Daz Cameron’s HR in 8th lifts Tigers past Twins 3-2

DETROIT (AP) — Daz Cameron hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Thursday.

Cameron’s 416-foot shot to left center Emilio Pagan (1-2) scored Eric Haase, who hit a one-out single for the Tigers.

Alex Lange (3-1) walked twice and retired one in the decisive eighth inning and Gregory Soto closed his 10th save.

Minnesota, leading the AL Central, the only team in the division with a winning record, has lost seven of 10 games.

The fourth-placed Tigers meanwhile have won seven of their last nine games to make up ground in the standings after a poor start.

Jonathan Schoop had a lot to do with the turnaround, hitting an RBI single in the first inning of the series finale to account for seven of Detroit’s 10 points over two games.

TO START

Minnesota’s Chris Archer allowed one run on three hits. Detroit’s Alex Faedo allowed two runs on five hits and two walks.

BAEZ BENCH

The Tigers gave SS Javier Baez a second straight day off to reset physically and mentally. Baez, who signed a six-year contract for $140 million in December, has his lowest batting average (.197) since he was a Chicago Cubs rookie in 2014 and has just three homers. and 13 RBIs in 40 games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: RHP Sonny Gray, retired from his last start, went on the 15-day injured list with a strained chest muscle. … DE Gilberto Celestino, who was on the COVID-19 list last Friday, has tested negative for two consecutive days and is expected to join the team for their next series in Toronto.

Tigers: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, on IL with a sprained rib since May 22, will join the team on his next road trip and expects to pitch for Triple-A Toledo within a week. … OF Austin Meadows, on the IL with since May 16, hasn’t had any symptoms of vertigo recently and is feeling fine, according to manager AJ Hinch.

NEXT

Twins: Open a three-game series in Toronto.

Tigers: Hit the road for a three-game set with the New York Yankees on Friday night.

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