Twins pound out 17 hits in 15-3 win over Brewers
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Well, it looks like the Twins bats have emerged from a short hibernation.
Brewers starting pitcher David Bush was only able to retire one batter on Friday night, as the Twins used a seven-run first inning to propel themselves to a 15-3 victory. The Twins (25-17) pounded out 17 hits, including three each by Denard Span, Orlando Hudson, Justin Morneau, and Delmon Young.
Five Twins hitters drove in at least two runs, including Jason Kubel, who drove in four.
Joe Mauer was the only Twins hitter without a hit, although he walked twice and scored two runs.
Starting pitcher Nick Blackburn (5-1, 4.50) went 7 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits. He struck out two and walked one.
Former Twin Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4, including a mammoth three-run home run to the upper deck in left field off Blackburn in the eighth inning. Despite still trailing by 12 runs after the blast, Gomez soaked in the glory after crossing home plate.
Game two of this three-game series begins at 3:10 p.m. on Saturday, with Kevin Slowey (5-3, 4.70) scheduled to face Yovani Gallardo (4-2, 2.89).