DETROIT — Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario homered and drove in three runs each as the Minnesota Twins extended their winning streak to six games with a 9-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Mikie Mahtook homered for Detroit, which has lost six of seven.
Twins starter Kyle Gibson allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings, departing one out before he was eligible for the win.
Anibal Sanchez (3-3) took the loss, allowing five runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out six without walking a batter.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first on Mahtook’s second homer in as many days. It was his eighth homer of the year – one short of his career high – and 20th of his career.
Minnesota got on the board in the fourth. With one out, Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano singled and Rosario followed with a homer into the Tigers’ bullpen – his 15th of the season.
Twins centerfielder Byron Buxton received applause from the Detroit crowd after a spectacular catch of Miguel Cabrera’s 410-foot line drive. Buxton, running with his back to the plate on a ball measured at 109 mph off the bat, adjusted his route and made a diving catch on the warning track.
Kepler made it 5-1 in the fifth, lining a 2-2 sinker into the right-field stands for his 14th homer.
Jose Iglesias hit an RBI double in the middle of the inning, then scored on Justin Upton’s single to pull the Tigers within 5-3. Ryan Pressly (2-2) replaced Gibson and retired Cabrera …read more