Jones homers twice, drives in 5 as Tigers beat Twins 9-3

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers haven't given their fans much to cheer about at home this season.

Playing in front of 26,818 fans - their biggest crowd since opening day - the Tigers routed the Minnesota Twins 9-3 Saturday for a rare home win.

''I'll take exactly that again tomorrow,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''Bring all those fans back and let's give them another performance like that.''

The Tigers had lost three straight and 13 of 14 at home, including a winless nine-game homestand May 13-23.

''We feed off our fans, so today was a lot of fun,'' Tigers opener Buck Farmer said. ''It has been a tough year, and we haven't given our fans much entertainment.''

JaCoby Jones, always a crowd favorite with his high-speed baserunning and defense, continued his hot streak at the plate with two homers and a career-high five RBIs.

Jones is hitting .420 with four homers and 13 RBIs in his last 14 games, raising his batting average from .173 to .250.

''That young man has worked incredibly hard to adjust his swing and find a way to be quicker to the ball,'' Gardenhire said. ''There are times when guys never find a solution, and we know he's going to still have struggles ahead, but we're going to ride this as long as we can.

''He's always smiling and he's always fired up and that's infectious.''

Christin Stewart also homered for the Tigers.

''I hope we reminded our fans that we can still be a pretty good baseball team,'' he said.

Nick Ramirez (2-0), Detroit's second pitcher in a bullpen game, gave up one run and three hits with three walks in three innings.

Minnesota dropped to 5-4 on a 10-game road trip that ends Sunday.

''It was kind of an off afternoon for us,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''We really didn't get much going on either side of the ball.''

Kyle Gibson (6-3) gave up five runs and eight hits with two walks in five innings.

''I felt like it was an OK day, but my mistakes really hurt us,'' he said.

The Twins took a quick 1-0 lead in the first. Max Kepler started the game with a walk and Jorge Polanco followed with an RBI double off Farmer.

Jones put the Tigers ahead with a three-run homer in the second.

''That was one of the few bad sliders I threw all day, but it was at the wrong time and wrong location to JaCoby,'' Gibson said.

Minnesota pulled to 3-2 against Ramirez in the third. Kepler walked again to start the inning, took second on Nelson Cruz's single and scored on C.J. Cron's base hit.

Stewart led off the bottom of the third with his fifth homer, and Harold Castro gave the Tigers a three-run lead with an RBI single in the fifth.

Cruz hit his 10th homer on Blaine Hardy's first pitch of the eighth inning. He has 19 regular-season homers against the Tigers to go along with the eight he has hit in nine postseason games against Detroit.

''We gave Blaine the eighth and he went out there and challenged Cruz,'' Gardenhire said. ''He hit it 8,000 feet, but things went better after that.''

Jones hit a two-run homer to make it 7-3 in the bottom of the eighth and the Tigers added two more runs in the inning.

EIGHTY'S MAJOR-LEAGUE DEBUT

RHP Ryan Eades, called up from Triple-A Rochester before the game, made his debut by replacing Gibson for the sixth inning. He became the first player in major league history to wear No. 80 in a regular-season game.

Eades allowed two hits and two walks in two scoreless innings.

''It was great to see him out there, but more importantly, he threw the ball very well,'' Baldelli said. ''Your job is to go out there and get outs and he did that.''

ROSTER MOVE

After the game, the Tigers optioned RHP Zac Reininger to Triple-A Toledo and called up RHP Carlos Torres. Torres, signed on a minor-league deal on May 26, had a 6.52 ERA in 10 relief appearances last year for the Washington Nationals.

THREE HOLDOVERS FROM GARDY

Along with reliever Trevor May, Gibson and Polanco are the only players on the Twins roster who played for Gardenhire in 2014, his last season as Minnesota's manager.

Gardenhire was pleased by his team's performance against Gibson, who became a rotation regular that season.

''I've known him a long time, and the only way to have any success against him is to make him work,'' he said. ''We did that by staying in the zone instead of chasing as many pitches as we have lately.''

UP NEXT

The teams finish their three-game series on Sunday with Minnesota's Jake Odorizzi (8-2, 1.96) facing Detroit's Ryan Carpenter (1-2, 6.23). Odorizzi comes into the game on a 16 1/3-inning scoreless streak.

