Nelson Cruz homers in 4th straight game as Minnesota Twins thump Detroit Tigers 12-2
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — Nelson Cruz homered for the fourth straight game and the Minnesota Twins connected four times in all Sunday to rout the Detroit Tigers 12-2.
Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario also connected for the Twins. Minnesota hit eight homers while winning two of three in Detroit.
The Tigers have lost 13 of their last 15 at Comerica Park.
Jake Odorizzi (9-2) allowed one run on five hits and one walk in six innings. He struck out eight and has given up just one run in his past 22 1/3 innings.
Ryan Carpenter (1-3) was tagged for eight runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
The Twins took the lead after two batters when Jorge Polanco singled and scored on Mitch Garver’s double. Cruz followed with a two-run homer to give the Twins three runs before Carpenter had recorded an out.
Detroit got a run in the bottom of the first when Nicholas Castellanos grounded into a double play with runners at the corners.