Twins hit MLB-record 268th homer of season


Garver's ninth-inning power capped a sensational night time of slugging for Minnesota on Saturday night time, giving the Twins 268 house runs at the season - another than the New York Yankees hit final yr. Kyle Gibson wasn't sharp to start the game and couldn't take advantage of the early run support, but he eventually got back on his feet.

Carlos Santana belted a two-run homer in the first inning and Francisco Lindor did the same in the eighth for the Indians, who have lost five of the six meetings in the season series with Tampa Bay. Despite not being as sharp as he's been during the first half of the season, Gibby was the winning pitcher for the second consecutive start, which happened only for the second time since June 1.

Only certainly one of Minnesota's house runs got here with any individual on base, a two-run shot via Polanco within the 5th that made it Eight-Four.

The Twins are seeking their first division crown since 2010. Take the 2019 Minnesota Twins - how would they stack up against other well-known lineups in Major League Baseball history? Minnesota now has eight players with 20-plus home runs this season, the most by any team in major league history.

Ji-Man Choi homered to lead off the second inning and Travis d'Arnaud followed suit in the seventh for the Rays (79-58), who reside a percentage point behind Oakland (78-57) for the second wild card in the American League. The Twins started out aggressively and hitting three straight singles after getting a leadoff walk.

Kevin Newman hit one of three Pittsburgh home runs and finished with three hits, Bryan Reynolds and Jacob Stallings also had three hits, and the Pirates beat Colorado in Denver.

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Nelson Cruz was responsible for tying the record. Matthew Boyd (7-10) collected his first win since July 4, allowing five runs in six innings and striking out 11. Three of the seven batters he faced produced at bats of at least six pitches.

Cruz's homer made it 10-6, and the Twins went on to load the bases that inning, but Jose Cisnero struck out pinch-hitter Luis Arraez to end the threat.

In a year when home runs have become so common that some observers fear they are hurting the game, it's hard to put into perspective how far from the norm the home run explosion is by baseball's cherished historical standards.

Wilson Ramos continued his late-season surge by tying a career high with four hits for NY, who gained ground in the National League wild-card race with a win over host Philadelphia. Turnbull gave up six earned runs on the game along with three walks over 4.2 innings. With runners on the corners, he managed to catch a break, inducing an inning-ending ground ball double play.

Detroit scored a run in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back doubles by Dawel Lugo and Brandon Dixon. Victor Reyes had two hits during the outburst. That was when Ron Gardenhire pulled the plug on starter Edwin Jackson. "I know that I haven't seen many runs - any runs, really - that have been like this". The Tigers closed the gap to 6-2 in the bottom frame.

Strasburg (16-5) extended his win streak against the Marlins to 12 games. Tyler Duffey and Trevor May were simply lights-out, with Duffey coming up short of an immaculate inning (nine strikes on ten pitches).