June 13, 2018 / 2:57 AM / 6 months ago

Adrianza, Twins slam Tigers, who lose Cabrera (biceps)

EditorsNote: updates Cabrera injury

Ehire Adrianza smacked his first career grand slam, lifting the Minnesota Twins past the host Detroit Tigers 6-4 on Tuesday night.

The bigger loss for the Tigers, was Miguel Cabrera. The veteran first baseman left the game in the third inning with ruptured left biceps tendon, and he will undergo season-ending surgery. Cabrera sustained the injury when he took a big swing at a Jake Odorizzi breaking pitch.

Adrianza’s seventh-inning homer, his third of the season, gave the Twins a three-run lead. Adrianza had three hits and scored twice.

Odorizzi, the Twins’ starter, gave up two runs on four hits in five innings. Ryan Pressly (1-1) pitched an inning of scoreless relief to pick up the win, and Fernando Rodney tossed a perfect ninth inning for his 14th save.

Jose Iglesias had two hits, a run and an RBI for the Tigers. Starting pitcher Blaine Hardy tossed six-plus innings and gave up two runs on three hits. Louis Coleman (3-1), who walked two batters in two-thirds of an inning, was tagged with the loss.

Minnesota manufactured a run in the third. Adrianza reached on an infield single, stole second, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Ryan LaMarre’s sacrifice fly.

Odorizzi issued four walks without giving up a run in the first three innings but wasn’t so fortunate in the fourth. John Hicks led off with a single and scored on Iglesias’ triple down the right field line. Leonys Martin gave the Tigers a 2-1 advantage with a long sacrifice fly to center field.

Adrianza’s big blast gave the Twins a 5-2 lead. Eduardo Escobar led off the seventh with a single, ending Hardy’s night. Coleman came in and walked two of the four batters he faced. Warwick Saupold replaced Coleman, and Adrianza drilled a 3-1 fastball over the right field wall.

Minnesota’s lead was cut to one in the bottom of the inning. With runners in scoring position, JaCoby Jones hit a slow roller that he beat out for a single as Niko Goodrum scored. Escobar made a throwing error on the play, allowing Victor Martinez to score, too.

Miguel Sano gave the Twins a 6-4 lead in the eighth with a single that knocked in Eddie Rosario.

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