Cave, Cruz drive in two runs as Twins beat Tigers 8-3

DETROIT (AP) The Minnesota Twins are baseball's new home-run kings, but that hasn't been the reason they've won two of three games against the Detroit Tigers this weekend.

The Twins homered once in a 13-5 win on Friday, hit six in a 10-7 loss on Saturday to pass the 2018 New York Yankees' record, then won 8-3 on Sunday without hitting a ball out of Comerica Park.

''We do find different ways to get it done, and I think our guys our happy to take whatever pitch comes and do their best with it,'' Indians manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''You aren't always going to hit homers, but you can always have good at-bats and try to put something in play.''

The Twins have won five of six on their current 10-game road trip and increased their lead in the AL Central to 5 1/2 games over the Cleveland Indians. Jake Cave and Nelson Cruz drove in two runs for the Twins.

The Tigers have lost seven of eight and still need four wins at Comerica Park to avoid becoming the first major-league team to lose 60 games at home.

Michael Pineda (11-5) got the win, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out nine.

''I know the Tigers are very, very aggressive, so my plan was to execute the first pitch, because I know they want to swing at it,'' he said. ''My fastball was really good and I got a lot of strikes with it.''

Twins reliever Brusdar Graterol pitched the ninth in his major-league debut.

''He throws 100 mph with great action on his pitches,'' Baldelli said. ''He got his first strikeout. That's going to be the first of many.''

Spencer Turnbull (3-14) took the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3 inning. He is tied with Brad Keller and Aaron Sanchez for the major-league lead in losses.

''He's just misfiring a lot right now,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''He missed some time with his back and he's still looking for his slider.''

The Twins took a 5-0 lead in the second. Jake Cave started the scoring with a two-run single before Turnbull hit Willians Astudillo. Jason Castro, Jorge Polanco and Cruz added RBI singles later in the inning.

Several of the hits were opposite-field grounders through areas left vacant by the shift, but Gardenhire didn't blame the alignments.

''That looks bad for us, but we're shifting with the idea that he's going to put the ball in the right part of the plate,'' he said. ''When his stuff is going down the middle, they have great hitters who can take it the other way.''

Detroit got a run back in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back doubles by Dawel Lugo and Brandon Dixon.

Astudillo ended Turnbull's game with a two-out RBI single in the fifth, but Victor Reyes made it 6-2 with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning. Jordy Mercer's solo homer off Sam Dyson pulled the Tigers within three runs in the seventh.

Cruz and Eddie Rosario added RBI singles in the eighth to give the Indians an 8-4 lead.

''You are always trying to focus on the next pitch when you are on the mound, but it is tough against that lineup,'' Tigers reliever David McKay said. ''You can't help be aware of what they have done all year and especially against us.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: CF Max Kepler left the game with soreness in his left leg and is day-to-day. . The Twins activated Astudillo and Wade from the IL and placed RHP Kyle Gibson (ulcerative colitis) on the IL. . CF Byron Buxton returned to the lineup, playing the ninth inning on defense.

Tigers: CF JaCoby Jones (wrist) was moved to the 60-day IL to make room for RHP Bryan Garcia on the 40-man roster. Garcia was selected from Triple-A Toledo as the Tigers expanded their roster.

TWINS DOMINATE TIGERS, BUT NOT QUITE ENOUGH

Minnesota is 10-5 against the Tigers this season, outscoring them 100-70, but that's cost them ground in the AL Central race. The Indians are 15-1 against Detroit in 2019, including 14 wins in a row.

HAPPY FOR AN OLD FRIEND

The post-game buzz in the Tigers clubhouse wasn't about their loss to the Twins, but Justin Verlander's no-hitter for the Astros in Toronto. Verlander, of course, threw his first two no-hitters during a spectacular 13-year career in Detroit.

''I'm really happy for him, but I can't say I'm surprised,'' said Tigers starter Matthew Boyd, a protege of Verlander's before he was traded to Houston. ''He came up all those years ago with all the talent in the world, but he's never believed he had a ceiling. He still works hard every day to get better.''

Gardenhire was just happy Verlander hasn't gotten him yet.

''He never no-hit us in Minnesota, but he came really close a few times,'' he said. "I'm glad he got his third, especially since it wasn't against us.''

UP NEXT

The teams finish their four-game series on Monday afternoon, with the Twins starting Jake Odorizzi (14-6, 3.55) against Jordan Zimmermann (1-9, 6.24).

