Twins emerge from post-break lull to score 19 in win over Orioles
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins erupted for their biggest offensive output of the season on Monday night in a 19-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Twins fielders suffered through a 41-pitch first inning by Brian Duensing on Sunday, but that was nothing compared to what Orioles fielders endured Monday night.
Orioles righty Chris Tillman was unable to make it out of the first inning, allowing seven runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks. He trumped Duensing's 41-pitch effort Sunday by throwing 49 pitches and recording only two outs.
A two-out error by O's first baseman Mark Reynolds in the first inning opened the flood gates. Shortly after Joe Mauer's RBI single put the Twins up 1-0, Ryan Doumit hit a hard chopper to Reynolds' right that he was unable to come up. Two runs scored on the play, and three batters later -- after an RBI single by Brian Dozier -- Denard Span cleared the bases with a double to make it 7-0.
Mauer connected with a solo home run in the second inning off Miguel Socolovich.
Ben Revere drove home two in the third inning when his groundball up the middle skipped off the bag and off the hand of shortstop J.J. Hardy. Justin Morneau added an RBI double in the sixth, then scored on a sac fly by Doumit. Jamey Carroll also added an RBI single in the sixth for the Twins' 14th run.
The Twins scored four more in the eighth inning.
Each of the Twins' first six batters tallied at least two hits, led by the 4-for-5 performance by Morneau, who extended his hit streak to 14 games while raising his batting line to .257/.318/.450. Plouffe also extended a hit streak to 14 games. Revere singled three times, doubled and stole his 19th base of the season. Span drove in five runs on three hits.
With all of the run support, Scott Diamond picked a good night to allow five earned runs for the first time all season. Mark Reynold's three-run bomb in the top of the fifth inning was rather benign, considering it only cut Minnesota's lead to 11-5 at the time.
Diamond went six, allowing a season-high nine hits. He struck out three and walked one, and his ERA on the season still sits at 2.96.
The Twins' previous high for runs in a game at Target Field was 15 against the Brewers in 2010.
"We've been taking a few beatings lately," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's nice to be on this side of one where we actually banged the ball around, ran around the bases really good."
The error by Reynolds likely could have been ruled a hit, as he lunged to his right in an effort to make the play, but it was a chopper most first basemen field easily.
Had Reynolds completed the play, Tillman would have been out of the inning with only one run allowed.
26: Times reached base by the Twins via hit, walk or hit by pitch.
6: Home runs for Mauer.
4: Career home runs for Mauer at Target Field.
1: Incredible catch made in the first inning by Revere, who dove to snag a fly ball hit into the right field corner by Adam Jones. "I was kind of playing in the gap, usually against lefties," Revere said. "I saw in the scouting report, he likes to go to that right-center gap, so I was there, but he went down and got it, so the ball kind of tailed, kind of got in the sun a little bit, so I squinted my eyes and luckily I saw it, I dove and it landed in my glove."
2: Spectacular catches by Span, who made a sliding catch while sprinting in for a blooper in the fifth inning, and a leaping grab against the fence in the seventh on a long fly ball hit by Hardy. Which one did he rate as more difficult? "The J.J. one," Span said, "because I don't do that too often. Normally I get to the wall, and I get a little stage fright, a little scared. Sliding catches, I do that more often. So that was definitely one that I liked the best out of the two."
Pitching in his second game since coming off the disabled list, Matt Capps (shoulder) threw his fastball mostly between 90-91 mph and gave up a two-run homer to Endy Chavez in the top of the ninth inning.
"I told (Revere), I said, 'Hey, you're killing me out here, man.' Every time I tried to make a catch he turns around and dives and flips. He's killing me on the Web Gems. I can't let him do me like that. You've got to let the old man get in there once in a while."
Tuesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10 p.m. RHP Sam Deduno (0-0, 5.06) vs. LHP Zach Britton
Wednesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10 p.m. LHP Francisco Liriano (3-8, 4.93) vs. TBD
Thursday: vs. Orioles, 12:10 p.m. RHP Cole De Vries (2-2, 4.37) vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen (7-5, 3.80)