Twins set new single-season home run record

Twins set new single-season home run record”

Cave's two-run single highlighted a five-run second inning.

The Tigers put up a fight early, as Gibson got off to a slow start, but the Twins scored in four of the first five innings. He finished his outing on a positive note, however, retiring 11 of the last 13 men he faced.

Major League Baseball teams are on pace to shatter the season record for home runs, 6,105, set in 2017. That's also the third time in the past nine years that Minnesota reached that many wins in a season. It's the 17th time in his career Pujols has hit 20 or more home runs in a season.

This stretch has become even sweeter with the Cleveland Indians getting swept by the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend and has allowed the Twins to extend their lead in the American League Central to 5 1/2 games.

Gibson was given a 4-0 lead before he took the mound.

Pablo Lopez (5-7) took the loss, allowing six hits and six runs in three innings. They had a three-run lead before the Tigers recorded an out.

Nelson Cruz was responsible for tying the record.

Garver hit two of the Twins' six homers of the night. Three of the seven batters he faced produced at bats of at least six pitches.

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After a hit batter, Jason Castro brought in Cave with an RBI single.

Mercer cut Minnesota's lead to 6-3 against reliever Sam Dyson in the seventh with his seventh homer of the season.

Wilson Ramos continued his late-season surge by tying a career high with four hits for NY, who gained ground in the National League wild-card race with a win over host Philadelphia. He pitched six innings and allowed two runs on nine hits and three strikeouts. With runners on the corners, he managed to catch a break, inducing an inning-ending ground ball double play.

The Twins couldn't conquer Detroit's seven-run 3rd inning, however they surely stored the power on with their prodigious energy.

Los Angeles trailed 4-3 going into the bottom of the eighth before blowing it open with six runs and five hits off Ryan Brasier (2-4). That was when Ron Gardenhire pulled the plug on starter Edwin Jackson.

"That was probably the most intense four-run game I've ever been in in my life, including the playoffs", Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. The Tigers closed the gap to 6-2 in the bottom frame. Gibby handed over the game to the bullpen in the sixth inning and it couldn't have been in better hands.

Twins: CF Max Kepler left the game with soreness in his left leg and is day-to-day.

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