The 39-year-old Cruz tagged Kansas City's Gabe Speier for a solo drive. It gave the AL Central-leading Twins an 8-6 lead and elicited a curtain call for Cruz as fans at Target Field gave him a standing ovation.
This was the fourth time in Cruz's career that he's gotten to the 40-homer mark. He did so in three straight years from 2014-16 with Baltimore and Seattle. He's the 26th player in baseball history with four 40-home run seasons. Cruz also became the ninth Dominican-born player with 400 career homers.
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