0
    J. Jones CF30000111.148.216.259.4750.5
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    • a-singled for Cabrera in the 3rd
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Garver C41110112.357.438.7861.2235.5
    M. Gonzalez 3B42211101.221.307.319.6269.0
    N. Cruz DH32110100.276.362.520.8825.0
    E. Rosario LF51310011.238.274.537.8114.5
    C. Cron 1B51431011.261.318.521.83911.5
    M. Kepler RF40110002.244.314.474.7882.0
    J. Schoop 2B40000015.276.324.504.827-0.5
    E. Adrianza SS40100011.130.238.185.4230.5
    B. Buxton CF41200010.257.311.460.7723.5
    K. Stewart P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    M. Magill P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    M. Morin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Duffey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Stewart (7)
      • 3B - N. Castellanos (3)
      • HR - J. Candelario (2)
      • RBI - B. Dixon (10), J. Candelario 2 (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos 2 (2), M. Cabrera, B. Dixon, J. Hicks 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Cron (4), B. Buxton (16)
      • 3B - M. Garver
      • HR - M. Gonzalez (3), C. Cron (9)
      • SF - N. Cruz, M. Kepler (3)
      • RBI - M. Garver (17), M. Gonzalez (10), N. Cruz (22), E. Rosario (32), C. Cron 3 (23), M. Kepler (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Garver 2 (2), M. Gonzalez, E. Rosario, M. Kepler, J. Schoop 4 (4), E. Adrianza
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Jones
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Adrianza-Schoop-Cron)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Soto (L, 0-1)4.097721115.752.75-10.5
      N. Ramirez4.06111512.251.756.5
      Total8.01588362---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Soto (L, 0-1)4.0
      N. Ramirez4.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Stewart (W, 1-1)6.06332216.001.5818.0
      M. Magill1.01001202.701.352.0
      M. Morin1.00000002.250.253.0
      T. Duffey1.00000301.421.114.5
      Total9.0733371---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Stewart (W, 1-1)6.0
      M. Magill1.0
      M. Morin1.0
      T. Duffey1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - N. Ramirez 2 (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Soto 88-54, N. Ramirez 72-46
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Soto 5-6, N. Ramirez 5-2
      • Batters Faced - G. Soto 23, N. Ramirez 19
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Stewart 2 (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Stewart 90-57, M. Magill 19-12, M. Morin 7-4, T. Duffey 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Stewart 10-5, M. Morin 2-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Stewart 25, M. Magill 5, M. Morin 3, T. Duffey 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Gonzalez homered to left38
      • 5TH INNING
        Cron homered to left, Cruz and Rosario scored37
      • 3RD INNING
        Dixon singled to right, Stewart scored, Castellanos to second34
      • 2ND INNING
        Cruz hit sacrifice fly to center, Garver scored, Gonzalez to second24
        Garver tripled to deep right center, Buxton scored23
        Candelario homered to right center, Hicks scored22
      • 1ST INNING
        Kepler hit sacrifice fly to left, Cruz scored02
        Rosario singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Cruz to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Tyler Duffey relieved Mike Morin
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Candelario struck out on foul tip
        • G. Greiner: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Greiner struck out swinging
        • J. Jones: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Mike Morin relieved Matt Magill
        • B. Dixon: Dixon lined out to center
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Ball, Hicks grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Cruz popped out to second
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Cron singled to right center
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Cron to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kepler popped out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Matt Magill relieved Kohl Stewart
        • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Greiner struck out looking
        • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jones walked
        • N. Goodrum: Goodrum singled to right, Jones to third
        • C. Stewart: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Castellanos flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Adrianza grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garver walked
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Stewart Pitching:
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Foul, Rodriguez grounded out to third
        • J. Hicks: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • J. Candelario: Candelario grounded bunt out to catcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez homered to left
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Cruz grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Rosario singled to center
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Kepler singled to right, Rosario to third
        • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Stewart Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Goodrum grounded out to third
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Stewart flied out to left
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Castellanos tripled to left
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Strike looking, Dixon grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Soto Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz singled to right center
        • E. Rosario: Rosario reached on bunt single to third, Cruz to second
        • C. Cron: Ball, Cron homered to left, Cruz and Rosario scored
        • Nick Ramirez relieved Gregory Soto
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Kepler grounded out to first
        • J. Schoop: Foul, Schoop grounded out to second
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Adrianza singled to center
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Foul, Buxton singled to left center, Adrianza to second
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Adrianza to third, Buxton to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Stewart Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario grounded out to first
        • G. Greiner: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Greiner grounded out to third
        • J. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Jones grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Soto Pitching:
        • B. Buxton: Buxton grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garver lined out to left
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Stewart Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Goodrum flied out to deep center
        • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Stewart doubled to left
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos reached on an infield single to shortstop, Stewart to third
        • Brandon Dixon hit for Miguel Cabrera
        • B. Dixon: Dixon singled to right, Stewart scored, Castellanos to second
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rodriguez struck out looking
        • J. Hicks: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Castellanos to third, Dixon to second on wild pitch, Hicks flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Soto Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Cron doubled to deep left
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kepler flied out to left
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Ball, Schoop grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Adrianza grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Stewart Pitching:
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rodriguez grounded out to third
        • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario homered to right center, Hicks scored
        • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Greiner singled to right
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Jones grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Greiner out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Soto Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Adrianza struck out looking
        • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton doubled to left center
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garver tripled to deep right center, Buxton scored
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz hit sacrifice fly to center, Garver scored, Gonzalez to second
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Rosario grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Stewart Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodrum walked
        • C. Stewart: Foul, Ball, Goodrum to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Stewart flied out to left
        • N. Castellanos: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Castellanos flied out to deep right, Goodrum to third
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Soto Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Garver flied out to center
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez singled to center, Gonzalez to third on center fielder Jones fielding error
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz walked
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Rosario singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Cruz to second
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike looking, Cron singled to right, Cruz to third, Rosario to second
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kepler hit sacrifice fly to left, Cruz scored
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Schoop flied out to left
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)