The Minnesota Twins broke the major league record for home runs in a season — before September even started.
Fittingly, it was Mitch Garver who delivered the historic swing. He’d become sort of an unofficial statistician during his team’s pursuit.
“I’ve been tracking them for about a week in the dugout, making announcements,” Garver said. “‘Hey, guys, we’re 12 away,’ or, ‘We’re 13 away.’ Something like that. As it went on today, I kept announcing it, making sure everybody knew.”
Garver’s ninth-inning drive capped a sensational night of slugging for Minnesota on Saturday night, giving the Twins 268 home runs on the season — one more than the New York Yankees hit last year, and the Twins have 27 games left. It was the second homer of the game for Garver and the sixth for visiting Minnesota, which still lost 10-7 to the Detroit Tigers.
The Twins couldn’t overcome Detroit’s seven-run third inning, but they certainly kept the pressure on with their prodigious power. Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, C.J. Cron and Nelson Cruz also went deep for Minnesota, which also passed the 1997 Seattle Mariners (264 homers) during the game.
Cruz tied the record in the eighth with a 450-foot home run to the bushes beyond the wall in center.
“I had no idea that that was the homer to tie it,” Cruz said. “I find out later when I was in the dugout.”
Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 5: Eduardo Escobar homered for the third straight game and Arizona won before a crowd of 50,180, a single-game attendance record for Chase Field.
Cardinals sweep Reds: Matt Carpenter and Harrison Bader hit run-scoring singles during St. Louis’ two-run ninth inning, sending the Cardinals to a 3-2 win and sweep of a doubleheader. In the opener, Dakota Hudson struck out eight in a career-high 7 ⅔ innings in a 10-6 win. Dexter Fowler and Yadier Molina homered.
Brewers 2, Cubs 0: Manny Pina drove in two runs with a first-inning single and Josh Hader finished a strong performance by the bullpen of visiting Milwaukee.
Blue Jays 6, Astros 4: Cavan Biggio and Teoscar Hernandez each hit a two-run homer, leading host Toronto over Houston.
Mets 6, Phillies 3: Wilson Ramos matched his career high with four hits and extended his hitting streak to 24 games, helping New York to the road win.
Rays 9, Indians 6: Tommy Pham, Avisail Garcia, Ji-Man Choi and Travis d’Arnaud homered for host Tampa Bay.
Nationals 7, Marlins 0: Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 in eight crisp innings and Anthony Rendon homered twice, powering host Washington to the victory.
Royals 7, Orioles 5: Whit Merrifield hit a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after host Kansas City loaded the bases on three bunts. Anthony Santander went deep twice for Baltimore, which fell apart in the eighth as Kansas City played small ball.
Braves 11, White Sox 5: Dallas Keuchel collected his first RBIs since his rookie season and held Chicago to two runs in six innings in the win at Atlanta.
Rangers 3, Mariners 2: Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning after Texas rallied with the help of video review.
Pirates 11, Rockies 4: Josh Bell hit his 35th homer, Kevin Newman homered on the first pitch of the game and visiting Pittsburgh beat Colorado.
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