Cron, Schoop power Twins to 7-4 win over Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The first-place Minnesota Twins didn't get many hits off Detroit starter Matthew Boyd, but they certainly made them count.

C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop homered, Martin Perez pitched six solid innings and Minnesota beat the last-place Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Sunday to win two of three in the weekend series.

''It was a good effort from all of our guys, top to bottom,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Minnesota increased its AL Central lead to 3 1/2 games over the Cleveland Indians, who lost at home to Kansas City 9-8 in 10 innings.

Cron's three-run shot to center field broke open a 2-0 game in the fourth and gave Perez (9-5) plenty of cushion to work with. The left-hander allowed two runs and five hits for his first win since July 5. It was the second time in his last three starts that Perez went six innings and yielded two or fewer runs.

''If you stay on the attack, you're going to throw a lot of strikes and you're not going to let the hitters feel comfortable,'' Perez said. ''That's the key. I'm going to continue to do that.''

The Twins were encouraged by Perez's outing. After a strong start to the year, Perez hit a rough patch in late July and early August. His last three starts have been a step in the right direction as September approaches.

''He was definitely attacking today,'' catcher Mitch Garver said. ''Gave up a few hits on some off-speed pitches that we'd like back but at the same time, the way he controlled the game at that point was pretty impressive.''

Boyd (6-10) permitted just four hits but was tagged for seven runs in six innings. He walked a season-high five, including the leadoff batter in each of the first three innings.

Boyd gave up two doubles in addition to the two home runs. He has served up 32 long balls this season, behind only Mike Leake (34) and Justin Verlander (33) for most in the majors.

''Today, really the walks were undoing,'' Boyd said. ''Guys are going to hit home runs. These guys hit home runs all day long.''

Minnesota leads the majors with 253 homers.

Schoop hit a two-run shot off Boyd in the sixth. His 18th home run of the year was a line drive that barely cleared the fence in left field but gave the Twins a 7-2 advantage.

Having a big lead allowed Baldelli to rest the core of his bullpen.

Cody Stashak pitched two scoreless innings. Lewis Thorpe allowed two runs in the ninth and was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after the game. The Twins will make a corresponding move on Tuesday.

Detroit finished a 3-7 road trip after dropping the final two games in Minnesota.

''You've still got to find ways to win a series and we haven't been able to do that,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''Now we get to go home and that's a place we really have to start playing better.''

The teams meet again next weekend for four games in Detroit.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Baldelli said he thinks OF Eddie Rosario (hamstring) will be able to avoid the injured list despite not playing Sunday, the third straight game he missed. ... OF Byron Buxton began a rehab assignment with Class A Cedar Rapids as he works his way back from an injured left shoulder that has kept him out since Aug. 1. Buxton doubled in his first at-bat with the Kernels on Sunday and went 1 for 2 with a run.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Spencer Turnbull (3-12, 4.05 ERA) is scheduled to start the series opener against Cleveland on Tuesday. He's looking for his first win since May 31. He has lost his last three outings.

Twins: RHP Michael Pineda (9-5, 4.26 ERA) takes the mound Tuesday as Minnesota begins a 10-game road trip against the Chicago White Sox. It will be Pineda's second straight outing against Chicago. He beat the White Sox last Tuesday.

