DETROIT — The Bomba Squad was out in full force on Sunday afternoon in Detroit, searching for pitches they could hit and then laying down punishment.
Four home runs later and it had accomplished the mission with a 12-2 win over the Tigers in the series finale at Comerica Park. The blowout victory capped a 10-game road trip, which included stops in Tampa Bay and Cleveland, with a 6-4 record.
Nelson Cruz hit his fourth home run in as many days for the Twins (43-21) and his 11th on the season. It was his 14th regular-season home run at Comerica Park, tying the Royals’ Alex Gordon for the most home runs among active visiting players.
“He’s just doing his thing and you see what happens,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “The way he impacts the ball is very unique, the certain pitches he can get the barrel to is unique. That’s why he’s one of the best hitters in the game.”
That capped an 11-pitch at-bat for Cruz and staked Jake Odorizzi to a three-run lead before he even toed the rubber.
“It happened really quickly and then to keep adding on, I think that’s what was the most important thing,” Odorizzi said.
Miguel Sano’s home run to lead off the fourth inning triggered a five-run outburst. By the top of the fourth, when Eddie Rosario singled, each member of the starting lineup had already recorded a hit. Two more homers — a two-run blast from Byron Buxton and a solo shot from Rosario — followed.
The 125 home runs the Twins have hit so far ties the franchise record for the most home runs hit before the All-Star break, set in 1964 in 81 games. It also puts the Twins on pace to hit approximately 316 this season, which would be a major-league record.
All that while Odorizzi was lowering his American League-leading ERA to 1.92 with six innings of one-run ball. It was his 10th straight start in which he had given up three or fewer runs.
The only run Odorizzi gave up to the Tigers (24-38) came in the first inning when Niko Goodrum, who had walked, scored on a double play ball.
Starting with the double play, Odorizzi went into cruise control, retiring 11 of 12.
In the middle of that stretch, he retired five straight batters via strikeout. Odorizzi picked up his ninth win of the season.