Suarez leads Tigers to 12-9 victory over Twins
DETROIT (AP) — Rookie Eugenio Suarez hit a leadoff homer and a run-scoring double in Detroit’s seven-run third inning, and the slumping Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 12-9, while the Colorado Rockies again stunned the MLB-leading San Francisco Giants on Saturday.
The Tigers led 11-1 after six innings, but their struggling bullpen had trouble finishing off the game.
The AL Central leaders came into the game having lost 17 of 24 after a fast start to the season, but it was helped by another strong pitching performance. Anibal Sanchez (3-2) was charged with three runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Sanchez, Drew Smyly and Max Scherzer have combined for a 1.69 ERA in Detroit’s last three games.
Samuel Deduno (2-5) lasted just 2 2-3 innings for Minnesota, which had won three in a row. The right-hander allowed seven runs and seven hits, struck out three and walked two.
After his homer, Suarez drove in Nick Castellanos with a double later in the inning, and Torii Hunter also had an RBI double. Victor Martinez’s drive off the top of the right-field wall was originally ruled a double, but quickly became a two-run homer after a replay review.
Ian Kinsler drove in the seventh run of the inning with an infield single.
Suarez added a triple in the seventh and had a chance for a cycle in the eighth, but bounced into a forceout.
The Twins scored three times in the seventh and eighth to close to 12-7 and Ian Krol allowed a two-run homer to Brian Dozier in the ninth before finishing for his first career save.
At San Francisco, Brandon Barnes hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies rallied for the second straight day to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4.
Charlie Blackmon singled with two outs off Giants closer Sergio Romo (3-3) before Barnes lined a hit to center field. San Francisco’s Angel Pagan misplayed the ball and it skipped to the fence as Blackmon and Barnes raced around the bases.
Buster Posey’s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning had given the Giants a 4-3 lead. Posey also doubled and homered to finish with a season-high three RBIs — the most by San Francisco’s two-time All-Star in more than 11 months.
Hunter Pence hit his ninth home run of the year while Gregor Blanco had three hits for San Francisco.
At Baltimore, Chris Davis homered to back an effective pitching performance by Bud Norris, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the slumping Toronto Blue Jays 3-2.
Davis hit a two-run shot off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (6-5) to put Baltimore up 3-1 in the fifth inning. It was the 11th homer of the year for Davis, who led the majors last year with 53.
At Atlanta, Kole Calhoun’s bases-loaded single in the 13th inning drove in the go-ahead run and the Los Angeles Angels recovered after blowing a four-run lead in the ninth to beat the Atlanta Braves 11-6.
Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each had three hits, including back-to-back homers in the sixth inning, and drove in four runs.
Elsewhere Saturday, Jason Kipnis had three hits and the Cleveland Indians rallied with two runs in the seventh inning to beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 and Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-6 victory over the Miami Marlins.
In other games, the Philadelphia Phillies had a 7-4 win over the Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres stopped a five-game losing streak, beating the New York Mets 5-0 and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Washington Nationals 4-1.