Twins hit 4 HRs, pound stumbling Mariners 11-6

SEATTLE (AP) Sometime during a fourth inning in which the Minnesota Twins sent 13 batters to the plate, their confidence really started to soar.

Viral video star C.J. Cron and Byron Buxton homered in an error-fueled outburst that included seven hits and 11 baserunners, sending Minnesota past the Seattle Mariners 11-6 on Thursday night for its third straight victory and eighth in 11 games.

''There's a contagious, positive energy that goes on'' in an inning like that, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''When you step to the plate, you're probably truly believing that you're going to get on base. I think it's something that happens when you have a good group. When you have a good offensive group, you have the opportunity to do that, whether it's a few batters or 13. That good energy is tangible and I think it's something that's very real.''

While starting pitcher Michael Pineda (3-3) was the biggest beneficiary of that energy in his return to Seattle, Cron was definitely happy to be at the heart of the Twins' win with a 4-for-5 effort a day after making an embarrassing error in a win against the Angels that went viral and had his teammates grinding on him all day.

''You have to poke fun at people,'' Cron said. ''It keeps the clubhouse loose. It keeps us having fun, more importantly. In order to win games, you have to have that team camaraderie, and I think we have a really good group of guys in here.''

That group started with Pineda on Thursday night.

The former Mariners right-hander struck out six with no walks and scattered five hits over seven innings, his longest outing of the season.

''He went deep, he threw strikes, he had that good slider we've talked about,'' Baldelli said. ''And truthfully, I think he had good life on his fastball. He commanded the ball very well. It was a great start.''

Pineda was hit hard occasionally, giving up three solo home runs, but had few concerns once that fourth inning got rolling with Cron's mammoth two-run homer to left field that was four rows from leaving the ballpark to make it 4-1. Cron's portion of the homer barrage helped the Twins reach 11 straight games with a home run - their longest streak in two years. They now have 80, third in the majors, and they've hit multiple homers in 21 of 42 games.

Leading 2-1 after solo home runs from Jason Castro and Max Kepler in the third against starter Erik Swanson (1-5), Minnesota put together its biggest inning of the season in the fourth.

Marwin Gonzalez followed Cron's homer with a single, and Miguel Sano's double put runners at second and third.

Castro then grounded to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion behind the bag. Instead of stepping on the base, Encarnacion made a quick, flat-footed throw home trying to get Gonzalez, but was off the mark and the error made it 5-1.

Buxton followed with a three-run homer for an 8-1 margin, ending Swanson's night after he gave up nine hits in three-plus innings.

Parker Markel hit Kepler with a pitch, then gave up a single to Jorge Polanco before the Mariners finally got the first out of the inning by nabbing Polanco as he tried to turn a poor relay throw from the outfield into another base.

Markel struck out Jonathan Schoop for the second out and should have been out of the inning when Cron hit a soft fly to center field. But Mallex Smith, recalled Thursday from Triple-A Tacoma, dropped the ball for Seattle's league-leading 49th error. Kepler scored to make it 9-1.

''Once we had those runs, Big Mike did nothing but shove,'' Cron said.

All of Seattle's runs came on homers. Smith hit a solo shot in the second, and Ryon Healy and J.P. Crawford connected for back-to-back solo drives in the fifth. It was the first home run with the Mariners for Crawford, one of the team's top prospects.

Daniel Vogelbach added a three-run homer in the eighth off reliever Tyler Duffey. The Mariners have scored 131 of their 246 runs, 53%, on their league-leading 87 home runs. But the errors - the Mariners lead the league with 49 - did them in again.

''We gave them six outs in that inning, and that really turned the game,'' manager Scott Servais said. ''You can't give a team like that that many free outs.''

CRUZ RETURNS

For the first time since signing with Minnesota, slugger Nelson Cruz made his return to T-Mobile Park to the delight of the Mariners, who miss the presence of their ebullient former teammate. Cruz did not play because of a recent wrist injury, but is expected in the lineup for the remaining three games of the series, with left-handed pitchers scheduled for Seattle. ''I hope he's not in our nap room,'' Servais joked. ''I might have to stop in there. He might be in there for all we know.''

Baldelli said he sees why Cruz was such a favorite in Seattle: ''He gets the clubhouse in a lot of ways to come together very, very well. It takes a special guy to do that.''

UP NEXT

Twins: LHP Martin Perez (5-1, 3.11 ERA) returns to the mound after his first loss of the season.

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (5-2, 3.18 ERA) looks to halt a two-game skid.

