Gonzalez and Buxton homer, Twins beat Rays 6-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Minnesota Twins started the new month like they ended the last one. Winning, with home runs leading the way.

Marwin Gonzalez and Byron Buxton both connected and drove in two runs as the Twins kept scoring, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Saturday.

Minnesota, which owns the best record in the majors at 39-18, has scored at least three runs in 25 straight games, setting a single-season franchise record.

''We expect a lot out of ourselves, so maybe we're a little ahead of where we thought we'd be,'' winner Kyle Gibson said. ''But I would say surprised probably isn't necessarily the right word. We had a pretty good feeling we were going to be pretty good.''

Minnesota, 10 1/2 games ahead of second-place Cleveland Indians in the AL Central, set single month records in May for homers (56) and runs (191) while going 21-8.

The Twins, who lead the majors with 108 homers, failed to go deep while splitting the first two games of the series at Tropicana Field.

''Their offense is leading all of baseball in many categories and there's a reason why ... they're balanced,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''Hitting the ball out of ballpark at the rate they are and not striking out shows they've got some really quality hitters.''

Gibson (6-2) allowed one unearned run and six hits over five innings.

Minnesota went up 2-1 on consecutive RBI doubles by Jorge Polanco and Gonzalez in the third off Yonny Chirinos (6-2).

After Buxton had an RBI single during the fourth, Gonzalez made it 4-1 on a fifth-inning solo shot.

The Twins took a 5-1 lead on Buxton's homer in the sixth off Hunter Wood.

Miguel Sano had an RBI double during the seventh to complete a stretch where Minnesota scored in five consecutive innings.

''I think a strength of ours is the kinds of hitters that we have and the adjustments that our guys do make as they go around the lineup,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Travis d'Arnaud had a run-scoring single in the second for the Rays.

Tampa Bay loaded the bases with two outs in the third but Gibson got a grounder from Christian Arroyo.

Arroyo hit a solo homer in the eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: DH Nelson Cruz, sidelined by a strained left wrist since May 14, is joining Class A Fort Myers for a short rehab stint.

Rays: Backup C Michael Perez (strained right oblique) could start a rehab assignment Sunday with Class A Charlotte. ... INF Yandy Diaz (bruised left hand) homered in an extended spring training game and might be reinstated from the 10-day IL Sunday.

ROSTER SHUFFLE

With Tampa Bay starting outfielders Tommy Pham (right calf cramp) and Avisail Garcia (hamstring) out of the lineup for the second straight game, 1B Nate Lowe was recalled from Triple-A Durham and reliever Adam Kolarek was optioned to the International League club.

PAGAN'S OK

Rays reliever Emilio Pagan said he has small bruise on the right cheek one day after having Jonathan Schoop's liner Friday night graze both a knuckle on the right hand and his face. Pagan was able to remain in the game.

DANGER ZONE

Tampa Bay's Brandon Lowe was taking his lead from third base in foul ground when he fell to the ground after being hit on the lower leg by Arroyo's foul ball in the third. Lowe stayed in the game.

UP NEXT

Twins RHP Jake Odorizzi (7-2) will go against Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough (4-1) in Sunday's series finale. Tampa Bay's plans to use an opener were changed due to a taxed bullpen.

