The Detroit Tigers recorded a rare victory as they edged out the Minnesota Twins 10-8 on Monday night.
The Tigers – who had lost 11 of 13 games coming into this one – scored eight runs in the first inning, but saw the Twins score twice in the second, once in the third and four in the fourth inning to cut the deficit.
The Twins tied it in the seventh when Byung Ho Park scored on an error by JD Martinez, but Nick Castellanos immediately hit back with a solo home run and Martinez made up for his dropped catch by going deep in the eighth.
There were even more runs in the opener of the Ohio Cup match-up as the Cleveland Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 15-6, with Marlon Byrd and Yan Gomes clearing the fences for the Indians, who got hits from all of their starters, while Eugenio Suarez and Adam Duvall hit homers for Cincinnati.
Steve Pearce, Tim Beckham, Curt Casali and Desmond Jennings all hit homers as the Tampa Bay Rays routed the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2, while Sean Manaea held the Texas Rangers to one run over 6 2/3 innings for his first major league win, helping the Oakland Athletics prevail 3-1.
In interleague match-ups, Jake Lamb and Jean Segura collected three RBI each as the Arizona Diamondbacks routed the New York Yankees 12-2, while the Angels held off a fightback from the Dodgers to edge the Los Angeles derby 7-6.
In the National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates moved up to second in the NL Central with a 8-5 win over the Atlanta Braves as Matt Joyce made the most of a rare start by going 3-4 with a home run and three RBI.
Marcell Ozuna extended his hitting streak to 16 games by hitting a solo homer in the Miami Marlins’ 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.