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Twins open with eight consecutive hits, roll past Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Ben Revere stood in the on-deck circle waiting for his second at-bat of the first inning and watched as pitcher Carl Pavano went for a major league-record ninth straight hit to start the game.

"He tried to break it," Revere said, chuckling. "He was hacking. I loved it."

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Pavano struck out swinging.

That was about the only pitch from Madison Bumgarner they missed.

Revere had two hits and two RBI to highlight an eight-run first inning, and the surging Twins tied a major-league record by opening with eight consecutive hits in a 9-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

"We got hits. We got plenty of hits. And they kept coming," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Luke Hughes had a two-run single to help chase Bumgarner (3-9) before some fans even found their seats at cozy AT&T Park. The left-hander recorded only one out.

Pavano (5-5) scattered nine hits in eight innings to help Minnesota win its eighth straight. The Giants have lost five in a row and fell a half-game behind Arizona for first in the NL West.

Minnesota's blazing start was as swift as it was stunning.

In the first eight batters, each single was followed by a double. The hard-hit pitches came early in the count -- 22 of Bumgarner's 25 pitches were for strikes -- and were sprayed in every direction.

Joe Mauer, Michael Cuddyer, Delmon Young and Danny Valencia also had run-scoring hits in the opening inning. If not for Pavano batting in the NL park, Minnesota's streak might have continued.

After Revere followed Pavano with a double, Bumgarner was replaced by Guillermo Mota, who tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings and hit a double. Bumgarner's night last all of about 15 minutes.

"It was pretty pathetic," he said.

About the only bright spots for the defending World Series champions came far too late: Eli Whiteside hit a home run in the seventh and Emmanuel Burriss hit an RBI single in the eighth to snap the San Francisco's 0-for-31 skid with runners in scoring position.

Pavano admitted he didn't have his best stuff -- but he didn't need it.

"They were a little anxious," he said. "They're trying to get the lead back. Eight runs is a big deficit. You tend to try to do too much, which worked in my favor."

Bumgarner's ERA for what was by far the worst start of his career was 216.00, and his season ERA went from 3.21 to 4.06 after starting the game with the third-worst run support in the NL. No matter who starts, the Giants have scored eight runs or more in only five games all season.

So it was basically over before a Giants player came to the plate.

Alexi Casilla also hit a home run the ninth for the Twins. Not that they needed any extra support.

The last major-league team to start a game with eight consecutive hits was the Chicago Cubs against Pittsburgh on Sept. 8, 2009, according to information the Elias Sports Bureau provided to the Giants. The Twins also were the first American League team to open with eight consecutive hits since the New York Yankees did it against Baltimore on Sept. 25, 1990.

"That's a first for me to see it quite go like that," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's hard to do. Madison's been throwing the ball so well, and even though he's off it's still hard to do. I don't care if you're throwing batting practice out there.

"We just couldn't stop it."

Notes

  • Giants LHP Barry Zito threw a two-hit shutout in a rehab start for Triple-A Fresno against Salt Lake.
  • Bochy and Gardenhire have been friends since they were teammates for the New York Mets' former Triple-A affiliate in Tidewater, Va., from 1981-82. Bochy even rented Gardenhire's house in the summer of 1992 while managing Double-A Wichita. "He overcharged me," Bochy said, chuckling. "He still won't pay me back."
  • Twins 1B Justin Morneau will have a cast removed from his left wrist on Friday or Saturday.
  • Twins closer Joe Nathan was scheduled to throw one inning on Tuesday and Wednesday for Triple-A Rochester.
 
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Twins batters set a major league record with eight consecutive hits in the first inning against Madison Bumgarner. (AP)
Twins batters set a major league record with eight consecutive hits in the first inning against Madison Bumgarner. (AP)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

A. Casilla
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Minnesota

C. Pavano
IP 8.0
H 9
ER 2
BB 0
K 2
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF5122000 .269
Alexi Casilla, 2B5221020 .268
Joe Mauer, C5121002 .220
    Drew Butera, PR-C0000000 .176
Michael Cuddyer, RF4111111 .280
Delmon Young, LF5121001 .254
Danny Valencia, 3B5121003 .221
Luke Hughes, 1B5122024 .264
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS4110000 .200
Carl Pavano, P4000034 .000
    Jose Mijares, P0000000 .000
Totals42914918  
Batting
2B - Ben Revere (3, Bumgarner), Alexi Casilla (10, Bumgarner), Joe Mauer (2, Romo), Michael Cuddyer (13, Bumgarner), Danny Valencia (13, Bumgarner), Tsuyoshi Nishioka (3, Bumgarner)
HR - Alexi Casilla (2, Romo)
RBI - Ben Revere 2 (7), Alexi Casilla (15), Joe Mauer (6), Michael Cuddyer (29), Delmon Young (20), Danny Valencia (33), Luke Hughes 2 (9)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Nishioka-Casilla-Hughes
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carl Pavano (W,5-5) 8922021 4.05
Jose Mijares 1000000 4.24
Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 103-73, Jose Mijares 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 14-7, Jose Mijares 1-2
Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 32, Jose Mijares 3
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF3000003 .231
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
    Chris Stewart, C1000000 .167
Miguel Tejada, SS4110002 .221
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4010000 .286
Aubrey Huff, 1B2020000 .246
    Emmanuel Burriss, 1B2011001 .260
Cody Ross, LF-CF4000004 .264
Nate Schierholtz, RF4000011 .250
Bill Hall, 2B4010010 .227
Eli Whiteside, C3121001 .207
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   a- Aaron Rowand, PH1000000 .243
Madison Bumgarner, P0000000 .167
    Guillermo Mota, P1010000 .200
   b- Pat Burrell, PH-LF2000000 .221
Totals3529202  
a-grounded out for Romo in the 9th
b-grounded out for Mota in the 5th
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (14, Pavano), Guillermo Mota (1, Pavano)
HR - Eli Whiteside (2, Pavano)
RBI - Emmanuel Burriss (3), Eli Whiteside (5)
2-OUT RBI - Emmanuel Burriss (1), Eli Whiteside (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hall-Huff
E - Pablo Sandoval (2, Misplayed grounder), Miguel Tejada (8, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner (L,3-9) 0.1988010 4.06
Guillermo Mota 4.2300030 3.89
Santiago Casilla 2000120 1.50
Jeremy Affeldt 1000010 3.86
Sergio Romo 1211011 2.38
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 25-22, Guillermo Mota 61-38, Santiago Casilla 30-16, Jeremy Affeldt 7-7, Sergio Romo 25-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Guillermo Mota 5-6, Santiago Casilla 3-1, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, Sergio Romo 1-2
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 10, Guillermo Mota 17, Santiago Casilla 7, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Sergio Romo 6
Game Information
Attendance - 41958
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Jim Reynolds