Romine belts grand slam as Tigers topple Twins

Posted April 13, 2017

Boyd didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning, exiting only because of an elevated pitch count, and batterymate James McCann provided the Tigers' punch with his third home run of the season in a 2-1 win.

Gibson earned a no-decision after allowing three runs, five hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings of Minnesota's 5-3 victory over Kansas City on Thursday.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, McCann hit his third home run of the season, off of the fence and into the Tigers' bullpen in leftfield. The Tigers have homered in each of their first eight games, a franchise record to start a season.

Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler is greeted in the dugout after he and Eddie Rosario scored on a Joe Mauer single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Detroit. "Once I realize that - it's a lot of adrenaline going on". The Twins plated a run on back-to-back hits by Miguel Sano - a double - and Jason Castroe.

Romine has been hitting well, but so, too, have the rest of the lineup - excepting the three-four-five in the order.

And now the Minnesota Twins want the Tigers to do the same for them.

Brian Dozier led off the contest with his first home run this season for Minnesota (5-3), which has dropped the first two games of the series.

The Minnesota Twins will look to find their footing after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games, including a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Tigers in the series opener. He got out of a two-on, two-out jam by retiring Eduardo Escobar on a flyout to end the game. Before that, though, Tyler Collins put in a key at-bat with one out and the bases loaded that gave him that chance in the first place.

"It's always tough to swallow when you give up a five-spot", Gibson said. Joe Mauer pinch hit for Chris Gimenez, and hit a go-ahead home run hit a bloop single to keep the Twins alive.

In retrospect, Gibson said he probably should have stuck with his fastball after Romine struggled to catch up with it earlier in the at-bat.

Castellanos would have to settle for a double on the play as he just missed the home run. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said OF J.D. Martinez (sprained right foot) swung in the batting cage Monday. Tigers relievers have struggled so far this season, but they were able to close this game out.