Twins hit 5 more homers off Orioles in 9-2 win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Baltimore's pitching staff kept the Minnesota Twins in the ballpark - for five innings. Then it was back to normal for the Orioles.

Minnesota hit five home runs for the second straight day, including a pair by Max Kepler in a 9-2 rout of the Orioles on Saturday.

C.J. Cron, Jason Castro and Marwin Gonzalez also homered for the Twins, who have 21 home runs against the Orioles this year while going 5-0. Minnesota's high for homers in a season against Baltimore is 22 in 1962 and 1964.

Baltimore has given up 69 homers in 28 games, a pace that projects to 399 for the season. St. Louis is second in home runs allowed with 51.

Cron's two-run homer on a full-count put the Twins up 3-2 in the sixth.

''We just had a really bad pitch with two bases open and two switch-hitters on deck that turned the tide of the game,'' Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. ''It's just stuff these guys are going to have to be able to learn - to navigate through a lineup and understand who's on deck and who can hurt me and who can't.''

Cron battled through an eight-pitch at-bat before connecting on a slider for his fifth home run.

''I think I missed a few pitches I probably should have hit earlier in the count,'' Cron said. ''But, it was good to see what he had kind of, and the longer the at-bat drew out, the better I felt up there. Just a good pitch to hit and thankfully I put a good swing on it.''

Kepler had four RBIs to help back Jose Berrios (4-1), who allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. Trevor May pitched a perfect seventh, Taylor Rogers struck out the side in a one-hit eighth, and Adelberto Mejia pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

''I think we have a nice balance of different types of hitters in our lineup that are seemingly complementing each other really well right now,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''There's no guarantees that anything like this, or anything similar to it, is going to last, anyway. But, when you do have runs like this, it's nice and you appreciate them as you see them.''

Paul Fry (0-1) lost in relief of Dan Straily, who lowered his ERA from 8.59 to 6.75 by allowing an unearned run and three hits in four innings.

Kepler hit a sacrifice fly in the third, but Baltimore built a 2-1 lead on RBI singles by Rio Ruiz in the fourth and Hanser Alberto in the fifth.

Kepler had a two-run drive off Tanner Scott in the seventh. Jimmy Yacabonis gave up three home runs in the eighth.

Gonzalez stopped an 0-for-19 skid with his second home run this season, a solo drive. Jason Castro added a two-run homer in the eighth and Kepler connected two pitches later.

In Friday's series-opening 6-1 win, Nelson Cruz, Eddie Rosario and Cron hit consecutive homers.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RF Trey Mancini, who leads the AL in hits, left for a pinch runner in the first inning after hitting a bloop single to shallow right-center. Earlier in the at-bat, he hit a ball off his finger. ''I definitely lucked out there,'' Mancini said. ''I hit it straight off my finger -- it didn't get bat at all. That's why I kind of tried to play it off a little bit, because I knew if I gave them time to review it, it's a strikeout right there, so I just tried to stay up there and one-arm something. I knew I was going to have to come out of the game after that. But yeah, luckily nothing is broken or anything like that, so that's good news.''

Twins: RF Willians Astudillo is expected to be placed on the injured list with left hamstring tightness, the team said. Astudillo was removed with left hamstring tightness after scoring on Kepler's fly. ''When I tagged from third base, halfway through the third base line I kind of pulled it a little bit,'' Astudillo said through a translator. ... CF Byron Buxton was not in the starting lineup after fouling a ball off his left leg Friday night. He entered as a defensive replacement to start the eighth, then walked in the bottom half and stole second.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (0-3, 6.56 ERA) starts the series finale on Sunday. He has allowed 25 hits and 10 walks in 23 1/3 innings.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (1-0, 6.10 ERA) picked up his first victory in his last start, also against Baltimore, allowing two runs in six innings. He did not walk a batter, after walking eight in his first three starts.

