Schoop hits Twins' 300th homer in 10-4 win over Tigers

DETROIT (AP) Jonathan Schoop knew he had the best chance to make history for the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.

With the Twins recovering from Wednesday night's celebration of their first division title since 2010, Schoop was the only player in Thursday afternoon's lineup with more than 12 of Minnesota's 299 homers this season.

Sure enough, Schoop was the one who made sure the Twins beat the New York Yankees to 300.

Schoop hit Minnesota's record 300th home run, Willians Astudillo also went deep and the AL Central champion Twins rallied past the Detroit Tigers 10-4 Thursday to move within one victory of giving the major leagues four 100-win teams for the first time.

With the Twins ahead 6-4 in the seventh, Schoop lofted Jose Cisnero's slider to deep left, and a strong breeze pushed the ball into the Tigers bullpen. Astudillo connected off Zac Reininger in the eighth.

''It is great that I got to hit the 300th homer, but this record is about more than me,'' Schoop said. ''We've got a lot of guys with a ton of homers, but so many other guys have hit big ones when we needed it.''

Minnesota was tied with the Yankees for the big league lead with 299 homers coming in. Before this year, the record for home runs by a team was the Yankees' 267 last year.

The Twins improved to 99-60 with their 10th win in 13 games.

Houston (104), the Yankees (102) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (102) have already reached 100 wins. The only prior years with three 100-win teams were 1942, 1977, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2017 and 2018.

Minnesota closes the season at home against Kansas City, among a record-tying four teams with 100 losses.

''I thought we might be feeling it a little, but no one was dragging out there,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''The guys in the lineup were busting their butts and the rest of the guys were in the dugout cheering.''

Detroit (46-112), already assured of the big leagues' worst record and next year's top draft pick, finished 22-59 at Comerica Park and tied the major league record for home losses set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns. The Tigers' minus-221 run differential at home was the worst in major league history, breaking a mark set by the 1883 Philadelphia Phillies at minus-215, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

''We didn't play well at home all summer long,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''I always preach that you have to care of your home and play well for your fans. We were terrible. That's got to change.''

Devin Smeltzer (2-2) allowed three runs and 10 hits in five innings.

''I'm not a big partier and I made sure to get a decent amount of rest, but I'm still feeling it a little,'' he said. ''I was laboring a little, but I was able to make the best of what I had.''

Jordan Zimmermann (1-13) lost his fourth straight start, giving up six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. Zimmermann started 23 times this season and set a team record for fewest wins by a pitcher with 20 or more starts. Art Houtteman had two wins in 20 starts in 1948.

''I obviously wish this had gone better,'' Zimmermann said. ''I had a few injuries and battled through some stuff. There were times I shouldn't have been out there, but that's the mindset I have. I'm going to be out there every time I can.''

Willi Castro and Victor Reyes hit RBI singles in the fourth for a 3-2 lead, but Minnesota went ahead 6-3 on Astudillo's RBI single, Jake Cave's two-run triple and Victor Alcantara's wild pitch.

''I think when I came up, I wanted to do too much and I was too aggressive,'' said Castro, who had his first three-hit game. ''I've been working on that, and I know next year is going to be better.''

KEEPING THE BALL

LF Ian Miller, brought up for defensive and pinch running duties, got his first two major league hits in his 10th game. The 27-year-old drove in the game's first run with a third-inning single.

''That ball is going home with me for the rest of my life,'' he said. ''I knew I was here to run and play defense, so any at-bats were going to be a bonus. I can't explain how that felt - I'm still in awe.''

Miller has another milestone coming on Friday.

''I'm getting my first big league check tomorrow,'' he said. ''I'm pretty excited about that, although it won't be as good as today.''

ATTENDANCE

The crowd of 17,557 raised Detroit's home season total to 1,501,430, down from 1,856,970 last season and the Tigers' lowest since they drew 1,368,245 fans during their 119-loss season in 2003.

WADE-ING IN

LaMonte Wade Jr., usually an outfielder, making his professional debut at first base. Wade, who borrowed Max Kepler's mitt, said he last played the position in college.

UP NEXT

Twins: Jose Berrios (13-8, 3.70) will start Friday against Kansas City's Eric Skoglund (0-2, 7.50).

