DETROIT -- C.J. Cron homered and Jorge Polanco had three hits as the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 13-5 on Friday night.
The Twins have won five consecutive, including the first four of a 10-game road trip, and lead the Cleveland Indians by 41/2 games in the AL Central.
Cron hit Minnesota's 262nd home run in the fourth inning, moving them within five of the major-league record of 267, set last year by the New York Yankees.
John Hicks and Ronny Rodriguez homered for the Tigers, who have lost six in a row. Detroit still needs five victories in its last 16 games at Comerica Park to avoid becoming the first modern major-league team to lose 60 times at home.
Kyle Gibson (13-6) picked up the win despite allowing 4 runs and 10 hits in 5 innings.
Tigers starter Edwin Jackson (3-8) allowed 8 runs -- 6 earned -- with 7 hits and 3 walks in 21/3 innings.
The Twins didn't need a home run to score three runs before Jackson recorded an out. Max Kepler led off with a walk, Polanco singled and Nelson Cruz and Eddie Rosario hit RBI singles.
Miguel Sano hit what looked like a routine double-play ball, but shortstop Willi Castro misplayed it, allowing the third run to score. Luis Arraez grounded into a force at second, driving in Rosario to make it 4-0, and C.J. Cron hit into an inning-ending double play.
The Tigers came back with two runs in the bottom of the first on Rodriguez's RBI double off the third-base bag, a wild pitch and a run-scoring single by Dawel Lugo.
Minnesota made it 6-2 in the second on Kepler's RBI double and Cruz's sacrifice fly, but Jake Rogers ended a 1-for-36 slump with an RBI double in the bottom of the inning.
The Twins scored twice more in the third to take an 8-3 lead on a bases-loaded groundout by Jake Cave and Rogers' seventh passed ball of the season. The rookie is tied for fourth in the American League despite only catching 22 games.
Rosario's RBI groundout made it 9-3 in the fourth and Cron's three-run home run off Matt Hall later in the inning put the Twins well into double figures.
ATHLETICS 8, YANKEES 2 Jurickson Profar delivered two tiebreaking hits to atone for his role in the double-reversal of a double play, and Oakland beat host New York.
ASTROS 7, BLUE JAYS 4 George Springer homered and drove in four runs as visiting Houston beat Toronto, the Astros' 10th victory in 12 games.
RAYS 4, INDIANS 0 Austin Pruitt and three relievers combined on a five-hitter, Jesus Aguilar had a three-run home run and host Tampa Bay beat Cleveland.
RANGERS 6, MARINERS 3 Rougned Odor snapped an 0-for-28 slump with an early game-tying RBI double, Danny Santana hit his 24th home run and Texas beat visiting Seattle.
ORIOLES 14, ROYALS 2 Local product John Means won back home with seven strong innings, Hanser Alberto got a career-high five hits and Baltimore beat host Kansas City.
CUBS 7, BREWERS 1 Nicholas Castellanos hit a pair of two-run home runs, Jose Quintana took a shutout into the sixth and Chicago cruised to its fourth consecutive victory.
NATIONALS 7, MARLINS 6 Anthony Rendon lined a two-run single with one out in the ninth and host Washington rallied past Miami.
METS 11, PHILLIES 5 Todd Frazier hit a pair of three-run home runs and tied his career-best with six RBI, and visiting New York beat Philadelphia.
BRAVES 10, WHITE SOX 7 Max Fried pitched six-plus innings and won his sixth consecutive decision, Tyler Flowers hit a three-run home run and surging Atlanta beat visiting Chicago.
Chicago Cubs 7, Milwaukee 1
NY Mets 11, Philadelphia 5
Washington 7, Miami 6
Pittsburgh 9, Colorado 4
LA Dodgers at Arizona, (n)
San Diego at San Francisco, (n)
Cincinnati at St. Louis, ppd.
Oakland 8, NY Yankees 2
Houston 7, Toronto 4
Tampa Bay 4, Cleveland 0
Minnesota 13, Detroit 5
Texas 6, Seattle 3
Baltimore 14, Kansas City 2
Boston at LA Angels, (n)
Atlanta 10, Chicago White Sox 7
Sports on 08/31/2019
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