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  • W: M. Perez (9-5)L: M. Boyd (6-10)
  • HR: MIN - J. Schoop (18), C. Cron (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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H. Castro CF40210021.287.302.390.6922.0
T. Demeritte RF40000013.277.351.434.785-0.5
R. Rodriguez DH40000001.229.257.459.7150.0
D. Lugo 3B40100020.226.259.327.5860.0
W. Castro SS31100110.429.500.5711.0712.5
J. Mercer 1B42210012.260.300.417.7176.5
J. Hicks C41220002.210.242.368.6106.0
G. Beckham 2B40000002.219.280.378.6580.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Garver C31110101.264.343.591.9335.0
    J. Polanco SS40000013.293.356.489.846-0.5
    N. Cruz DH40010011.297.381.6461.0270.5
    M. Gonzalez RF40100021.262.323.413.7360.0
    M. Sano 3B31100101.247.344.579.9234.0
    M. Kepler CF31000011.254.335.533.8681.5
    C. Cron 1B22131211.257.320.478.79710.5
    L. Arraez LF20000112.335.402.434.8360.5
    J. Cave LF10000011.278.378.460.839-0.5
    J. Schoop 2B32121122.254.303.466.7698.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Mercer 2 (12), J. Hicks (13)
      • RBI - H. Castro (31), J. Mercer (14), J. Hicks 2 (25)
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Castro (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Reyes, T. Demeritte 2 (2), R. Rodriguez, J. Hicks 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Garver (12), M. Sano (17)
      • HR - C. Cron (21), J. Schoop (18)
      • RBI - M. Garver (53), N. Cruz (83), C. Cron 3 (68), J. Schoop 2 (48)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Schoop 2 (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, M. Gonzalez, M. Sano, L. Arraez, J. Schoop
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - V. Reyes (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd (L, 6-10)6.04775724.471.180.5
      G. Soto1.01000106.271.772.5
      D. McKay1.00001205.541.693.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd (L, 6-10)6.0
      G. Soto1.0
      D. McKay1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Perez (W, 9-5)6.05221504.531.4522.5
      C. Stashak2.01000104.351.355.5
      L. Thorpe1.03220104.401.53-1.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Perez (W, 9-5)6.0
      C. Stashak2.0
      L. Thorpe1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Boyd (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 107-61, G. Soto 13-11, D. McKay 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 5-6, G. Soto 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 28, G. Soto 4, D. McKay 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 100-68, C. Stashak 29-21, L. Thorpe 25-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 6-7, L. Thorpe 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Perez 24, C. Stashak 7, L. Thorpe 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      V. Reyes LF50100002.279.321.388.7083.0
      H. Castro CF40210021.287.302.390.6922.0
      T. Demeritte RF40000013.277.351.434.785-0.5
      R. Rodriguez DH40000001.229.257.459.7150.0
      D. Lugo 3B40100020.226.259.327.5860.0
      W. Castro SS31100110.429.500.5711.0712.5
      J. Mercer 1B42210012.260.300.417.7176.5
      J. Hicks C41220002.210.242.368.6106.0
      G. Beckham 2B40000002.219.280.378.6580.0
      Total3649401713-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Garver C31110101.264.343.591.9335.0
        J. Polanco SS40000013.293.356.489.846-0.5
        N. Cruz DH40010011.297.381.6461.0270.5
        M. Gonzalez RF40100021.262.323.413.7360.0
        M. Sano 3B31100101.247.344.579.9234.0
        M. Kepler CF31000011.254.335.533.8681.5
        C. Cron 1B22131211.257.320.478.79710.5
        L. Arraez LF20000112.335.402.434.8360.5
        J. Cave LF10000011.278.378.460.839-0.5
        J. Schoop 2B32121122.254.303.466.7698.0
        Total29757261014-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Mercer 2 (12), J. Hicks (13)
          • RBI - H. Castro (31), J. Mercer (14), J. Hicks 2 (25)
          • 2-Out RBI - H. Castro (15)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Reyes, T. Demeritte 2 (2), R. Rodriguez, J. Hicks 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Garver (12), M. Sano (17)
          • HR - C. Cron (21), J. Schoop (18)
          • RBI - M. Garver (53), N. Cruz (83), C. Cron 3 (68), J. Schoop 2 (48)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Schoop 2 (17)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, M. Gonzalez, M. Sano, L. Arraez, J. Schoop
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - V. Reyes (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Boyd (L, 6-10)6.04775724.471.180.5
          G. Soto1.01000106.271.772.5
          D. McKay1.00001205.541.693.0
          Total8.05776102---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Boyd (L, 6-10)6.0
          G. Soto1.0
          D. McKay1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Perez (W, 9-5)6.05221504.531.4522.5
          C. Stashak2.01000104.351.355.5
          L. Thorpe1.03220104.401.53-1.5
          Total9.0944170---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Perez (W, 9-5)6.0
          C. Stashak2.0
          L. Thorpe1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - M. Boyd (7)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 107-61, G. Soto 13-11, D. McKay 19-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 5-6, G. Soto 2-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 28, G. Soto 4, D. McKay 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 100-68, C. Stashak 29-21, L. Thorpe 25-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 6-7, L. Thorpe 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Perez 24, C. Stashak 7, L. Thorpe 6
          • 9TH INNING
            Hicks singled to shallow right, Mercer scored47
            Mercer doubled to left center, Castro scored37
          • 6TH INNING
            Schoop homered to left, Cron scored27
          • 5TH INNING
            Castro singled to shallow center, Hicks scored25
            Hicks doubled to deep left, Mercer scored15
          • 4TH INNING
            Cron homered to center, Sano and Kepler scored05
          • 3RD INNING
            Cruz grounded out to third, Garver scored02
            Garver doubled to deep right center, Schoop scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Lewis Thorpe relieved Cody Stashak
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
            • W. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro singled to shallow right
            • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mercer doubled to left center, Castro scored
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Hicks singled to shallow right, Mercer scored
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham flied out to deep left
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hicks to second on fielder's indifference, Foul, Foul, Reyes grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (4 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jake Cave in left field
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reyes flied out to shallow center
            • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Castro singled to center
            • T. Demeritte: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Demeritte fouled out to first
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rodriguez flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • David McKay relieved Gregory Soto
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kepler popped out to third
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron walked
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Cave struck out looking
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Cody Stashak relieved Martin Perez
            • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
            • J. Hicks: Hicks flied out to deep right
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham flied out to left
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Gregory Soto relieved Matthew Boyd
            • J. Polanco: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Strike looking, Cruz grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez singled to shallow right center
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Sano reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gonzalez out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rodriguez lined out to shortstop
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Lugo grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Castro: Ball, Foul, Castro grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • C. Cron: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cron walked
            • L. Arraez: Ball, Arraez flied out to deep right
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Schoop homered to left, Cron scored
            • M. Garver: Garver grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mercer doubled to left
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hicks doubled to deep left, Mercer scored
            • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Beckham grounded out to pitcher, Hicks to third
            • V. Reyes: Reyes grounded out to first
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Castro singled to shallow center, Hicks scored
            • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Demeritte flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Cruz grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to deep left
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sano grounded out to third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rodriguez flied out to deep right
            • D. Lugo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Lugo struck out looking
            • W. Castro: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano doubled to deep left
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Kepler hit by pitch
            • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Cron homered to center, Sano and Kepler scored
            • L. Arraez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Arraez walked
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Garver fouled out to third
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco popped out to second
            • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Beckham flied out to shallow right
            • V. Reyes: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Reyes reached on an infield single to first
            • H. Castro: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging, Reyes stole second
            • T. Demeritte: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Demeritte fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schoop walked
            • M. Garver: Garver doubled to deep right center, Schoop scored
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco grounded out to second, Garver to third
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz grounded out to third, Garver scored
            • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rodriguez grounded out to third
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Lugo singled to left
            • W. Castro: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro walked, Lugo to second
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mercer reached on fielder's choice to second, Lugo to third, Castro out at second
            • J. Hicks: Hicks popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sano walked
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler fouled out to third
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Arraez struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Reyes lined out to center
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Demeritte struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Garver walked
            • J. Polanco: Polanco flied out to shallow right
            • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)