Sano and Cave homer again, Twins overcome Tigers 8-5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The first four innings Saturday night certainly weren't pristine for the Minnesota Twins and starting pitcher Kyle Gibson. Too many groundballs found holes. And Twins infielders failed to make several plays behind him.

But Gibson kept the game within reach until the Twins hitters solved veteran Tigers starter Edwin Jackson. Miguel Sano's three-run homer capped a five-run rally in the fifth inning as the AL Central leaders rallied past Detroit 8-5.

''That's what our offense does,'' said Gibson (12-6). ''As a starting pitcher, we know we have room for error. It's our job to go out there and just keep it close, and give the offense a chance to strike whenever they're ready.''

Max Kepler added three hits for the Twins, including his 35th home run. Jake Cave also connected.

Sano and Cave both homered twice Friday night in a 9-6 loss to the Tigers, who have the worst record in the league. They kept slugging away as the Twins overcame an early 4-1 deficit.

Gibson allowed the leadoff batter to reach in all six innings he pitched while receiving limited help from his defense.

A fielding error by second baseman Luis Arraez led to the second of two Tigers runs in the second, and Dawel Lugo slid headfirst to score on a botched rundown in the two-run third. Gibson struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings while charged with five runs, four earned.

''That's what makes everything that happened after that impressive, because our guys didn't let that affect them going forward in the game,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''We continued to make the plays and pitch well and have good at-bats, and eventually found a way to win.''

Kepler's sixth leadoff homer left him two short of Brian Dozier's 2017 club record. Jackson held the Twins scoreless from there until the fifth, when Cave's leadoff double started the rally. Kepler doubled in one run and Nelson Cruz singled in another before Sano pulled Jackson's first pitch into the second deck in left, his 26th homer.

''I go up ready to hit - fastball, slider, changeup, whatever they throw,'' Sano said. ''He threw me a cookie in the middle. I saw that pitch right down the middle and I was ready to swing.''

Jackson (3-7), who has pitched for a major league record 14 teams, allowed six earned runs in five innings in his first career start at Target Field.

''Any time a team comes out and gives me three or four runs, then I feel like I should be able to keep that game in control, which I didn't do tonight,'' Jackson said. ''That game was on me. I take full responsibility for it.''

Taylor Rogers, in his first appearance since Aug. 18, secured the final five outs for his 20th save, working out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth.

Tigers rookie shortstop and top prospect Willi Castro, called up from Triple-A Toledo earlier in the day, went 2 for 4 with a double in his major league debut.

''It's a dream come true, something that I always wanted since a little kid,'' Castro said. ''And we're here.''

COME BLOW YOUR HORN

On his way to Target Field, Cruz stopped by U.S. Bank Stadium to blow the Gjallarhorn before the Vikings' 20-9 preseason victory over Arizona. The Gjallarhorn is enormous, but Cruz, given a personalized No. 23 Vikings jersey, wasn't concerned about getting the proper sound out of it.

''They have a machine that does it for you,'' he said.

SAY YOU'RE SORRY

Twins All-Star pitcher Jose Berrios apologized for not speaking with reporters following Friday night's 9-6 loss to Detroit, his fourth consecutive poor start this month. Berrios gave up five earned runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings, leaving him 0-2 with a 8.44 ERA in four August starts. Berrios (10-7, 3.53 ERA) hasn't won since July 31.

UP AND DOWN

Twins RHP Ryne Harper, who had spent the entire season in the majors, was optioned to Triple-A Rochester while RHP Cody Stashak was recalled for the third time. Harper was 3-2 with a 3.65 ERA in 58 games but hasn't been as effective lately, posting a 7.36 ERA in 10 August appearances.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: INF/OF Niko Goodrum, who aggravated a left groin strain Friday night, went on the 10-day injured list, allowing the Tigers to call up Castro from the minors. Castro is expected to start at short the rest of the season, with Jordy Mercer shifting to a utility role. Goodrum is headed to Philadelphia to be examined by Dr. Williams Meyers, a core muscle specialist.