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SEA22-24
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  • W: M. Pineda (3-3)L: E. Swanson (1-5)
  • HR: MIN - J. Castro (7), C. Cron (10), B. Buxton (3), M. Kepler (9), SEA - D. Vogelbach (12), M. Smith (2), J. Crawford (1), R. Healy (7)
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C. Cron DH51421010.259.323.504.8269.5
M. Gonzalez 1B41100113.233.317.349.6662.5
M. Sano 3B51210014.400.400.8001.2005.5
J. Castro C52121003.246.358.6671.0258.0
B. Buxton CF52231022.282.338.519.8579.0
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    D. Gordon 2B40000000.296.327.394.7210.0
    M. Haniger RF41200010.237.325.508.8343.5
    E. Encarnacion 1B41100011.220.348.473.8211.5
    D. Vogelbach DH41131011.248.386.6151.0027.5
    D. Santana LF30000020.275.347.483.8300.0
    O. Narvaez C40100011.306.383.508.8910.5
    R. Healy 3B41111011.239.297.477.7745.5
    J. Crawford SS41111001.217.250.391.6416.0
    M. Smith CF41111001.168.254.277.5326.0
    E. Swanson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Sano 2 (2)
      • HR - M. Kepler (9), C. Cron (10), J. Castro (7), B. Buxton (3)
      • RBI - M. Kepler (20), J. Polanco (20), C. Cron 2 (25), M. Sano, J. Castro 2 (16), B. Buxton 3 (19)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Schoop, M. Sano 4 (4), B. Buxton 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Haniger (13)
      • HR - D. Vogelbach (12), R. Healy (7), J. Crawford, M. Smith (2)
      • RBI - D. Vogelbach 3 (26), R. Healy (25), J. Crawford, M. Smith (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Vogelbach, O. Narvaez, M. Smith
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Polanco (6)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - D. Santana (2)
      • E - E. Encarnacion, M. Smith (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Pineda (W, 3-3)7.05330635.551.3426.0
      T. Duffey2.03330114.321.320.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Pineda (W, 3-3)7.0
      T. Duffey2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Swanson (L, 1-5)3.09880348.041.44-11.5
      P. Markel1.02101109.003.500.5
      C. Sadzeck2.00000102.410.966.5
      A. Swarzak1.00000205.271.614.0
      Z. Rosscup1.02110203.211.931.0
      M. Wright1.03110108.461.93-0.5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Pineda (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 91-64, T. Duffey 28-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 4-11, T. Duffey 1-4
      • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 27, T. Duffey 9
      PITCHING
      • WP - Z. Rosscup (2)
      • HBP - P. Markel
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Swanson 64-44, P. Markel 31-19, C. Sadzeck 30-21, A. Swarzak 16-11, Z. Rosscup 19-14, M. Wright 28-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Swanson 4-2, P. Markel 1-1, C. Sadzeck 2-3, A. Swarzak 1-0, Z. Rosscup 1-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Swanson 18, P. Markel 7, C. Sadzeck 6, A. Swarzak 3, Z. Rosscup 5, M. Wright 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Kepler RF42111021.232.308.457.7657.0
      J. Polanco SS50210000.333.398.6171.0153.0
      J. Schoop 2B50000032.271.315.479.794-1.5
      E. Rosario LF52300000.258.293.534.8275.0
      C. Cron DH51421010.259.323.504.8269.5
      M. Gonzalez 1B41100113.233.317.349.6662.5
      M. Sano 3B51210014.400.400.8001.2005.5
      J. Castro C52121003.246.358.6671.0258.0
      B. Buxton CF52231022.282.338.519.8579.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. Gordon 2B40000000.296.327.394.7210.0
        M. Haniger RF41200010.237.325.508.8343.5
        E. Encarnacion 1B41100011.220.348.473.8211.5
        D. Vogelbach DH41131011.248.386.6151.0027.5
        D. Santana LF30000020.275.347.483.8300.0
        O. Narvaez C40100011.306.383.508.8910.5
        R. Healy 3B41111011.239.297.477.7745.5
        J. Crawford SS41111001.217.250.391.6416.0
        M. Smith CF41111001.168.254.277.5326.0
        E. Swanson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        C. Sadzeck P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        A. Swarzak P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        Z. Rosscup P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        M. Wright P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Sano 2 (2)
          • HR - M. Kepler (9), C. Cron (10), J. Castro (7), B. Buxton (3)
          • RBI - M. Kepler (20), J. Polanco (20), C. Cron 2 (25), M. Sano, J. Castro 2 (16), B. Buxton 3 (19)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco (11)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Schoop, M. Sano 4 (4), B. Buxton 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Haniger (13)
          • HR - D. Vogelbach (12), R. Healy (7), J. Crawford, M. Smith (2)
          • RBI - D. Vogelbach 3 (26), R. Healy (25), J. Crawford, M. Smith (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Vogelbach, O. Narvaez, M. Smith
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Polanco (6)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - D. Santana (2)
          • E - E. Encarnacion, M. Smith (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Pineda (W, 3-3)7.05330635.551.3426.0
          T. Duffey2.03330114.321.320.5
          Total9.0866074---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Pineda (W, 3-3)7.0
          T. Duffey2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Swanson (L, 1-5)3.09880348.041.44-11.5
          P. Markel1.02101109.003.500.5
          C. Sadzeck2.00000102.410.966.5
          A. Swarzak1.00000205.271.614.0
          Z. Rosscup1.02110203.211.931.0
          M. Wright1.03110108.461.93-0.5
          Total9.01611101104---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Swanson (L, 1-5)3.0
          P. Markel1.0
          C. Sadzeck2.0
          A. Swarzak1.0
          Z. Rosscup1.0
          M. Wright1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - M. Pineda (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 91-64, T. Duffey 28-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 4-11, T. Duffey 1-4
          • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 27, T. Duffey 9
          PITCHING
          • WP - Z. Rosscup (2)
          • HBP - P. Markel
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Swanson 64-44, P. Markel 31-19, C. Sadzeck 30-21, A. Swarzak 16-11, Z. Rosscup 19-14, M. Wright 28-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Swanson 4-2, P. Markel 1-1, C. Sadzeck 2-3, A. Swarzak 1-0, Z. Rosscup 1-0
          • Batters Faced - E. Swanson 18, P. Markel 7, C. Sadzeck 6, A. Swarzak 3, Z. Rosscup 5, M. Wright 6
          • 9TH INNING
            Sano doubled to left, Rosario scored, Cron to third116
          • 8TH INNING
            Vogelbach homered to right center, Haniger and Encarnacion scored106
            Polanco singled to deep left, Buxton scored103
          • 5TH INNING
            Crawford homered to right93
            Healy homered to center92
          • 4TH INNING
            Rosario safe at first on center fielder Smith fielding error, Kepler scored91