Tigers: LHP Tyler Alexander (1-3, 4.99) starts the opener of Friday's doubleheader at the Chicago White Sox and RHP Ivan Nova (11-12, 4.80).

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MIN99-60
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DET46-112
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  • W: D. Smeltzer (2-2)L: J. Zimmermann (1-13)
  • HR: MIN - J. Schoop (23), W. Astudillo (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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I. Miller LF51210000.200.200.200.4004.0
L. Arraez 2B51000003.339.403.444.8471.0
W. Astudillo 3B54421000.272.304.383.68713.0
J. Cave RF51220012.250.341.432.7736.5
J. Schoop DH51231022.256.305.476.7818.0
J. Castro C30100220.231.332.423.7552.0
R. LaMarre CF41000103.158.273.316.5892.0
L. Wade 1B50100024.229.393.438.8310.0
R. Torreyes SS41100011.222.300.222.5223.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    V. Reyes CF40220112.298.329.426.7556.5
    B. Dixon LF51200024.248.291.437.7284.0
    M. Cabrera DH50110032.281.346.386.7320.5
    R. Rodriguez 2B50100011.216.248.429.6770.5
    D. Lugo 3B50100002.252.278.391.6691.0
    J. Hicks 1B40000012.209.240.370.610-0.5
    T. Demeritte RF41200012.227.282.350.6323.5
    J. Rogers C40100011.128.228.266.4940.5
    W. Castro SS42310012.242.291.358.6497.5
      BATTING
      • 3B - J. Cave (2)
      • HR - W. Astudillo (4), J. Schoop (23)
      • RBI - I. Miller, W. Astudillo 2 (19), J. Cave 2 (24), J. Schoop 3 (59)
      • 2-Out RBI - I. Miller, W. Astudillo (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Arraez, J. Schoop, L. Wade 2 (5), R. Torreyes (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Demeritte (7)
      • 3B - B. Dixon (4), W. Castro
      • RBI - V. Reyes 2 (25), M. Cabrera (57), W. Castro (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - V. Reyes (15), W. Castro (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Reyes (30), B. Dixon (35), M. Cabrera (27), D. Lugo (26), T. Demeritte (21)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Torreyes
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - V. Reyes (8)
      FIELDING
      • E - W. Castro (4), J. Hicks
      • PB - J. Rogers (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Smeltzer (W, 2-2)5.010330403.861.2711.0
      R. Harper (H, 12)1.02110203.811.181.0
      B. Graterol1.00000103.861.073.5
      F. Romero1.01001307.432.252.5
      J. Alcala1.00000100.001.203.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Smeltzer (W, 2-2)5.0
      R. Harper (H, 12)1.0
      B. Graterol1.0
      F. Romero1.0
      J. Alcala1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann (L, 1-13)4.17641206.911.52-4.0
      V. Alcantara1.21001204.971.442.0
      J. Cisnero1.03321114.461.57-2.5
      Z. Reininger1.02110118.682.140.5
      J. Jimenez1.00000204.301.334.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Smeltzer 81-57, R. Harper 16-12, B. Graterol 7-5, F. Romero 27-16, J. Alcala 8-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Smeltzer 3-8
      • Batters Faced - D. Smeltzer 25, R. Harper 5, B. Graterol 3, F. Romero 5, J. Alcala 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - V. Alcantara (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 91-56, V. Alcantara 27-15, J. Cisnero 15-9, Z. Reininger 17-9, J. Jimenez 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 7-5, V. Alcantara 1-2, J. Cisnero 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 22, V. Alcantara 7, J. Cisnero 7, Z. Reininger 5, J. Jimenez 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      MIN99-60
      00114031010130
      DET46-112
      0012010004132
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      I. Miller LF51210000.200.200.200.4004.0
      L. Arraez 2B51000003.339.403.444.8471.0
      W. Astudillo 3B54421000.272.304.383.68713.0
      J. Cave RF51220012.250.341.432.7736.5
      J. Schoop DH51231022.256.305.476.7818.0
      J. Castro C30100220.231.332.423.7552.0
      R. LaMarre CF41000103.158.273.316.5892.0
      L. Wade 1B50100024.229.393.438.8310.0
      R. Torreyes SS41100011.222.300.222.5223.5
      Total411013823815-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        V. Reyes CF40220112.298.329.426.7556.5
        B. Dixon LF51200024.248.291.437.7284.0
        M. Cabrera DH50110032.281.346.386.7320.5
        R. Rodriguez 2B50100011.216.248.429.6770.5
        D. Lugo 3B50100002.252.278.391.6691.0
        J. Hicks 1B40000012.209.240.370.610-0.5
        T. Demeritte RF41200012.227.282.350.6323.5
        J. Rogers C40100011.128.228.266.4940.5
        W. Castro SS42310012.242.291.358.6497.5
        Total404134011118-----
          BATTING
          • 3B - J. Cave (2)
          • HR - W. Astudillo (4), J. Schoop (23)
          • RBI - I. Miller, W. Astudillo 2 (19), J. Cave 2 (24), J. Schoop 3 (59)
          • 2-Out RBI - I. Miller, W. Astudillo (7)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Arraez, J. Schoop, L. Wade 2 (5), R. Torreyes (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Demeritte (7)
          • 3B - B. Dixon (4), W. Castro
