Cruz hit 2 of Twins' 5 homers in 6-1 win over Orioles

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) By adding Nelson Cruz, C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop in the offseason, the Minnesota Twins envisioned a lineup with more power.

A month into the season, Minnesota is fulfilling that promise.

Cruz hit two of the Twins' five home runs off Baltimore in a 6-1 win over the Orioles on Friday night.

Cruz, Eddie Rosario and Cron hit consecutive home runs in the first inning off Alex Cobb (0-2), with Cruz and Rosario connecting on back-to-back pitches. Max Kepler homered off Cobb in the fourth, and Cruz homered against Gabriel Ynoa in the fifth.

''It's been fun,'' Cruz said. ''But everything starts with the pitching. That's the key.''

Martin Perez (3-0) gave up one run and six hits in six innings for Minnesota.

''I threw a lot of cutters in,'' said Perez, who also faced the Orioles in his previous outing. ''They (didn't) make any adjustments to that pitch. That's why I threw a lot of cutters in and up, and changeups down and away.''

Cruz had his second multihomer game this season after going deep twice last weekend in Cobb's previous start. The Twins scored 26 runs and hit 11 homers - three off Cobb - in a three-game sweep at Baltimore last weekend.

The Orioles have allowed 64 home runs in 27 games. No other major league team had given up more than 46 entering Friday.

Cobb allowed five runs - four earned - and six hits in four innings, giving up four homers in a game for the first time. His ERA actually dropped from 11.88 to 10.95.

''I'm just leaving so many balls up in the zone right now,'' Cobb said. ''They're putting a lot of barrels to the ball, and they're going out of the ballpark. So, I've got to figure out a way to get the ball down and more to my spots than I'm doing right now.''

Dwight Smith Jr. singled in a run for Baltimore in the sixth.

Trey Mancini had three hits for the Orioles. Mancini has hit safely in eight straight games and entered the day leading the AL in hits.

''What I love about Trey is he just uses the whole field,'' Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. ''Two rockets to right field tonight. I just think he's so tough to pitch to because he's so strong and he's not one-sided. He drives the ball to all parts of every field.''

RED HOT ROSIE

Rosario has 11 homers, all since April 6, and 22 RBIs in his last 17 games.

MEANS TO STICK IN ROTATION

Hyde said LHP John Means will remain in the starting rotation for now as the team works through decisions with its starting staff in the near future. Hyde said David Hess, who has started five games this season with a 5.88 ERA, was going to be available out of the bullpen.

Hyde indicate isn't a permanent move for Hess, but the team is still trying to decide how to approach the schedule. Means has started three of his past four games and gave up one run in five innings to beat the White Sox in his last outing.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Matt Magill (right shoulder tendinitis) was activated from the injured list. Minnesota sent RHP Chase De Jong outright to Triple-A Rochester. ... Manager Rocco Baldelli said Miguel Sano (cut right heel) homered in an extended spring training game. Baldelli said Sano is not yet ready to begin a rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Following an extra day of rest, RHP Jose Berrios (3-1, 2.97 ERA) starts Saturday against the Orioles, who counter with RHP Dan Straily (1-1, 8.59). Berrios gave up a season-high four runs in six innings at Baltimore on April 20. Straily opposed Berrios in that last outing, yielding three runs in five innings.