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  • W: K. Gibson (6-2)L: Y. Chirinos (6-2)
  • HR: MIN - M. Gonzalez (6), B. Buxton (6), TB - C. Arroyo (1)
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J. Polanco DH51110024.335.405.586.9913.0
M. Gonzalez 1B51221013.244.317.383.7008.5
E. Rosario LF40200102.281.312.548.8592.0
M. Sano 3B50110034.213.309.617.9261.5
E. Adrianza SS50100023.253.343.402.7450.0
J. Schoop 2B51100014.261.319.489.8081.5
J. Castro C41300000.279.374.593.9675.0
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    A. Meadows LF50200000.355.430.6641.0952.0
    B. Lowe 2B50100012.276.330.526.8561.5
    K. Kiermaier CF50100022.243.308.441.7480.0
    J. Choi DH30000003.253.332.404.7351.0
    N. Lowe 1B31100112.263.310.316.6252.5
    C. Arroyo 3B41111014.231.286.423.7095.5
    W. Adames SS40200010.247.315.374.6891.5
    T. d'Arnaud C30110101.149.227.179.4063.0
    G. Heredia RF40000014.231.315.338.654-0.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Polanco (17), M. Gonzalez (7), M. Sano (4), J. Castro (6)
      • HR - M. Gonzalez (6), B. Buxton (6)
      • RBI - J. Polanco (28), M. Gonzalez 2 (19), M. Sano (10), B. Buxton 2 (31)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Buxton (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco 2 (2), M. Gonzalez 2 (2), M. Sano 2 (2), J. Schoop 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Lowe (13)
      • HR - C. Arroyo
      • RBI - C. Arroyo (5), T. d'Arnaud (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. d'Arnaud (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Choi, N. Lowe 2 (2), C. Arroyo 3 (3), G. Heredia 4 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - E. Rosario
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Schoop (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (d'Arnaud-Lowe)
      • E - C. Arroyo
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (W, 6-2)5.06101303.751.2216.5
      T. May1.00001103.601.352.5
      R. Harper1.13110211.900.930.0
      M. Magill0.20000101.351.050.5
      B. Parker1.00000001.860.983.0
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (W, 6-2)5.0
      T. May1.0
      R. Harper1.1
      M. Magill0.2
      B. Parker1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Chirinos (L, 6-2)5.19441713.250.95-0.5
      H. Wood1.23212111.761.24-2.5
      O. Drake1.00000202.080.924.0
      J. Alvarado1.01000203.091.463.0
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Chirinos (L, 6-2)5.1
      H. Wood1.2
      O. Drake1.0
      J. Alvarado1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Magill (2)
      • HBP - K. Gibson (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 88-59, T. May 20-11, R. Harper 21-18, M. Magill 9-6, B. Parker 6-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 6-6, T. May 1-1, R. Harper 2-0, B. Parker 1-2
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 23, T. May 4, R. Harper 7, M. Magill 2, B. Parker 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Chirinos 91-62, H. Wood 52-31, O. Drake 11-9, J. Alvarado 17-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Chirinos 4-4, H. Wood 1-4, O. Drake 1-0
      • Batters Faced - Y. Chirinos 25, H. Wood 11, O. Drake 3, J. Alvarado 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Kepler RF41000124.262.332.510.8421.0
      J. Polanco DH51110024.335.405.586.9913.0
      M. Gonzalez 1B51221013.244.317.383.7008.5
      E. Rosario LF40200102.281.312.548.8592.0
      M. Sano 3B50110034.213.309.617.9261.5
      E. Adrianza SS50100023.253.343.402.7450.0
      J. Schoop 2B51100014.261.319.489.8081.5
      J. Castro C41300000.279.374.593.9675.0
      B. Buxton CF31221111.262.321.512.8328.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        A. Meadows LF50200000.355.430.6641.0952.0
        B. Lowe 2B50100012.276.330.526.8561.5
        K. Kiermaier CF50100022.243.308.441.7480.0
        J. Choi DH30000003.253.332.404.7351.0
        N. Lowe 1B31100112.263.310.316.6252.5
        C. Arroyo 3B41111014.231.286.423.7095.5
        W. Adames SS40200010.247.315.374.6891.5
        T. d'Arnaud C30110101.149.227.179.4063.0
        G. Heredia RF40000014.231.315.338.654-0.5
        Y. Chirinos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        H. Wood P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        J. Alvarado P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Polanco (17), M. Gonzalez (7), M. Sano (4), J. Castro (6)
          • HR - M. Gonzalez (6), B. Buxton (6)
          • RBI - J. Polanco (28), M. Gonzalez 2 (19), M. Sano (10), B. Buxton 2 (31)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Buxton (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco 2 (2), M. Gonzalez 2 (2), M. Sano 2 (2), J. Schoop 4 (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Lowe (13)
          • HR - C. Arroyo
          • RBI - C. Arroyo (5), T. d'Arnaud (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - T. d'Arnaud (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Choi, N. Lowe 2 (2), C. Arroyo 3 (3), G. Heredia 4 (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - E. Rosario
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Schoop (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (d'Arnaud-Lowe)
          • E - C. Arroyo
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Gibson (W, 6-2)5.06101303.751.2216.5
          T. May1.00001103.601.352.5
          R. Harper1.13110211.900.930.0
          M. Magill0.20000101.351.050.5
          B. Parker1.00000001.860.983.0
          Total9.0921271---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Gibson (W, 6-2)5.0
          T. May1.0
          R. Harper1.1
          M. Magill0.2
          B. Parker1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Y. Chirinos (L, 6-2)5.19441713.250.95-0.5
          H. Wood1.23212111.761.24-2.5
          O. Drake1.00000202.080.924.0
          J. Alvarado1.01000203.091.463.0
          Total9.013653122---
          PITCHERSIP
          Y. Chirinos (L, 6-2)5.1
          H. Wood1.2
          O. Drake1.0
          J. Alvarado1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - M. Magill (2)
          • HBP - K. Gibson (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 88-59, T. May 20-11, R. Harper 21-18, M. Magill 9-6, B. Parker 6-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 6-6, T. May 1-1, R. Harper 2-0, B. Parker 1-2
          • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 23, T. May 4, R. Harper 7, M. Magill 2, B. Parker 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Chirinos 91-62, H. Wood 52-31, O. Drake 11-9, J. Alvarado 17-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Chirinos 4-4, H. Wood 1-4, O. Drake 1-0
          • Batters Faced - Y. Chirinos 25, H. Wood 11, O. Drake 3, J. Alvarado 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Arroyo homered to left center62
          • 7TH INNING
            Sano doubled to deep right, Polanco scored, Rosario to third61
          • 6TH INNING
            Buxton homered to left51