Twins: CF Byron Buxton (dislocated left shoulder) drove a rental car Saturday afternoon to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to begin a rehab assignment with the Class A club there, according to the Twins. Baldelli said Buxton is expected to DH on Sunday and start in center Monday. ''It's exciting to see Buck finally get out there,'' Baldelli said. Buxton, out since Aug. 2, could rejoin the club on the upcoming road trip to Chicago, Detroit and Boston.

LF Eddie Rosario (right hamstring strain) was not in the lineup for the second consecutive day, though he worked out on the field. Baldelli said Rosario could go on the injured list if the hamstring hasn't significantly improved by Sunday.

UP NEXT

Twins: LHP Martin Perez (8-5, 4.60 ERA) faces the Tigers looking for his first victory since July 5. Perez struggled in four consecutive starts from July 22 to Aug. 7 before improving over his last two outings, no-decisions at Milwaukee (one unearned run in six innings) and Texas (two earned runs in five innings.)

Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (6-9, 4.24 ERA) returns from paternity leave. He passed the 200-strikeout mark in his last start, a no-decision at Tampa Bay despite allowing only one run on two hits in seven innings. Winless since July 4, Boyd is 3-4 with a 5.40 ERA in eight career Target Field starts.

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MIN78-51
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  • W: K. Gibson (12-6)L: E. Jackson (3-7)S: T. Rogers (20)
  • HR: DET - D. Lugo (2), MIN - M. Sano (26), M. Kepler (35), J. Cave (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
V. Reyes LF50320003.282.325.394.7195.0
H. Castro CF50100025.284.299.388.6872.0
M. Cabrera DH40100124.280.343.390.7322.0
R. Rodriguez 2B40110012.234.262.468.7291.5
B. Dixon 1B50000045.248.287.445.732-2.0
T. Demeritte RF41200002.291.367.456.8223.0
W. Castro SS41200013.500.500.7501.2503.5
D. Lugo 3B32211111.226.259.329.5888.5
J. Rogers C31000025.119.234.299.5321.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Kepler CF52321000.256.335.537.87211.0
    J. Polanco SS31100121.295.359.493.8522.0
    N. Cruz DH41110012.301.385.6531.0382.5
    L. Arraez 2B40100003.338.402.438.8411.0
    M. Sano 3B41131022.246.342.578.9207.0
    M. Gonzalez RF40100001.262.323.415.7381.0
    M. Garver C41100022.263.340.590.9301.0
    J. Cave LF32221110.280.381.464.84510.5
    C. Cron 1B40000012.256.316.470.785-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Cabrera (19), W. Castro
      • HR - D. Lugo (2)
      • SF - R. Rodriguez (4)
      • RBI - V. Reyes 2 (11), R. Rodriguez (31), D. Lugo (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - V. Reyes 2 (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Castro 4 (4), B. Dixon 2 (2), T. Demeritte 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Kepler (29), J. Cave (8)
      • HR - M. Kepler (35), M. Sano (26), J. Cave (5)
      • RBI - M. Kepler 2 (86), N. Cruz (82), M. Sano 3 (57), J. Cave 2 (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Sano 3 (29)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Cruz, M. Sano, M. Garver 2 (2), C. Cron
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - H. Castro (4)
      FIELDING
      • PB - J. Rogers (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Polanco-Arraez-Cron; Gibson-Cron)
      • E - L. Arraez (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Jackson (L, 3-7)5.07662528.701.87-2.5
      M. Hall3.04220416.001.585.0
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Jackson (L, 3-7)5.0
      M. Hall3.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (W, 12-6)5.110540814.491.3312.0
      S. Dyson (H, 21)1.21001103.241.061.5
      S. Romo (H, 8)0.11001103.721.18-1.5
      T. Rogers (S, 20)1.20000302.511.0611.5
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (W, 12-6)5.1
      S. Dyson (H, 21)1.2
      S. Romo (H, 8)0.1
      T. Rogers (S, 20)1.2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Jackson 88-54, M. Hall 52-33
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Jackson 3-7, M. Hall 2-3
      • Batters Faced - E. Jackson 24, M. Hall 13
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Gibson (7)
      • HBP - K. Gibson (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 95-59, S. Dyson 27-16, S. Romo 12-6, T. Rogers 23-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 5-2, S. Dyson 1-3, T. Rogers 1-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 26, S. Dyson 7, S. Romo 3, T. Rogers 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      DET39-88
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      V. Reyes LF50320003.282.325.394.7195.0
      H. Castro CF50100025.284.299.388.6872.0
      M. Cabrera DH40100124.280.343.390.7322.0
      R. Rodriguez 2B40110012.234.262.468.7291.5
      B. Dixon 1B50000045.248.287.445.732-2.0
      T. Demeritte RF41200002.291.367.456.8223.0
      W. Castro SS41200013.500.500.7501.2503.5
      D. Lugo 3B32211111.226.259.329.5888.5
      J. Rogers C31000025.119.234.299.5321.0
      Total375124121330-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Kepler CF52321000.256.335.537.87211.0
