Twins' Santana looks to stay hot versus Mariners


It was comparable to his forgettable start on May 23 in Washington, D.C., where he lasted just four innings, giving up 10 runs on 14 hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He had a chance to keep the Mariners in striking range against a shaky Kyle Gibson. Mitch Moreland, who hit a solo home run in the second inning, singled high off the Green Monster that sent Bogaerts to third. Sam Gaviglio will start game three and is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season.

-The Twins had 28 hits Tuesday, a new franchise record.

Every player in the Mariners' starting lineup had at least one hit Monday.

Rosario's last homer came in the eighth inning against backup catcher Carlos Ruiz, who pitched for the first time in his career.

A lot of us laughed when an off-season statistics calculation predicted the Minnesota Twins would win nearly 80 games this season, even though the franchise did almost nothing in the off-season to boost their roster, which lost more than 100 games last season.

The 28 hits set a record for a Mariners opponent. The previous high was 26, which came in a 22-10 loss to the Red Sox on August 15, 2015 at Fenway Park. Seattle won the series opener 14-3 on Monday.

Ben Gamel opened the game with a double, went to third on Robinson Cano's one-out single and scored on Nelson Cruz's grounder to second. Jarrod Dyson had a homer, a double and an RBI.

The game began to turn at that point.

The veteran righthander game up 12 hits, most by a Twins pitcher in one game since Ricky Nolasco in August 2014, and he left runners in scoring position in four innings. Vargas moved to third on Jason Castro's fly to deep center.

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The message got through as Gibson retired the next two batters on soft grounders. The first was inexplicable. An RBI single by Jorge Polanco chased Bergman.

Rosario then crushed Bergman's next pitch for a 410-foot homer to right.

"Things got away from us".

Rosario homered three times: two two-run homers and a solo shot.

Lawrence then gave up a homer to Brian Dozier, and the Twins' lead was 11-3. Joe Mauer's two-run double to left-center off Gallardo in the bottom of the first inning tied the game at 2.

Molitor finished the visit by patting Gibson on the behind and the right-hander was able to get the final two outs of the inning without surrendering another run.

Back and forth, forth and back - it's one of the reasons why I continue to maintain they're not quite good enough to end their 15-year playoff drought, projecting them to go 81-81 before the season started.

Eduardo Escobar led the Twins 28-hit attack, going 5 for 5 with two RBIs as the Twins set a team record for hits - a season high for Major League Baseball - and the teams combined for a record number of hits (42) in Target Field. Mariners RHP Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to throw three innings or 45 pitches Wednesday as he rehabs with Class-A Modesto. It will be his first game action since being diagnosed with inflammation in his shoulder after a May 3 start against the Los Angeles Angels...plans call for shortstop Jean Segura to take regular batting practice Wednesday for the first time since suffering a high right ankle sprain on a slide at second base in a June 1 game against Colorado.