DETROIT ( Associated Press) — Jonathan Schoop became the third Curacao player with 1,000 major league hits and came within a home run of completing the cycle, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Detroit Twins 7-5 on Monday night. Minnesota in the first game of a five-game series.
Schoop, a 30-year-old infielder in his 10th major league season, singled in the third inning, doubled in the fifth for his 1,000th hit and tripled in the top of the seventh as part of an afternoon of 5 -3 at bat that raised his average from .173 to .185.
Schoop joined Andruw Jones (1,933) and Andrelton Simmons (1,163 through Sunday) as Curaçao players with at least 1,000 hits.
Detroit rallied from a 3-1 deficit and scored more than four runs for the first time since May 15.
Puerto Rican right-hander Joe Jimenez (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief on one-hit ball. Dominican left-hander Gregory Soto drew Nick Gordon’s ninth-inning single for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Tigers starter Beau Briske went 0-4 in seven major league starts, allowing four runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
For the Tigres, Puerto Ricans Willi Castro 3-2 with a couple of RBIs, and Javier Báez 5-1. The Venezuelan Harold Castro 5-0.
For the Twins, Colombian Gio Urshela 4-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Puerto Rican José Miranda 4-2 with a run scored and two RBIs. The Dominicans Gary Sánchez 4-2 with two runs scored and one RBI, and Jorge Polanco 4-1. The Venezuelan Luis Arraez 4-1.