The Twins scored early and often against starting pitcher Matthew Boyd, whose post-trade deadline rocky streak continues. Boyd went six innings and threw 107 pitches, but gave up seven earned runs on four hits. He managed to strike out seven, but more troubling were his five walks.
The scoring started in the third with a deep double for Mitch Garver, which scored Jonathan Schoop. Then a Nelson Cruz groundout scored Garver, giving the Twins an early 2-0 lead. In the fourth inning, CJ Cron homered to score himself, Miguel Sano, and Max Kepler, bringing the score to 5-0.
The Tigers did manage to cut the lead slightly in the fifth inning, as John Hicks doubled to score Jordy Mercer, and then Harold Castro singled to score Hicks.
Unfortunately the Twins weren’t done yet, as a Schoop home run scored both him and Cron, bringing the Twins up to 7-2, and putting the nail in the coffin of Boyd’s day.
Both Gregory Soto and David McKay pitched clean relief innings, but the damage was done.
In the ninth inning, however, the Tigers made one final push. Mercer doubled to score new arrival Willi Castro, and then Hicks singled to score Mercer. It was enough to cut the lead, but not enough to push the game into extras.
Tigers lost, 7-4.