Pair of homers power Minnesota Twins past Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Thursday

The Detroit Tigers' Eric Haase, top, and Jonathan Schoop celebrates Haase's two-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher J.A. Happ during the fourth inning on Thursday in Minneapolis. (AP photo)


Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Ryan Jeffers and Miguel Sano homered, leading J.A. Happ and the Minnesota Twins over the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Thursday night.

Jeffers’ homer with one out in the fifth inning marked Minnesota’s first runner against Tigers starter Tarik Skubal.

“I consider him one of the best young starting pitchers in baseball,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He’s very tough. We’re going to see a lot of him going forward. We kind of waited him out.”

Sano started the seventh with his 15th homer, connecting against off Skubal (5-8) to tie the game at 3.

Max Kepler beat out an infield single and Gilberto Celestino followed with another grounder. Detroit tried to turn a double play, but Kepler was called safe at second and Celestino beat the relay throw to first.

After a sacrifice bunt, reliever Jose Cisnero unleashed a wild pitch that scored Kepler with the go-ahead run. Jorge Polanco added a sacrifice fly.

“We obviously didn’t execute and gave away a lot of outs, a few outs on defense and maybe a few opportunities on offense,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said, “We couldn’t keep them in the ballpark either. Those are three keys to this game and it is frustrating. It has not been our norm. You’re reminded quickly. If you don’t execute in this game, it can hurt you at the end.”

Eric Haase hit a two-run homer for Detroit, which had won four of five.