DETROIT — Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam after a close to miss and added a solo homer and a double, Matt Shoemaker held Detroit hitless into the fifth inning and the Minnesota Twins rolled previous the Tigers 15-6 on Monday.
Akil Baddoo hit a grand slam for the Tigers. He made his massive league debut Sunday and homered on the primary pitch thrown to him.
Cruz got here up with the bases loaded within the second and the Twins already up 2-0. He despatched a drive down the road in proper discipline that went foul — however was shut sufficient for a replay assessment. That decision was upheld, however then Cruz hit the very subsequent pitch over the fence in left.
The Twins scored 5 runs within the second and Cruz homered once more in a five-run fifth.
Restricted to pinch-hitting responsibility in Minnesota’s opening sequence at Milwaukee, Cruz was again in his regular function with the return of the designated hitter to the Twins’ lineup. After hitting his two homers, he doubled and scored within the sixth.
Cruz hit a towering fly within the ninth that was caught on the warning monitor.
Tiger infielder Harold Castro pitched a hitless ninth. Detroit scored 5 with two outs within the backside half on a solo homer by Victor Reyes and the slam by Baddoo.
Shoemaker (1-0) held the Tigers with out a hit till Wilson Ramos homered with two outs within the fifth. He allowed three hits in six innings with 5 strikeouts and earned his first victory since April 9, 2019, earlier than he was beset by accidents.
Shoemaker, a Michigan native, has dominated the Tigers in his profession, going 5-1 with a 0.79 ERA in seven begins in opposition to Detroit.
José Ureña (0-1) lasted solely three innings in his Tigers debut. The best-hander allowed 5 earned runs, 4 hits and 4 walks with 5 strikeouts. He threw 66 pitches within the first two innings alone.
Randy Dobnak, who entered with the Twins up 15-1, allowed these 5 runs within the ninth however was credited together with his first save of the season after pitching the ultimate three innings.
The sport was delayed by rain for 52 minutes at the beginning, and when it started it moved slowly — when the Twins had been batting, no less than. Minnesota completed with 14 hits and drew 11 walks. Detroit’s six pitchers did mix for 13 strikeouts. The Tigers threw 215 pitches within the sport.
Twins: 3B Luiz Arraez left the sport within the second inning with higher gastrointestinal discomfort. Willians Astudillo changed him and had three hits. … OF Byron Buxton was out of the lineup. He left Sunday’s sport with an sickness unrelated to COVID-19, in line with crew officers. Supervisor Rocco Baldelli mentioned Monday that Buxton was doing higher however was nonetheless not 100%.
Tigers: DH Miguel Cabrera returned to the lineup. He skilled soreness popping out of Saturday’s sport and had the day without work Sunday.
Detroit sends RHP Casey Mize to the mound for his first begin of the season. The No. 1 decide within the 2018 draft, Mize arrived within the majors final season however continues to be in search of his first win. LHP J.A. Happ is about to start out for the Twins.