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DET24-37
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  • W: N. Ramirez (2-0)L: K. Gibson (6-3)
  • HR: MIN - N. Cruz (10), DET - J. Jones 2 (8), C. Stewart (5)
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J. Polanco SS40110011.336.398.577.9752.5
N. Cruz DH31211111.270.354.546.9007.5
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M. Sano 3B40000030.233.329.583.912-1.5
J. Schoop 2B40000010.246.300.473.774-0.5
J. Castro C30100100.272.368.565.9332.0
B. Buxton CF40100001.267.320.518.8391.0
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R. Eades P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    N. Goodrum SS41100121.238.318.402.7205.0
    C. Stewart LF31111211.248.333.438.7717.5
    N. Castellanos RF51100044.261.313.444.7570.0
    M. Cabrera DH40200011.299.364.389.7531.5
    D. Lugo PR-DH11110000.245.268.377.6455.0
    B. Dixon 1B50210003.302.318.509.8283.0
    H. Castro 3B50210022.290.333.355.6883.0
    G. Beckham 2B41200002.234.327.436.7635.0
    G. Greiner C32000223.170.241.293.5333.0
    J. Jones CF42352010.250.320.456.77615.5
    B. Farmer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    N. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    V. Alcantara P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Hardy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Greene P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Polanco (18)
      • HR - N. Cruz (10)
      • RBI - J. Polanco (33), N. Cruz (25), C. Cron (41)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler 2 (2), M. Gonzalez 2 (2), B. Buxton
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Goodrum (13), H. Castro (2), G. Beckham (6)
      • 3B - D. Lugo (2)
      • HR - C. Stewart (5), J. Jones 2 (8)
      • RBI - C. Stewart (22), D. Lugo (7), B. Dixon (21), H. Castro, J. Jones 5 (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Lugo (6), B. Dixon (12), H. Castro, J. Jones 3 (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Goodrum, N. Castellanos 2 (2), M. Cabrera, H. Castro, G. Beckham 3 (3), G. Greiner 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - N. Goodrum (7)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Gonzalez (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Goodrum-Beckham-Dixon)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (L, 6-3)5.08552824.141.28-1.0
      R. Eades2.02002300.002.003.5
      M. Magill1.05441216.601.80-6.0
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (L, 6-3)5.0
      R. Eades2.0
      M. Magill1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Farmer2.02111404.971.344.0
      N. Ramirez (W, 2-0)3.03113302.451.0910.5
      V. Alcantara (H, 8)2.00000204.341.247.0
      B. Hardy (H, 4)1.01110014.940.931.0
      S. Greene1.00000001.040.813.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Farmer2.0
      N. Ramirez (W, 2-0)3.0
      V. Alcantara (H, 8)2.0
      B. Hardy (H, 4)1.0
      S. Greene1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Magill (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 94-63, R. Eades 38-25, M. Magill 40-28
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 3-4
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 25, R. Eades 9, M. Magill 10
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Farmer 36-21, N. Ramirez 64-36, V. Alcantara 31-19, B. Hardy 10-7, S. Greene 7-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Farmer 1-1, N. Ramirez 1-4, V. Alcantara 3-1, B. Hardy 2-1, S. Greene 1-2
      • Batters Faced - B. Farmer 9, N. Ramirez 14, V. Alcantara 6, B. Hardy 4, S. Greene 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Kepler RF22000202.264.340.537.8774.0
      J. Polanco SS40110011.336.398.577.9752.5
      N. Cruz DH31211111.270.354.546.9007.5
      C. Cron 1B40110022.274.341.538.8791.0
      M. Gonzalez LF40000014.252.326.406.732-0.5
      M. Sano 3B40000030.233.329.583.912-1.5
      J. Schoop 2B40000010.246.300.473.774-0.5
      J. Castro C30100100.272.368.565.9332.0
      B. Buxton CF40100001.267.320.518.8391.0
      K. Gibson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      R. Eades P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        N. Goodrum SS41100121.238.318.402.7205.0
        C. Stewart LF31111211.248.333.438.7717.5
        N. Castellanos RF51100044.261.313.444.7570.0
        M. Cabrera DH40200011.299.364.389.7531.5
        D. Lugo PR-DH11110000.245.268.377.6455.0
        B. Dixon 1B50210003.302.318.509.8283.0
        H. Castro 3B50210022.290.333.355.6883.0
        G. Beckham 2B41200002.234.327.436.7635.0
        G. Greiner C32000223.170.241.293.5333.0
        J. Jones CF42352010.250.320.456.77615.5
        B. Farmer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        N. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        V. Alcantara P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        B. Hardy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        S. Greene P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Polanco (18)
          • HR - N. Cruz (10)
          • RBI - J. Polanco (33), N. Cruz (25), C. Cron (41)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Kepler 2 (2), M. Gonzalez 2 (2), B. Buxton
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Goodrum (13), H. Castro (2), G. Beckham (6)
          • 3B - D. Lugo (2)
          • HR - C. Stewart (5), J. Jones 2 (8)
          • RBI - C. Stewart (22), D. Lugo (7), B. Dixon (21), H. Castro, J. Jones 5 (20)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Lugo (6), B. Dixon (12), H. Castro, J. Jones 3 (12)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Goodrum, N. Castellanos 2 (2), M. Cabrera, H. Castro, G. Beckham 3 (3), G. Greiner 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - N. Goodrum (7)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - M. Gonzalez (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Goodrum-Beckham-Dixon)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Gibson (L, 6-3)5.08552824.141.28-1.0
          R. Eades2.02002300.002.003.5
          M. Magill1.05441216.601.80-6.0
          Total8.015995133---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Gibson (L, 6-3)5.0
          R. Eades2.0
          M. Magill1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Farmer2.02111404.971.344.0
          N. Ramirez (W, 2-0)3.03113302.451.0910.5
          V. Alcantara (H, 8)2.00000204.341.247.0
          B. Hardy (H, 4)1.01110014.940.931.0
          S. Greene1.00000001.040.813.0
          Total9.0633491---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Farmer2.0
          N. Ramirez (W, 2-0)3.0
          V. Alcantara (H, 8)2.0
          B. Hardy (H, 4)1.0
          S. Greene1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - M. Magill (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 94-63, R. Eades 38-25, M. Magill 40-28
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 3-4
          • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 25, R. Eades 9, M. Magill 10