          • RBI - V. Reyes 2 (25), M. Cabrera (57), W. Castro (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - V. Reyes (15), W. Castro (3)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Reyes (30), B. Dixon (35), M. Cabrera (27), D. Lugo (26), T. Demeritte (21)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - R. Torreyes
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - V. Reyes (8)
          FIELDING
          • E - W. Castro (4), J. Hicks
          • PB - J. Rogers (9)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Smeltzer (W, 2-2)5.010330403.861.2711.0
          R. Harper (H, 12)1.02110203.811.181.0
          B. Graterol1.00000103.861.073.5
          F. Romero1.01001307.432.252.5
          J. Alcala1.00000100.001.203.5
          Total9.013441110---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Smeltzer (W, 2-2)5.0
          R. Harper (H, 12)1.0
          B. Graterol1.0
          F. Romero1.0
          J. Alcala1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Zimmermann (L, 1-13)4.17641206.911.52-4.0
          V. Alcantara1.21001204.971.442.0
          J. Cisnero1.03321114.461.57-2.5
          Z. Reininger1.02110118.682.140.5
          J. Jimenez1.00000204.301.334.0
          Total9.013107382---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Zimmermann (L, 1-13)4.1
          V. Alcantara1.2
          J. Cisnero1.0
          Z. Reininger1.0
          J. Jimenez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Smeltzer 81-57, R. Harper 16-12, B. Graterol 7-5, F. Romero 27-16, J. Alcala 8-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Smeltzer 3-8
          • Batters Faced - D. Smeltzer 25, R. Harper 5, B. Graterol 3, F. Romero 5, J. Alcala 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - V. Alcantara (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 91-56, V. Alcantara 27-15, J. Cisnero 15-9, Z. Reininger 17-9, J. Jimenez 13-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 7-5, V. Alcantara 1-2, J. Cisnero 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 22, V. Alcantara 7, J. Cisnero 7, Z. Reininger 5, J. Jimenez 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Astudillo homered to left104
          • 7TH INNING
            Wade reached on an infield single to shortstop, LaMarre scored, Wade to second on 1st baseman Hicks throwing error94
            Schoop homered to left, Astudillo scored84
          • 6TH INNING
            Reyes singled to right center, Castro scored64
          • 5TH INNING
            Cave scored on wild pitch63
            Cave tripled to deep right center, Arraez and Astudillo scored53
            Astudillo singled to left, Miller scored, Arraez to third33
          • 4TH INNING
            Reyes singled to center, Castro scored23
            Castro singled to left, Demeritte scored, Castro to second22
            Schoop singled to left, Astudillo scored21
          • 3RD INNING
            Cabrera grounded out to second, Dixon scored11
            Miller singled to center, Torreyes scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Zac Reininger
            • J. Castro: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Strike looking, LaMarre popped out to second
            • L. Wade: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wade struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jorge Alcala relieved Fernando Romero
            • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez lined out to left
            • D. Lugo: Lugo flied out to deep right
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Zac Reininger relieved Jose Cisnero
            • I. Miller: Foul, Ball, Miller flied out to center
            • L. Arraez: Ball, Ball, Arraez flied out to left
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Astudillo homered to left
            • J. Cave: Ball, Cave singled to center
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Schoop struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Fernando Romero relieved Brusdar Graterol
            • T. Demeritte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Demeritte struck out swinging
            • J. Rogers: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rogers struck out looking
            • W. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Castro singled to right
            • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked, Castro to second
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Jose Cisnero relieved Victor Alcantara
            • W. Astudillo: Astudillo singled to center
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
            • J. Schoop: Schoop homered to left, Astudillo scored
            • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castro walked
            • R. LaMarre: Ball, LaMarre reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castro out at second
            • L. Wade: Ball, Wade reached on an infield single to shortstop, LaMarre scored, Wade to second on 1st baseman Hicks throwing error
            • R. Torreyes: Torreyes grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Brusdar Graterol relieved Ryne Harper
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • D. Lugo: Lugo lined out to second
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Hicks flied out to right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • V. Alcantara Pitching:
            • R. Torreyes: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Torreyes struck out looking
            • I. Miller: Strike swinging, Ball, Miller popped out to shortstop
            • L. Arraez: Ball, Arraez flied out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ryne Harper relieved Devin Smeltzer
            • J. Rogers: Strike looking, Rogers flied out to left
            • W. Castro: Strike looking, Castro tripled to deep right
            • V. Reyes: Foul, Ball, Reyes singled to right center, Castro scored
            • B. Dixon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Dixon struck out looking
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Torreyes safe at first on shortstop Castro fielding error
            • I. Miller: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Miller singled to right, Torreyes to third
            • L. Arraez: Ball, Strike looking, Arraez reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Torreyes out at home, Miller to third, Arraez to second
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Astudillo singled to left, Miller scored, Arraez to third
            • J. Cave: Cave tripled to deep right center, Arraez and Astudillo scored
            • Victor Alcantara relieved Jordan Zimmermann
            • J. Schoop: Schoop grounded out to third
            • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cave scored on wild pitch, Castro singled to center
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, LaMarre walked, Castro to second
            • L. Wade: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wade struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
            • D. Smeltzer Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera singled to deep left
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Rodriguez flied out to left
            • D. Lugo: Lugo singled to left center, Cabrera to second
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • T. Demeritte: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Demeritte flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Astudillo singled to center
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Astudillo to second on passed ball, Foul, Cave grounded out to second, Astudillo to third
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Schoop singled to left, Astudillo scored
            • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro walked, Schoop to second
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, LaMarre reached on fielder's choice to third, Schoop out at third, Castro to second
            • L. Wade: Wade grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Smeltzer Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Hicks grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Demeritte doubled to left
            • J. Rogers: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Rogers popped out to first
            • W. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro singled to left, Demeritte scored, Castro to second
            • V. Reyes: Foul, Reyes singled to center, Castro scored
            • B. Dixon: Dixon flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • R. LaMarre: Ball, Strike looking, LaMarre flied out to right
            • L. Wade: Ball, Strike looking, Wade grounded out to first
            • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Torreyes reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • I. Miller: Foul, Foul, Ball, Torreyes stole second, Ball, Foul, Miller singled to center, Torreyes scored
            • L. Arraez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Arraez flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Smeltzer Pitching:
            • B. Dixon: Dixon tripled to deep center
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to second, Dixon scored
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Foul, Rodriguez lined out to shortstop
            • D. Lugo: Lugo grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • J. Cave: Ball, Cave lined out to second
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Smeltzer Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Foul, Hicks flied out to deep left
            • T. Demeritte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Demeritte singled to right
            • J. Rogers: Ball, Rogers singled to left, Demeritte to second
            • W. Castro: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Reyes lined out to right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • I. Miller: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Miller flied out to deep left
            • L. Arraez: Ball, Arraez flied out to deep left
            • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Foul, Astudillo grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Smeltzer Pitching:
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dixon reached on an infield single to second
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • R. Rodriguez: Rodriguez singled to left, Dixon to second
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lugo flied out to left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)