        J. Polanco SS31100121.295.359.493.8522.0
        N. Cruz DH41110012.301.385.6531.0382.5
        L. Arraez 2B40100003.338.402.438.8411.0
        M. Sano 3B41131022.246.342.578.9207.0
        M. Gonzalez RF40100001.262.323.415.7381.0
        M. Garver C41100022.263.340.590.9301.0
        J. Cave LF32221110.280.381.464.84510.5
        C. Cron 1B40000012.256.316.470.785-0.5
        Total35811832913-----
        HITTERSAB
        M. Kepler CF5
        J. Polanco SS3
        N. Cruz DH4
        L. Arraez 2B4
        M. Sano 3B4
        M. Gonzalez RF4
        M. Garver C4
        J. Cave LF3
        C. Cron 1B4
        Total35
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Cabrera (19), W. Castro
          • HR - D. Lugo (2)
          • SF - R. Rodriguez (4)
          • RBI - V. Reyes 2 (11), R. Rodriguez (31), D. Lugo (15)
          • 2-Out RBI - V. Reyes 2 (7)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Castro 4 (4), B. Dixon 2 (2), T. Demeritte 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Kepler (29), J. Cave (8)
          • HR - M. Kepler (35), M. Sano (26), J. Cave (5)
          • RBI - M. Kepler 2 (86), N. Cruz (82), M. Sano 3 (57), J. Cave 2 (15)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Sano 3 (29)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Cruz, M. Sano, M. Garver 2 (2), C. Cron
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - H. Castro (4)
          FIELDING
          • PB - J. Rogers (6)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Polanco-Arraez-Cron; Gibson-Cron)
          • E - L. Arraez (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Jackson (L, 3-7)5.07662528.701.87-2.5
          M. Hall3.04220416.001.585.0
          Total8.01188293---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Jackson (L, 3-7)5.0
          M. Hall3.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Gibson (W, 12-6)5.110540814.491.3312.0
          S. Dyson (H, 21)1.21001103.241.061.5
          S. Romo (H, 8)0.11001103.721.18-1.5
          T. Rogers (S, 20)1.20000302.511.0611.5
          Total9.012542131---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Gibson (W, 12-6)5.1
          S. Dyson (H, 21)1.2
          S. Romo (H, 8)0.1
          T. Rogers (S, 20)1.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Jackson 88-54, M. Hall 52-33
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Jackson 3-7, M. Hall 2-3
          • Batters Faced - E. Jackson 24, M. Hall 13
          PITCHING
          • WP - K. Gibson (7)
          • HBP - K. Gibson (7)
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 95-59, S. Dyson 27-16, S. Romo 12-6, T. Rogers 23-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 5-2, S. Dyson 1-3, T. Rogers 1-1
          • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 26, S. Dyson 7, S. Romo 3, T. Rogers 5
          • 6TH INNING
            Cave homered to center, Garver scored58
            Reyes singled to left, Castro scored56
          • 5TH INNING
            Sano homered to left, Polanco and Cruz scored46
            Cruz reached on an infield single to shortstop, Kepler scored, Polanco to second43
            Kepler doubled to deep right center, Cave scored42
          • 4TH INNING
            Reyes singled to right, Demeritte and Lugo scored, Reyes to second41
          • 3RD INNING
            Rodriguez hit sacrifice fly to right, Rogers scored, Reyes to third21
            Lugo homered to left center11
          • 1ST INNING
            Kepler homered to right01
          • 9TH INNING
            • T. Rogers Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Rodriguez struck out looking
            • B. Dixon: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Sergio Romo relieved Sam Dyson
            • W. Castro: Ball, Castro singled to left center
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lugo walked, Castro to second
            • Ja. Rogers: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rogers struck out looking
            • Taylor Rogers relieved Sergio Romo
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Reyes popped out to second
            • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Castro grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Hall Pitching:
            • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cron grounded out to third
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Kepler grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Dyson Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rodriguez popped out to first
            • B. Dixon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dixon flied out to right
            • T. Demeritte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Demeritte grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Hall Pitching:
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Arraez singled to left center
            • M. Sano: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez lined out to center
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Garver struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • W. Castro: Ball, Ball, Castro doubled to deep right center
