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Logan Forsythe went 5-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs, and Jorge Polanco homered and drove in four runs to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 15-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Miguel Sano homered and drove in three runs, Ehire Adrianza hit a two-run home run and scored twice, and Joe Mauer had two hits, a walk and three runs for Minnesota, which finished with 15 hits and won its third consecutive game.
Forsythe, who left the contest to a standing ovation for pinch runner Jake Cave after a seventh-inning single for his career-high fifth hit, is batting .449 (22-for-49) with the Twins since coming over from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Brian Dozier deal at the non-waiver deadline.
Trevor May (1-0), despite walking in a pair of runs in relief of starter Ervin Santana, picked up the win in relief, his first major league victory since July 29, 2016. May, who missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, didn’t give up a hit or a run in two innings, walking two and striking out two.
Nicholas Castellanos, Mikie Mahtook, James McCann and Niko Goodrum all homered for Detroit, which fell to 18-42 in road games. The Twins improved to 17-4 at Target Field since June 24.
Castellanos gave Detroit a 2-0 lead in the first inning with his 18th homer of the season, a two-run shot to the back of the bullpen in left-center that measured 396 feet and also drove in Jeimer Candelario, who had walked.
Polanco put the Twins in front in the bottom of the first with a three-run homer down the left field line, driving in Mauer, who doubled, and Forsythe, who singled.
Minnesota then chased Tigers starter Francisco Liriano (3-8) during a five-run second that featured a two-run ground-rule double down the right field line by Forsythe, a sacrifice fly by Polanco and Sano’s 10th homer of the season, a two-run drive to right.
Liriano, winless since April 28, allowed eight runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the year.
The Tigers cut it to 8-5 in the fourth with their first back-to-back homers of the year by Mahtook — his first of the season, which drove in Victor Martinez, who had doubled — and McCann.
Santana then loaded the bases with no outs to start the fifth before giving way to May, who walked Martinez to force in Jim Adduci, who opened the inning with a single. After striking out Mahtook, May walked McCann to force in Castellanos, who had doubled, to make it 8-7 before striking out Ronny Rodriguez and getting Victor Reyes to ground out to end the threat.
The Twins then blew the game open with a 12-batter, seven-hit, seven-run sixth. Adrianza hit a two-run homer, Sano drew a bases-loaded walk, Tyler Austin hit a sacrifice fly, Mitch Garver had a two-run single and Eddie Rosario added an RBI single.
Goodrum led off the seventh with his 13th home run of the season and fifth against the Twins to end the scoring.
—Field Level Media