Cron, Schoop homer as Twins top TigersReuters | Minnesota | Updated: 26-08-2019 03:16 IST | Created: 26-08-2019 03:15 IST
C.J. Cron hit a three-run home run and Jonathan Schoop added a two-run blast to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis. Cron finished 1-for-2 with two walks, three RBIs and two runs scored, and Schoop also walked and scored twice for Minnesota.
The Twins increased their American League Central lead to 3 1/2 games over Cleveland, a 9-8 loser to Kansas City in 10 innings earlier Sunday. The Twins, who increased their major league-leading home run total to 253, won just their second home series since the All-Star break. Martin Perez (9-5) picked up the win, allowing two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out five to garner his first victory since a 15-6 win over Texas on July 5.
Jordy Mercer hit two doubles and scored twice, Harold Castro went 2-for-4 with an RBI and John Hicks doubled and drove in two runs for Detroit. Matthew Boyd (6-10) suffered the loss for Detroit, allowing seven runs on four hits and a season-high five walks while striking out seven. Boyd fell to 1-6 in his past 15 starts.
Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the third inning when Schoop led off with a walk and scored when Mitch Garver doubled high off the wall in right-center above the 403-foot sign. Garver advanced to third on a groundout by Jorge Polanco and then scored on a groundout by Nelson Cruz. The Twins extended the lead to 5-0 in the fourth. Miguel Sano led off with a line-drive double down the left field line and Max Kepler was hit by a pitch. Cron then followed with his 21st homer of the season, a 410-foot drive to center.
Detroit cut it to 5-2 in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Mercer and Hicks and an RBI single by Castro. Minnesota increased its lead to 7-2 in the sixth when Schoop lined a two-run homer down the left field line, driving in Cron, who had walked.