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MIN14-9
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  • W: M. Perez (3-0)L: A. Cobb (0-2)
  • HR: MIN - N. Cruz 2 (5), C. Cron (4), E. Rosario (11), M. Kepler (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Villar 2B41200100.282.352.427.7804.0
T. Mancini 1B-RF50300012.349.400.6151.0153.5
R. Nunez DH40000015.289.343.515.858-0.5
D. Smith LF20110100.290.343.527.8704.0
J. Rickard CF30000024.211.277.395.672-1.0
a- R. Ruiz PH-1B00000100.238.340.338.6781.0
H. Alberto 3B40100005.281.299.344.6421.0
J. Sucre C40000031.210.269.242.511-1.5
S. Wilkerson RF-CF40100001.167.167.417.5831.0
R. Martin SS40000012.161.235.210.445-0.5
A. Cobb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
G. Ynoa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Castro P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-walked for Rickard in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Kepler RF41211002.250.329.447.7777.0
J. Polanco SS40000003.349.406.6631.0690.0
N. Cruz DH42322011.308.423.6001.02312.5
E. Rosario LF42111002.275.320.6921.0127.0
C. Cron 1B31111001.236.276.444.7216.0
a- W. Astudillo PH-1B10100000.313.327.521.8481.0
M. Gonzalez 3B40000001.159.227.217.4440.0
M. Garver C30100101.400.442.8751.3172.0
J. Schoop 2B40100022.280.333.533.8670.0
B. Buxton CF40000024.268.316.465.781-1.0
M. Perez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Harper P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Magill P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. May P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Romero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-singled for Cron in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Mancini (11)
  • RBI - D. Smith (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini 2 (2), J. Rickard 2 (2), H. Alberto 5 (5), R. Martin
BATTING
  • HR - M. Kepler (4), N. Cruz 2 (5), E. Rosario (11), C. Cron (4)
  • RBI - M. Kepler (11), N. Cruz 2 (15), E. Rosario (24), C. Cron (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler (7), N. Cruz (6), E. Rosario (2), C. Cron (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco 2 (2), E. Rosario, M. Garver, B. Buxton 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Rickard
  • PB - J. Sucre (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Gonzalez-Schoop-Cron)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Cobb (L, 0-2)4.065412410.951.86-3.0
G. Ynoa3.14110111.691.134.5
M. Castro0.200002010.222.111.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Cobb (L, 0-2)4.0
G. Ynoa3.1
M. Castro0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Perez (W, 3-0)6.06110404.441.5923.0
R. Harper1.00000102.450.913.5
M. Magill0.21002100.004.50-2.5
T. May (H, 3)0.10000003.721.450.0
F. Romero1.01001209.001.602.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Perez (W, 3-0)6.0
R. Harper1.0
M. Magill0.2
T. May (H, 3)0.1
F. Romero1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 81-53, G. Ynoa 53-33, M. Castro 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 6-5, G. Ynoa 5-4
  • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 20, G. Ynoa 14, M. Castro 2
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Perez
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 96-64, R. Harper 15-9, M. Magill 26-13, T. May 5-4, F. Romero 21-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 4-9, R. Harper 2-0, T. May 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Perez 24, R. Harper 3, M. Magill 5, T. May, F. Romero 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Villar 2B41200100.282.352.427.7804.0
T. Mancini 1B-RF50300012.349.400.6151.0153.5
R. Nunez DH40000015.289.343.515.858-0.5
D. Smith LF20110100.290.343.527.8704.0
J. Rickard CF30000024.211.277.395.672-1.0
a- R. Ruiz PH-1B00000100.238.340.338.6781.0
H. Alberto 3B40100005.281.299.344.6421.0
J. Sucre C40000031.210.269.242.511-1.5
S. Wilkerson RF-CF40100001.167.167.417.5831.0
R. Martin SS40000012.161.235.210.445-0.5
A. Cobb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
G. Ynoa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Castro P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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HITTERSAB
J. Villar 2B4
T. Mancini 1B-RF5
R. Nunez DH4
D. Smith LF2
J. Rickard CF3
a- R. Ruiz PH-1B0
H. Alberto 3B4
J. Sucre C4
S. Wilkerson RF-CF4
R. Martin SS4
A. Cobb P0
G. Ynoa P0
M. Castro P0
Total34
  • a-walked for Rickard in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Kepler RF41211002.250.329.447.7777.0
J. Polanco SS40000003.349.406.6631.0690.0
N. Cruz DH42322011.308.423.6001.02312.5
E. Rosario LF42111002.275.320.6921.0127.0
C. Cron 1B31111001.236.276.444.7216.0
a- W. Astudillo PH-1B10100000.313.327.521.8481.0
M. Gonzalez 3B40000001.159.227.217.4440.0
M. Garver C30100101.400.442.8751.3172.0
J. Schoop 2B40100022.280.333.533.8670.0
B. Buxton CF40000024.268.316.465.781-1.0
M. Perez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Harper P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Magill P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. May P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Romero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-singled for Cron in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Mancini (11)
  • RBI - D. Smith (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini 2 (2), J. Rickard 2 (2), H. Alberto 5 (5), R. Martin
BATTING
  • HR - M. Kepler (4), N. Cruz 2 (5), E. Rosario (11), C. Cron (4)
  • RBI - M. Kepler (11), N. Cruz 2 (15), E. Rosario (24), C. Cron (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler (7), N. Cruz (6), E. Rosario (2), C. Cron (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco 2 (2), E. Rosario, M. Garver, B. Buxton 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Rickard
  • PB - J. Sucre (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Gonzalez-Schoop-Cron)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Cobb (L, 0-2)4.065412410.951.86-3.0
G. Ynoa3.14110111.691.134.5
M. Castro0.200002010.222.111.0
Total8.01065155---
PITCHERSIP
A. Cobb (L, 0-2)4.0
G. Ynoa3.1
M. Castro0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Perez (W, 3-0)6.06110404.441.5923.0
R. Harper1.00000102.450.913.5
M. Magill0.21002100.004.50-2.5
T. May (H, 3)0.10000003.721.450.0
F. Romero1.01001209.001.602.0
Total9.0811380---
PITCHERSIP
M. Perez (W, 3-0)6.0
R. Harper1.0
M. Magill0.2
T. May (H, 3)0.1
F. Romero1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 81-53, G. Ynoa 53-33, M. Castro 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 6-5, G. Ynoa 5-4
  • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 20, G. Ynoa 14, M. Castro 2
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Perez
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 96-64, R. Harper 15-9, M. Magill 26-13, T. May 5-4, F. Romero 21-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 4-9, R. Harper 2-0, T. May 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Perez 24, R. Harper 3, M. Magill 5, T. May, F. Romero 5