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0500100208120
DET40-94
010010100380
  • W: M. Pineda (11-5)L: S. Turnbull (3-14)
  • HR: DET - J. Mercer (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Kepler CF30000112.256.338.539.8770.5
L. Wade RF11000001.000.400.000.4001.0
J. Polanco SS51210011.302.366.497.8643.5
N. Cruz DH50320011.309.390.6431.0334.5
E. Rosario LF50110014.282.305.502.8071.5
M. Sano 3B31000222.235.335.548.8842.0
L. Arraez 2B52200001.333.399.430.8305.0
J. Cave RF-CF51220021.268.360.470.8304.0
B. Buxton CF00000000.262.314.513.8270.0
W. Astudillo 1B21110002.267.295.385.6805.0
C. Cron 1B10000000.262.321.496.8170.0
J. Castro C41110024.237.329.454.7832.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    V. Reyes RF40210001.295.330.399.7295.0
    W. Castro SS40000023.233.273.300.573-1.0
    M. Cabrera DH40100011.281.343.390.7330.5
    R. Rodriguez 2B40000012.229.253.480.733-0.5
    H. Castro CF40000021.279.293.375.668-1.0
    D. Lugo 3B41100021.235.263.361.6242.0
    B. Dixon LF31210100.251.292.447.7406.0
    J. Mercer 1B41211012.267.304.427.7316.5
    J. Rogers C30000124.114.231.278.5090.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Arraez (12)
      • RBI - J. Polanco (69), N. Cruz 2 (91), E. Rosario (92), J. Cave 2 (20), W. Astudillo (14), J. Castro (29)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco (39), N. Cruz 2 (29), E. Rosario (32), W. Astudillo (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario 4 (4), M. Sano 2 (2), J. Castro 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Lugo (6), B. Dixon (19)
      • HR - J. Mercer (7)
      • RBI - V. Reyes (13), B. Dixon (46), J. Mercer (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - V. Reyes (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Castro 2 (2), R. Rodriguez, D. Lugo, J. Rogers
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - V. Reyes (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Arraez-Cron)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Pineda (W, 11-5)6.05221904.111.1624.5
      S. Dyson1.01111013.381.060.0
      S. Romo1.00000103.511.133.5
      B. Graterol1.02000100.002.001.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Pineda (W, 11-5)6.0
      S. Dyson1.0
      S. Romo1.0
      B. Graterol1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Turnbull (L, 3-14)4.28663404.451.44-8.0
      J. Cisnero1.11000203.671.413.0
      J. Schreiber1.232202013.502.70-1.0
      D. McKay1.10000205.091.584.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Turnbull (L, 3-14)4.2
      J. Cisnero1.1
      J. Schreiber1.2
      D. McKay1.1
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Pineda 2 (7), B. Graterol
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 84-62, S. Dyson 20-10, S. Romo 11-8, B. Graterol 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 2-7, S. Dyson 1-2, B. Graterol 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 24, S. Dyson 5, S. Romo 3, B. Graterol 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Turnbull (13), J. Schreiber
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 102-61, J. Cisnero 17-10, J. Schreiber 34-23, D. McKay 16-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 3-7, J. Schreiber 2-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 26, J. Cisnero 5, J. Schreiber 9, D. McKay 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      MIN84-52
      0500100208120
      DET40-94
      010010100380
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Kepler CF30000112.256.338.539.8770.5
      L. Wade RF11000001.000.400.000.4001.0
      J. Polanco SS51210011.302.366.497.8643.5
      N. Cruz DH50320011.309.390.6431.0334.5
      E. Rosario LF50110014.282.305.502.8071.5
      M. Sano 3B31000222.235.335.548.8842.0
      L. Arraez 2B52200001.333.399.430.8305.0
      J. Cave RF-CF51220021.268.360.470.8304.0
      B. Buxton CF00000000.262.314.513.8270.0
      W. Astudillo 1B21110002.267.295.385.6805.0
      C. Cron 1B10000000.262.321.496.8170.0
      J. Castro C41110024.237.329.454.7832.0
      Total398128031019-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        V. Reyes RF40210001.295.330.399.7295.0
        W. Castro SS40000023.233.273.300.573-1.0
        M. Cabrera DH40100011.281.343.390.7330.5
        R. Rodriguez 2B40000012.229.253.480.733-0.5
        H. Castro CF40000021.279.293.375.668-1.0
        D. Lugo 3B41100021.235.263.361.6242.0
        B. Dixon LF31210100.251.292.447.7406.0
        J. Mercer 1B41211012.267.304.427.7316.5
        J. Rogers C30000124.114.231.278.5090.0
        Total34383121115-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - L. Arraez (12)
          • RBI - J. Polanco (69), N. Cruz 2 (91), E. Rosario (92), J. Cave 2 (20), W. Astudillo (14), J. Castro (29)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco (39), N. Cruz 2 (29), E. Rosario (32), W. Astudillo (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario 4 (4), M. Sano 2 (2), J. Castro 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Lugo (6), B. Dixon (19)
          • HR - J. Mercer (7)
          • RBI - V. Reyes (13), B. Dixon (46), J. Mercer (15)
          • 2-Out RBI - V. Reyes (9)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Castro 2 (2), R. Rodriguez, D. Lugo, J. Rogers
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - V. Reyes (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Arraez-Cron)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Pineda (W, 11-5)6.05221904.111.1624.5
          S. Dyson1.01111013.381.060.0
          S. Romo1.00000103.511.133.5
          B. Graterol1.02000100.002.001.5
          Total9.08332111---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Pineda (W, 11-5)6.0
          S. Dyson1.0
          S. Romo1.0
          B. Graterol1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Turnbull (L, 3-14)4.28663404.451.44-8.0
          J. Cisnero1.11000203.671.413.0
          J. Schreiber1.232202013.502.70-1.0
          D. McKay1.10000205.091.584.0
          Total9.012883100---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Turnbull (L, 3-14)4.2
          J. Cisnero1.1
          J. Schreiber1.2
          D. McKay1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - M. Pineda 2 (7), B. Graterol
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 84-62, S. Dyson 20-10, S. Romo 11-8, B. Graterol 14-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 2-7, S. Dyson 1-2, B. Graterol 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 24, S. Dyson 5, S. Romo 3, B. Graterol 4
          PITCHING
          • HBP - S. Turnbull (13), J. Schreiber
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 102-61, J. Cisnero 17-10, J. Schreiber 34-23, D. McKay 16-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 3-7, J. Schreiber 2-1
          • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 26, J. Cisnero 5, J. Schreiber 9, D. McKay 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Rosario singled to left, Polanco scored, Cruz to second83
            Cruz singled to center, Wade scored, Polanco to third73
          • 7TH INNING
            Mercer homered to left63
          • 5TH INNING