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Farmer 36-21, N. Ramirez 64-36, V. Alcantara 31-19, B. Hardy 10-7, S. Greene 7-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Farmer 1-1, N. Ramirez 1-4, V. Alcantara 3-1, B. Hardy 2-1, S. Greene 1-2
          • Batters Faced - B. Farmer 9, N. Ramirez 14, V. Alcantara 6, B. Hardy 4, S. Greene 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Dixon singled to center, Lugo scored39
            Lugo tripled to right center, Goodrum scored38
            Jones homered to left, Greiner scored37
            Cruz homered to left center35
          • 5TH INNING
            Castro singled to center, Castellanos scored, Cabrera to second25
          • 3RD INNING
            Stewart homered to right center24
            Cron singled to center, Kepler scored, Cruz to second23
          • 2ND INNING
            Gonzalez homered to left, Beckham and Greiner scored13
          • 1ST INNING
            Polanco doubled to left, Kepler scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Shane Greene relieved Blaine Hardy
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Schoop flied out to right
            • J. Castro: Castro flied out to deep left
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Foul, Buxton grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Blaine Hardy relieved Victor Alcantara
            • N. Cruz: Cruz homered to left center
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco grounded out to third
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Sano: Ball, Goodrum popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Magill relieved Ryan Eades
            • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodrum walked
            • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Ball, Jones homered to left, Greiner scored
            • N. Goodrum: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Goodrum doubled to deep center
            • C. Stewart: Stewart flied out to center, Goodrum to third
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lugo tripled to right center, Goodrum scored
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dixon singled to center, Lugo scored
            • H. Castro: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro doubled to deep right, Dixon to third
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Beckham hit by pitch
            • G. Greiner: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Greiner struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • V. Alcantara Pitching:
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodrum grounded out to third
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kepler grounded out to second
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Polanco flied out to left
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Eades Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left center
            • Dawel Lugo ran for Miguel Cabrera
            • B. Dixon: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco popped out to shortstop
            • H. Castro: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Polanco struck out on foul tip
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Goodrum doubled to deep left, Lugo out at home
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Victor Alcantara relieved Nick Ramirez
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • J. Castro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Castro grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Eades relieved Kyle Gibson
            • G. Greiner: Ball, Greiner lined out to center
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goodrum walked
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Goodrum stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodrum walked
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Castellanos struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • N. Ramirez Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco flied out to deep center
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cruz walked
            • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Goodrum lined out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos singled to center
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera singled to center, Castellanos to second
            • B. Dixon: Dixon fouled out to first
            • H. Castro: Ball, Castro singled to center, Castellanos scored, Cabrera to second
            • G. Beckham: Beckham reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castro out at second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • N. Ramirez Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Polanco lined out to center
            • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castro walked
            • B. Buxton: Buxton reached on an infield single to shortstop, Castro to second
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kepler flied out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Goodrum grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Greiner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • J. Jones: Ball, Jones singled to right center
            • N. Goodrum: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Nick Ramirez relieved Buck Farmer
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kepler walked
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • N. Cruz: Cruz singled to left, Kepler to second
            • C. Cron: Cron singled to center, Kepler scored, Cruz to second
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Cron out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Stewart homered to right center
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera lined out to right
            • B. Dixon: Dixon reached on an infield single to third
            • H. Castro: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Gonzalez lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Farmer Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Schoop grounded out to third
            • J. Castro: Castro singled to left
            • B. Buxton: Strike swinging, Buxton fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • B. Dixon: Dixon flied out to deep center
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Beckham singled to left
            • G. Greiner: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Greiner walked, Beckham to second
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Gonzalez homered to left, Beckham and Greiner scored
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Goodrum grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Farmer Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Polanco doubled to left, Kepler scored
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Magill Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stewart walked
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)