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  • W: J. Berrios (4-1)L: P. Fry (0-1)
  • HR: MIN - M. Gonzalez (2), J. Castro (2), C. Cron (5), M. Kepler 2 (6)
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R. Ruiz 3B40210011.250.347.345.6922.5
J. Rickard CF40100011.213.276.388.6630.5
C. Davis 1B40000023.145.221.290.511-1.0
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    J. Polanco SS50100001.341.396.6371.0331.0
    N. Cruz DH51200011.314.422.6001.0223.5
    E. Rosario LF-CF-LF40000002.263.307.663.9700.0
    C. Cron 1B41221000.250.288.487.7748.0
    M. Gonzalez 3B-LF-3B41111022.164.228.260.4885.0
    W. Astudillo RF11100000.327.340.531.8702.0
    E. Adrianza 3B00000100.161.250.161.4112.0
    B. Buxton CF01000100.268.325.465.7894.0
    J. Schoop 2B40000006.266.318.506.8240.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Nunez (5)
      • RBI - H. Alberto (7), R. Ruiz (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Alberto (6), R. Ruiz (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Smith, R. Nunez, R. Ruiz, C. Davis 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Cruz (5)
      • HR - M. Kepler 2 (6), C. Cron (5), M. Gonzalez (2), J. Castro (2)
      • SF - M. Kepler
      • RBI - M. Kepler 4 (15), C. Cron 2 (14), M. Gonzalez (5), J. Castro 2 (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler (8), J. Castro 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, N. Cruz, J. Schoop 4 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - S. Wilkerson
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Buxton (6)
      FIELDING
      • E - D. Straily
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Straily4.03101306.751.669.5
      P. Fry (L, 0-1)2.02220214.051.05-2.0
      T. Scott0.01221017.112.53-4.0
      J. Yacabonis2.04441036.321.60-3.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Straily4.0
      P. Fry (L, 0-1)2.0
      T. Scott0.0
      J. Yacabonis2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (W, 4-1)6.07220802.970.9723.0
      T. May (H, 4)1.00000203.381.314.0
      T. Rogers (H, 5)1.01000302.131.503.5
      A. Mejia1.00000106.551.453.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (W, 4-1)6.0
      T. May (H, 4)1.0
      T. Rogers (H, 5)1.0
      A. Mejia1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Yacabonis
      • HBP - P. Fry
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Straily 89-55, P. Fry 45-29, T. Scott 8-2, J. Yacabonis 44-25
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Straily 2-8, P. Fry 1-3
      • Batters Faced - D. Straily 17, P. Fry 9, T. Scott 2, J. Yacabonis 11
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Berrios
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 101-70, T. May 11-7, T. Rogers 17-11, A. Mejia 17-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 1-9, T. May 1-0, A. Mejia 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 25, T. May 3, T. Rogers 4, A. Mejia 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      T. Mancini RF10100000.355.405.6181.0231.0
      H. Alberto PR-2B30210000.299.314.358.6723.0
      D. Smith LF40000023.278.330.505.835-1.0
      R. Nunez DH41100022.287.339.515.8542.0
      R. Ruiz 3B40210011.250.347.345.6922.5
      J. Rickard CF40100011.213.276.388.6630.5
      C. Davis 1B40000023.145.221.290.511-1.0
      S. Wilkerson 2B-RF41100020.188.188.375.5633.0
      P. Severino C30000031.231.302.487.790-1.5
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      P. Fry P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        M. Kepler CF-RF42242010.263.333.525.85813.5
        J. Polanco SS50100001.341.396.6371.0331.0
        N. Cruz DH51200011.314.422.6001.0223.5
        E. Rosario LF-CF-LF40000002.263.307.663.9700.0
        C. Cron 1B41221000.250.288.487.7748.0
        M. Gonzalez 3B-LF-3B41111022.164.228.260.4885.0
        W. Astudillo RF11100000.327.340.531.8702.0
        E. Adrianza 3B00000100.161.250.161.4112.0
        B. Buxton CF01000100.268.325.465.7894.0
        J. Schoop 2B40000006.266.318.506.8240.0
        J. Castro C32121111.214.389.464.8538.5
        J. Berrios P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        T. May P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        T. Rogers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        A. Mejia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Nunez (5)
          • RBI - H. Alberto (7), R. Ruiz (10)
          • 2-Out RBI - H. Alberto (6), R. Ruiz (4)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Smith, R. Nunez, R. Ruiz, C. Davis 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Cruz (5)
          • HR - M. Kepler 2 (6), C. Cron (5), M. Gonzalez (2), J. Castro (2)
          • SF - M. Kepler
          • RBI - M. Kepler 4 (15), C. Cron 2 (14), M. Gonzalez (5), J. Castro 2 (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Kepler (8), J. Castro 2 (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco, N. Cruz, J. Schoop 4 (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - S. Wilkerson
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Buxton (6)
          FIELDING
          • E - D. Straily
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Straily4.03101306.751.669.5
          P. Fry (L, 0-1)2.02220214.051.05-2.0
          T. Scott0.01221017.112.53-4.0
          J. Yacabonis2.04441036.321.60-3.0
          Total8.01098355---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Straily4.0
          P. Fry (L, 0-1)2.0
          T. Scott0.0
          J. Yacabonis2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Berrios (W, 4-1)6.07220802.970.9723.0
          T. May (H, 4)1.00000203.381.314.0
          T. Rogers (H, 5)1.01000302.131.503.5
          A. Mejia1.00000106.551.453.5
          Total9.08220140---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Berrios (W, 4-1)6.0
          T. May (H, 4)1.0
          T. Rogers (H, 5)1.0
          A. Mejia1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Yacabonis
          • HBP - P. Fry
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Straily 89-55, P. Fry 45-29, T. Scott 8-2, J. Yacabonis 44-25
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Straily 2-8, P. Fry 1-3
          • Batters Faced - D. Straily 17, P. Fry 9, T. Scott 2, J. Yacabonis 11
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Berrios
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 101-70, T. May 11-7, T. Rogers 17-11, A. Mejia 17-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 1-9, T. May 1-0, A. Mejia 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 25, T. May 3, T. Rogers 4, A. Mejia 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Kepler homered to right center29
            Castro homered to right center, Buxton scored28
            Gonzalez homered to right center26
          • 7TH INNING
            Kepler homered to right, Castro scored25
          • 6TH INNING
            Cron homered to left center, Cruz scored23