            Buxton homered to center, Sano and Castro scored81
            Castro reached on fielder's choice to first, Gonzalez scored, Sano to third on 1st baseman Encarnacion throwing error51
            Cron homered to left center, Rosario scored41
          • 3RD INNING
            Smith homered to center21
            Kepler homered to right20
            Castro homered to center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Mike Wright relieved Zac Rosscup
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Rosario singled to center
            • C. Cron: Cron singled to right, Rosario to second
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sano doubled to left, Rosario scored, Cron to third
            • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castro flied out to left
            • B. Buxton: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Buxton flied out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Duffey Pitching:
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy flied out to right
            • J. Crawford: Crawford grounded out to first
            • M. Smith: Smith flied out to left
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Zac Rosscup relieved Anthony Swarzak
            • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Castro grounded out to pitcher
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Buxton singled to left
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Buxton to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco singled to deep left, Buxton scored
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tyler Duffey relieved Michael Pineda
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon lined out to shortstop
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Haniger doubled to left
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion singled to left center, Haniger to third
            • D. Vogelbach: Vogelbach homered to right center, Haniger and Encarnacion scored
            • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • O. Narvaez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Narvaez lined out to center
            • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Anthony Swarzak relieved Connor Sadzeck
            • C. Cron: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second
            • M. Sano: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Narvaez singled to center
            • R. Healy: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
            • J. Crawford: Foul, Foul, Crawford reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Crawford to second, Narvaez out at second on shortstop Polanco throwing error
            • M. Smith: Smith flied out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Sadzeck Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Polanco flied out to left
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Schoop grounded out to second
            • E. Rosario: Rosario fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to deep right
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Vogelbach flied out to left
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Connor Sadzeck relieved Parker Markel
            • J. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to third
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kepler popped out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • R. Healy: Healy homered to center
            • J. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Crawford homered to right
            • M. Smith: Smith grounded out to second
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon grounded out to second
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Haniger fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • E. Swanson Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Rosario singled to right
            • C. Cron: Ball, Cron homered to left center, Rosario scored
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez singled to left
            • M. Sano: Ball, Sano doubled to deep left, Gonzalez to third
            • J. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro reached on fielder's choice to first, Gonzalez scored, Sano to third on 1st baseman Encarnacion throwing error
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Buxton homered to center, Sano and Castro scored
            • Parker Markel relieved Erik Swanson
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Kepler hit by pitch
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco singled to left, Kepler to third, Polanco out at second
            • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario safe at first on center fielder Smith fielding error, Kepler scored
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cron singled to right, Rosario to third
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez walked, Cron to second
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike looking, Sano reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gonzalez out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (7 Runs, 7 Hits, 2 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Vogelbach flied out to deep right
            • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana hit by pitch
            • O. Narvaez: Narvaez grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • E. Swanson Pitching:
            • J. Castro: Castro homered to center
            • B. Buxton: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Kepler homered to right
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Polanco flied out to deep left
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Crawford flied out to center
            • M. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Smith homered to center
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon flied out to left
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • E. Swanson Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rosario singled to deep right
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cron singled to left, Rosario out at third
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez reached on fielder's choice to second, Cron out at second
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Ball, Sano reached on fielder's choice to third, Gonzalez out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Santana flied out to deep right
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
            • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Healy flied out to deep center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • E. Swanson Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Kepler struck out on foul tip
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Polanco popped out to shortstop
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Schoop grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon flied out to center
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Haniger singled to right
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion fouled out to catcher
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)