          • 5TH INNING
            Gonzalez homered to center41
          • 4TH INNING
            Buxton singled to center, Schoop scored, Castro to second31
          • 3RD INNING
            Gonzalez doubled to deep center, Kepler scored, Polanco to third21
            Polanco doubled to deep right, Castro scored, Kepler to third11
          • 2ND INNING
            d'Arnaud singled to left, Lowe scored, Adames to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jose Alvarado relieved Oliver Drake
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario singled to left
            • M. Sano: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Schoop lined out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Blake Parker relieved Matt Magill
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Meadows grounded out to first
            • B. Lowe: Foul, Ball, Lowe flied out to right
            • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier flied out to right
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • H. Wood Pitching:
            • J. Castro: Foul, Ball, Castro doubled to right
            • B. Buxton: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Buxton walked
            • Oliver Drake relieved Hunter Wood
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Kepler struck out on foul tip
            • J. Polanco: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Harper Pitching:
            • N. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Lowe struck out looking
            • C. Arroyo: Foul, Strike looking, Arroyo homered to left center
            • W. Adames: Adames singled to center
            • Matt Magill relieved Ryne Harper
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Adames to second on wild pitch, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud fouled out to first
            • G. Heredia: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • H. Wood Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Polanco safe at first on 3rd baseman Arroyo throwing error
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to deep right
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked, Polanco to second
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Sano doubled to deep right, Polanco scored, Rosario to third
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Adrianza flied out to center
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • Ryne Harper relieved Trevor May
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Meadows singled to right
            • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Lowe reached on fielder's choice to second, Meadows out at second
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Choi grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Schoop grounded out to third
            • Hunter Wood relieved Yonny Chirinos
            • J. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Castro popped out to shortstop
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Buxton homered to left
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kepler flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Trevor May relieved Kyle Gibson
            • C. Arroyo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Arroyo flied out to deep center
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
            • T. d'Arnaud: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, d'Arnaud walked
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Heredia grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Gonzalez homered to center
            • E. Rosario: Rosario singled to right center
            • M. Sano: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging, Rosario caught stealing second, catcher to second
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adrianza grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Meadows singled to right
            • B. Lowe: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Lowe flied out to center
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier singled to left, Meadows to second
            • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Choi fouled out to first
            • N. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Lowe flied out to deep right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Schoop singled to center
            • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Castro singled to shallow center, Schoop to third
            • B. Buxton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Buxton singled to center, Schoop scored, Castro to second
            • M. Kepler: Kepler popped out to shortstop
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Adames grounded out to shortstop
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, d'Arnaud grounded out to third
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia grounded out to third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Castro singled to left
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked, Castro to second
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Polanco doubled to deep right, Castro scored, Kepler to third
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez doubled to deep center, Kepler scored, Polanco to third
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Rosario popped out to second
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Meadows grounded out to second
            • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lowe doubled to left center
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Kiermaier lined out to center, Lowe to third
            • J. Choi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Choi hit by pitch
            • N. Lowe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Lowe walked, Choi to second
            • C. Arroyo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Arroyo grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Rosario lined out to center
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Ball, Sano grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Adrianza: Adrianza singled to left
            • J. Schoop: Schoop lined out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • J. Choi: Choi flied out to center
            • N. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Lowe singled to deep right
            • C. Arroyo: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arroyo struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Adames singled to shallow right, Lowe to third on 2nd baseman Schoop throwing error
            • T. d'Arnaud: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud singled to left, Lowe scored, Adames to second
            • G. Heredia: Heredia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, d'Arnaud out at second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Meadows flied out to left
            • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)