          • 5TH INNING
            Alberto singled to right center, Wilkerson scored21
          • 4TH INNING
            Ruiz singled to shallow right, Nunez scored11
          • 3RD INNING
            Kepler hit sacrifice fly to left, Astudillo scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Adalberto Mejia relieved Taylor Rogers
            • J. Rickard: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rickard popped out to shortstop
            • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis grounded out to second
            • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Wilkerson struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Byron Buxton in center field
            • Taylor Rogers relieved Trevor May
            • H. Alberto: Ball, Alberto singled to shallow right center
            • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ruiz struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Yacabonis Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cron flied out to center
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez homered to right center
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Buxton walked
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Buxton stole second, Foul, Schoop flied out to center
            • J. Castro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Buxton to third on wild pitch, Foul, Castro homered to right center, Buxton scored
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler homered to right center
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco singled to shallow right center
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cruz lined out to right
            • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Trevor May relieved Jose Berrios
            • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Wilkerson struck out swinging
            • P. Severino: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Severino struck out swinging
            • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Villar grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tanner Scott relieved Paul Fry
            • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro walked
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Kepler homered to right, Castro scored
            • Jimmy Yacabonis relieved Tanner Scott
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Polanco lined out to right
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz popped out to second
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rosario flied out to left
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Nunez lined out to center
            • R. Ruiz: Foul, Ruiz singled to shallow center
            • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Rickard fouled out to catcher
            • C. Davis: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • P. Fry Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Cruz doubled to right
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rosario flied out to deep center, Cruz to third
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cron homered to left center, Cruz scored
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Adrianza hit by pitch
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Schoop flied out to right
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Wilkerson reached on an infield single to first
            • P. Severino: Strike swinging, Wilkerson stole second, Strike looking, Strike looking, Severino struck out looking
            • J. Villar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
            • H. Alberto: Foul, Ball, Foul, Alberto singled to right center, Wilkerson scored
            • D. Smith: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Paul Fry relieved Dan Straily
            • J. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler lined out to center
            • J. Polanco: Polanco grounded out to third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Ehire Adrianza at third base
            • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Alberto grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Smith: Strike looking, Smith flied out to center
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Nunez doubled to deep right center
            • R. Ruiz: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nunez to third on wild pitch, Ruiz singled to shallow right, Nunez scored
            • J. Rickard: Ball, Foul, Ball, Rickard singled to right center, Ruiz to third
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Straily Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Cruz singled to deep left
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rosario lined out to right
            • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron singled to right, Cruz to second
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Adrianza walked, Cruz to third, Cron to second
            • J. Schoop: Schoop reached on fielder's choice to third, Cron out at third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wilkerson flied out to deep left
            • P. Severino: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Severino struck out swinging
            • J. Villar: Ball, Villar popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Straily Pitching:
            • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Astudillo singled to deep left
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Schoop popped out to first
            • J. Castro: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Castro reached on fielder's choice to second, Astudillo to third, Castro to second on Straily throwing error
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler hit sacrifice fly to left, Astudillo scored
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Polanco flied out to deep right
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • R. Ruiz: Foul, Ruiz popped out to third
            • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
            • C. Davis: Davis flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Straily Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Rosario lined out to center
            • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cron popped out to shortstop
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez fouled out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Villar flied out to left
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mancini singled to shallow right center
            • Hanser Alberto ran for Trey Mancini
            • D. Smith: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith flied out to center
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Straily Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco flied out to deep right
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)