            Reyes singled to deep right, Dixon scored62
            Astudillo singled to left, Arraez scored61
          • 2ND INNING
            Dixon doubled to deep left, Lugo scored51
            Cruz singled to center, Castro scored, Polanco to third50
            Polanco singled to left, Astudillo scored, Castro to second40
            Castro singled to left, Cave scored, Astudillo to second30
            Cave singled to center, Sano and Arraez scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • D. McKay Pitching:
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arraez flied out to deep left
            • J. Cave: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Cron lined out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brusdar Graterol relieved Sergio Romo
            • Byron Buxton in center field
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Lugo struck out looking
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dixon singled to center
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dixon to second on wild pitch, Mercer reached on an infield single to shortstop, Dixon to third
            • Ja. Rogers: Rogers grounded into double play second to first, Mercer out at second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Schreiber Pitching:
            • W. Astudillo: Foul, Ball, Astudillo hit by pitch
            • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • L. Wade: Strike looking, Wade reached on fielder's choice to first, Astudillo out at second
            • J. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco singled to center, Wade to second
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Cruz singled to center, Wade scored, Polanco to third
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario singled to left, Polanco scored, Cruz to second
            • David McKay relieved John Schreiber
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Sergio Romo relieved Sam Dyson
            • C.J. Cron at first base
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Cabrera struck out on foul tip
            • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Rodriguez flied out to deep center
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Castro flied out to center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • John Schreiber relieved Jose Cisnero
            • M. Sano: Ball, Sano grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Arraez lined out to right
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Sam Dyson relieved Michael Pineda
            • B. Dixon: Ball, Foul, Dixon grounded out to second
            • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mercer homered to left
            • Ja. Rogers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rogers walked
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Reyes lined out to center
            • W. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro flied out to center
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Cisnero Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler flied out to center
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
            • N. Cruz: Cruz singled to center
            • E. Rosario: Strike (foul tip), Rosario fouled out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • LaMonte Wade in right field
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera singled to shallow left
            • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • D. Lugo: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Lugo struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • L. Arraez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Arraez singled to right
            • J. Cave: Ball, Cave grounded out to second, Arraez to second
            • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Astudillo singled to left, Arraez scored
            • Jose Cisnero relieved Spencer Turnbull
            • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Dixon walked
            • J. Mercer: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging, Dixon to second on wild pitch
            • Ja. Rogers: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rogers struck out swinging, Dixon to third on wild pitch
            • V. Reyes: Reyes singled to deep right, Dixon scored
            • W. Castro: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Castro struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco flied out to deep center
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz flied out to center
            • E. Rosario: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rosario fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike looking, Rodriguez flied out to deep right
            • H. Castro: Castro flied out to left
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Strike looking, Lugo flied out to center
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sano walked
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Arraez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Sano out at second
            • J. Cave: Ball, Foul, Cave singled to left, Arraez to second
            • W. Astudillo: Astudillo flied out to deep left
            • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Castro flied out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reyes grounded out to third
            • W. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro flied out to right
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera flied out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Sano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sano walked
            • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Arraez doubled to deep left, Sano to third
            • J. Cave: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cave singled to center, Sano and Arraez scored
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Ball, Astudillo hit by pitch, Cave to second
            • J. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Castro singled to left, Cave scored, Astudillo to second
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler lined out to left
            • J. Polanco: Polanco singled to left, Astudillo scored, Castro to second
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz singled to center, Castro scored, Polanco to third
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Lugo doubled to deep left
            • B. Dixon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Dixon doubled to deep left, Lugo scored
            • J. Mercer: Foul, Mercer popped out to first
            • Ja. Rogers: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rogers struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Foul, Polanco flied out to deep center
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes singled to right center
            • W. Castro: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Reyes stole second, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera lined out to right
            • R. Rodriguez: Rodriguez grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)