  • 6TH INNING
    Smith singled to right, Villar scored, Mancini to second16
  • 5TH INNING
    Cruz homered to right06
  • 4TH INNING
    Kepler homered to right05
  • 3RD INNING
    Gonzalez safe at first on right fielder Rickard fielding error, Rosario scored, Gonzalez to second04
  • 1ST INNING
    Cron homered to left03
    Rosario homered to center02
    Cruz homered to center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Fernando Romero relieved Trevor May
    • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
    • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Wilkerson singled to right
    • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Martin lined out to right
    • J. Villar: Ball, Wilkerson to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Villar walked
    • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mancini struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Matt Magill relieved Ryne Harper
    • J. Villar: Villar lined out to left
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mancini doubled to center
    • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
    • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smith walked
    • Rio Ruiz hit for Joey Rickard
    • R. Ruiz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ruiz walked, Mancini to third, Smith to second
    • Trevor May relieved Matt Magill
    • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Alberto reached on fielder's choice to third, Ruiz out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Willians Astudillo hit for C.J. Cron
    • W. Astudillo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Astudillo singled to center
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez flied out to left
    • M. Garver: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garver singled to center, Astudillo to second
    • Miguel Castro relieved Gabriel Ynoa
    • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • B. Buxton: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Buxton struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Ryne Harper relieved Martin Perez
    • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
    • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wilkerson grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Martin: Ball, Martin grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Ynoa Pitching:
    • M. Kepler: Kepler singled to center
    • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco flied out to center
    • N. Cruz: Ball, Kepler to second on passed ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
    • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rosario grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Villar singled to center
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mancini singled to shallow right, Villar to third
    • R. Nunez: Foul, Nunez flied out to right
    • D. Smith: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Smith singled to right, Villar scored, Mancini to second
    • J. Rickard: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
    • H. Alberto: Alberto flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Ynoa Pitching:
    • M. Garver: Garver flied out to right
    • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Schoop grounded out to third
    • B. Buxton: Buxton popped out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • H. Alberto: Ball, Alberto singled to shallow left
    • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Sucre flied out to center
    • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Wilkerson reached on fielder's choice to third, Alberto out at second
    • R. Martin: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Gabriel Ynoa relieved Alex Cobb
    • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz homered to right
    • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rosario grounded out to first
    • C. Cron: Ball, Cron grounded out to third
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Villar reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • T. Mancini: Mancini singled to shallow right, Villar to second
    • R. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to second, Foul, Ball, Foul, Nunez grounded into double play third to second to first, Villar to third, Mancini out at second
    • D. Smith: Foul, Ball, Smith hit by pitch
    • J. Rickard: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cobb Pitching:
    • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Buxton grounded out to second
    • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler homered to right
    • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco lined out to center
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
    • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Wilkerson popped out to first
    • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Martin lined out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cobb Pitching:
    • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Cruz singled to shallow right
    • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Rosario reached on fielder's choice to first, Cruz out at second
    • C. Cron: Strike looking, Cron grounded out to second, Rosario to second
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez safe at first on right fielder Rickard fielding error, Rosario scored, Gonzalez to second
    • M. Garver: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garver grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • D. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Smith lined out to left
    • J. Rickard: Ball, Rickard flied out to deep right
    • H. Alberto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Alberto lined out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cobb Pitching:
    • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garver walked
    • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Schoop singled to left, Garver to second
    • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
    • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler lined out to center
    • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Villar lined out to right
    • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mancini grounded out to second
    • R. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cobb Pitching:
    • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Ball, Kepler grounded out to first
    • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco grounded out to pitcher
    • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz homered to center
    • E. Rosario: Rosario homered to center
    • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron homered to left
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez lined out to right
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)