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
            • Sam Dyson relieved Kyle Gibson
            • Ja. Rogers: Strike looking, Rogers popped out to first
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes singled to left, Castro scored
            • H. Castro: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Hall relieved Edwin Jackson
            • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garver singled to left
            • J. Cave: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cave homered to center, Garver scored
            • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Cron flied out to deep right
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler singled to left center
            • J. Polanco: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Cruz flied out to deep right
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera doubled to deep right center
            • R. Rodriguez: Rodriguez grounded out to third
            • B. Dixon: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
            • T. Demeritte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cabrera to third on wild pitch, Demeritte grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Jackson Pitching:
            • J. Cave: Ball, Foul, Cave doubled to deep right
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Cron struck out on foul tip
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kepler doubled to deep right center, Cave scored
            • J. Polanco: Polanco reached on an infield single to second, Kepler to third
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cruz reached on an infield single to shortstop, Kepler scored, Polanco to second
            • L. Arraez: Ball, Arraez lined out to center, Polanco to third
            • M. Sano: Sano homered to left, Polanco and Cruz scored
            • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • T. Demeritte: Ball, Strike looking, Demeritte reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • W. Castro: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Lugo singled to left, Demeritte to second
            • Ja. Rogers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rogers struck out looking
            • V. Reyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Reyes singled to right, Demeritte and Lugo scored, Reyes to second
            • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Jackson Pitching:
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Arraez lined out to left
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez singled to right
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Garver lined out to center
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Lugo homered to left center
            • Ja. Rogers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rogers hit by pitch
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Reyes reached on fielder's choice to second, Rogers to second on 2nd baseman Arraez fielding error
            • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Foul, Castro singled to right, Rogers to third, Reyes to second
            • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Rodriguez hit sacrifice fly to right, Rogers scored, Reyes to third
            • B. Dixon: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Castro stole second, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • E. Jackson Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Kepler flied out to deep left
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rodriguez singled to right
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
            • T. Demeritte: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Demeritte singled to center, Rodriguez to second
            • W. Castro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro lined into double play pitcher to first, Demeritte out at first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Jackson Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez fouled out to third
            • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
            • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cave walked
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron reached on fielder's choice to third, Cave out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Reyes singled to right center
            • H. Castro: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul tip, Castro struck out on foul tip
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Cabrera grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Reyes out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Jackson Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kepler homered to right
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco walked
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco to second on passed ball, Cruz grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arraez lined out to left
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Sano flied out to left
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)