MINNEAPOLIS -- C.J. Cron had four hits including a three-run homer, and Marwin Gonzalez also homered as the Minnesota Twins earned a doubleheader split with an 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night, May 11, in Minneapolis.
Eddie Rosario finished with three hits, and Byron Buxton and Gonzalez each had two hits for Minnesota, which bounced back from a 5-3 loss in the opener to win for the fifth time in its last six games.
The Twins improved to 11-2 following a loss.
Kohl Stewart (1-1), making his sixth career start and second of the season, picked up the win, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out two. Relievers Matt Magill, Mike Morin and Tyler Duffey, who struck out the side in the ninth, combined to blank the Tigers on one hit over the final three innings.
Jeimer Candelario hit a two-run homer, and Nicholas Castellanos added two hits for Detroit.
Left-hander Gregory Soto, recalled from Double-A Erie, took the loss in his major league debut. The Tigers' 2017 Minor League Pitcher of the Year allowed seven runs on nine hits and two walks in four innings, striking out one.
The Twins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Rosario had an RBI single to drive in Gonzalez, who singled and went to third when center fielder JaCoby Jones allowed the ball to bounce past him and roll to the wall. Max Kepler hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Nelson Cruz, who had walked.
The Tigers tied it in the second on Candelario's second homer of the season, a 388-foot drive to right that drove in John Hicks, who had walked.
Minnesota regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Buxton doubled to the gap in left-center and scored on Mitch Garver's triple off the wall in right-center. After Gonzalez walked, Cruz drove in Garver with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.
The Tigers cut it to 4-3 in the third on an RBI by Brandon Dixon, driving in Christin Stewart who had doubled, but the Twins pulled away thanks to Cron's three-run homer in the fifth and a solo shot by Gonzalez in the sixth.
Hicks' homer lifts Tigers in twin bill opener
John Hicks hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers posted a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a split doubleheader Saturday .
Ronny Rodriguez hit two home runs and Brandon Dixon also homered for Detroit, which won for just the second time in its last 11 meetings with Minnesota.
Joe Jimenez (2-1) got the win despite giving up a tying homer to C.J. Cron in the eighth. Shane Greene picked up his American League-leading 14th save by pitching a scoreless ninth.
Jason Castro also homered for Minnesota, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Reliever Trevor Hildenberger (2-2) gave up two runs in the ninth to suffer the loss.
The Tigers, coming off back-to-back shutout losses to the Angels and Twins, snapped a 19-inning scoreless streak in the second inning with two solo homers. Rodriguez crushed a 454-foot drive into the second deck above the bullpen in left-center, and Dixon curled a 378-footer inside the foul pole down the left field line.
The Twins cut it to 2-1 in the bottom half of the inning on Jonathan Schoop's double into the gap in left-center, driving in Jake Cave who had been hit by a pitch.
Rodriguez extended Detroit's lead to 3-1 in the fourth with his second homer of the game and fifth of the season, a 414-foot drive into the second deck in left field.
The Twins closed to within 3-2 in the sixth thanks in part to a successful challenge by the Tigers.
Castro jogged to first after it appeared he was hit on his hand by a pitch by Detroit starter Spencer Turnbull. Detroit challenged that the ball hit the knob of Castro's bat, which was confirmed by replay. Two pitches later, Castro belted his fifth home run of the season, a 443-foot drive into the plaza behind the bleachers in right field.
Cron tied it in the eighth with his eighth homer of the season, a 422-foot drive to center off Jimenez.
Hicks answered with his second home run of the season with one out in the ninth off Hildenberger, a line drive just over the fence and into the flower box in left. The Tigers added an insurance run later in the inning on Christin Stewart's RBI single, driving in Gordon Beckham who had doubled.
Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the third inning by home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt for arguing balls and strikes, the 77th ejection of his career and sixth time by Wendelstedt.