Minnesota hammers 7 HRs, pounds Padres 16-0

Minnesota Twins’ Eddie Rosario, left, is congratulated by Byron Buxton after Rosario’s two-run home run off San Diego Padres relief pitcher Jose Valdez in the fourth inning on Tuesday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo)
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Brian Dozier served notice last season when he hit 42 home runs. Miguel Sano showed his power this year at the All-Star Home Run Derby.

The rest of the Minnesota Twins are showing they can hit the ball over the fence as well.

Jason Castro homered twice, Dozier was a double from the cycle and Minnesota pounded the San Diego Padres 16-0 on Tuesday night.

The Twins hit a season-high seven home runs, setting a Target Field record for most homers in a game, to back another strong start from Kyle Gibson (10-10). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Twins set a major league record by homering in each of the first seven innings with Jorge Polanco, Eddie Rosario, Eduardo Escobar and Kennys Vargas adding to the total.

“It’s fun. It’s loud. There wasn’t too many cheapies,” Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said of the record-setting streak. “We’ve had a nice season as far as power and the balance is spread out.”

Eight players have hit double-digit homers this season for the Twins, who maintained their hold on the second wild card spot in the American League. Castro’s two homers gave him nine this season.

Dozier led off the bottom of the first with his 30th of the season to the opposite field. He became the first second baseman since Dan Uggla from 2007-11 to reach 30 homers in consecutive seasons and just the fifth Minnesota player to do so.

“Hitting’s contagious,” Dozier said. “I know that’s kind of a boring answer for you, but it is. Especially nights like tonight when you kind of get a comfortable lead, everyone gets more comfortable in the box. You feed off one another. It was a good night.”

Minnesota’s surge back into contention after slipping in July has been driven by one of the league’s best offenses. The Twins are second in the majors in runs scored since the All-Star break and have averaged 6.15 runs per game since the start of August, despite Sano and his 28 home runs out of the lineup since Aug. 20.

Travis Wood (3-6) surrendered nine runs and nine hits in 2 1/3 innings for San Diego, which had won three of its past four games. 



PHOENIX (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez, heating up for the stretch run after a subpar season at the plate, homered twice and Colorado won its sixth in a row.

Gonzalez drove in all four Colorado runs in his first multihomer game in 13 months and is batting .451 (14 for 31) in September.

Jon Gray (8-4) gave up two runs and scattered seven hits over seven solid innings, striking out 10 with no walks and a hit batter for the Rockies, who won their eighth straight road game to pull within three games of Arizona for the first NL wild card.



ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager hit homers to lead Seattle past Texas in a matchup of wild card hopefuls.

Texas (72-72) and Seattle (72-73) have split the first two games of their four-game series. The Rangers dropped three games behind Minnesota for the American League’s second wild card, while the Mariners remained 3 1/2 back after the Twins also won.

Marco Gonzales (1-1), traded from St. Louis to Seattle on July 21, got his first victory in six starts for the Mariners.