By Dave Campbell
AP Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched seven shutout innings for Boston to outduel Minnesota ace Jose Berrios, and the Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six straight games with a 2-0 victory over the Twins on Monday night.
Porcello (5-6) allowed only four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts, just his third start out of 15 this season with seven or more innings completed. He threw eight scoreless innings to beat Oakland on April 30.
Berrios (8-3) struck out 10 batters in a season-most eight innings, with five hits and no walks allowed. An RBI single by J.D. Martinez in the first was the only run he allowed. Xander Bogaerts gave the Red Sox insurance with an RBI double in the ninth, but Ryan Brasier didn’t need it. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning for his seventh save in 10 attempts, returning from a six-game absence for bereavement/family medical emergency leave.
The Red Sox (40-34), who opened defense of their World Series title by starting 9-15, moved a season-high six games above .500 by handing the highest-scoring team in the major leagues its second shutout of the year. The Twins (47-24) have their fifth two-game losing streak of the season. They’ve yet to lose three in a row.
Berrios made quick work of the Red Sox, after allowing three straight singles to start the game. Andrew Benitendi, who was scratched from the lineup the day before at Baltimore because of a sore left quadriceps muscle, tried to turn his drive off the right field wall into a double but was thrown out by Marwin Gonzalez. Martinez followed with his liner to left that gave the Red Sox the lead.
Berrios retired 19 straight batters until a two-out single by Bogaerts in the seventh, with four strikeouts in a row in one stretch. That included Jackie Bradley Jr. to finish the fifth, on a 77 mph curveball that froze the left-hander when it broke hard across the zone. Berrios also fanned reigning AL MVP Mookie Betts looking to end his night and match his season-high strikeout total.
Porcello was cruising, too. He gave up a double to Nelson Cruz in the first inning, and C.J. Cron just missed a home run with his double that bounced beneath the flower beds off the tall wall in right-center in the seventh, but the Twins didn’t really threaten until the eighth against Colten Brewer.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Martín Maldonado found a formal-yet-fun way to honor the dads in his life.
The Royals catcher celebrated Father’s Day by wearing a blue necktie on his chest protector and had three hits to lift Kansas City over the Minnesota Twins 8-6 Sunday.
Maldonado scribbled the names of his dad, brother, family and close friends on the tie, along with “Happy Father’s Day” at the bottom. Pittsburgh Pirates backstop Elias Diaz wore the same tie in a game against Atlanta, which was provided by equipment manufacturer All-Star.
“Just wanted to do something different for the fathers out there, family members, friends,” Maldonado said. “Something to wear for them.”
Maldonado was all business at the plate. He drove in two runs, one with a single during a three-run second inning and another with a double in the eighth.
Jorge López (1-6) pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief, giving up four hits, including a solo homer by Nelson Cruz in the seventh.
Ian Kennedy allowed an RBI double by Max Kepler but struck out Cruz with two runners on to record his seventh save in nine chances. Cruz believed he had checked his swing on the strikeout.
“The check swing calls are, honestly, some of the more difficult calls you’re going to see in the game,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Obviously, we didn’t like the call, but I find them challenging. It was probably close but something we would prefer to go our way based on everything we saw. But it happens.”
Jorge Bonifacio added two hits and two RBIs for the Royals, who had lost three of four. Kansas City was tied or leading in the eighth inning in three of the previous four matchups against the Twins this season but had lost all four games before hanging on Sunday.
“We’ve been right there in every game with them, a hit away really,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Finally, to get over little bit of a hump and get a win with them, especially on getaway day was good.”
Martín Pérez (7-3) surrendered five runs — four earned — in 6 2/3 innings for Minnesota. Kepler had four hits and Miguel Sanó homered, but the Twins left the bases loaded three times and were 4 of 18 with runners in scoring position.
Cruz had a two-run double in the eighth, but Wily Peralta entered and retired three in a row to strand two runners.
“The biggest thing is that we’re in first place,” Sanó said. “We can lose one game if we’re going to win five, seven games. This is the best team I’ve seen in my life, and we don’t have any pressure about anything. We’re really good.”
The Twins committed two errors on Sunday and have 10 during the first six games of their nine-game homestand. They had 32 errors heading into homestand.
“Nothing really came easy today,” Baldelli said. “It was not our sharpest effort. If you look at each one of those plays, they’re plays we want to make and we have to make going forward but they’re not the easiest of plays.”
Minnesota had its third straight sellout, the first time it’s sold out three straight home games since 2011 when it had six in a row.
The weekend included Joe Mauer’s number retirement ceremony on Saturday and drew a total of 117,051 fans. It’s the most for a three-game series in Minnesota since it had 117,156 in 2015 with the Chicago Cubs in town.
Royals: 3B Hunter Dozier (right oblique strain) will start a rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Monday. Yost said Dozier would start at Double-A and then leave with his wife expecting a baby later this week. He would return to his rehab at Triple-A Omaha next weekend.
Twins: OF Byron Buxton was out of the lineup for the second straight day after being hit in the wrist by a pitch Friday night. Baldelli said Buxton was available and that the team was being cautious. Baldelli said before the game that he wasn’t sure if Buxton would be swinging a bat at all Sunday.
Royals: The road trip continues as LHP Danny Duffy (3-3, 4.38 ERA) starts a three-game series Monday in Seattle. Duffy is coming off his longest outing of the season when he went seven innings with a season-high seven strikeouts in a no-decision against Detroit.
Twins: RHP José Berrios (8-2, 3.01) starts on Monday as Minnesota begins a three-game series against Boston. Berrios has allowed one earned run in three of his past four starts. The Red Sox will start RHP Rick Porcello (4-6, 4.69).
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kayla McBride scored seven of her 22 points in a 14-3 closing run and the Las Vegas Aces overcame a sloppy start and beat the Minnesota Lynx 80-75 on Sunday.
Kelsey Plum scored 21 points, including a career-high tying five 3-pointers. Liz Cambage scored eight of her 14 points in the fourth quarter and A’ja Wilson finished with 13 points for Las Vegas (4-3).
Cambage made a layup, McBride and Kelsey Plum hit consecutive 3-pointers and Cambage made two free throws that gave Las Vegas its first lead, 74-72, with 2:01 to play. Neither team scored again until Cambage hit two foul shots with 44.7 seconds remaining and McBride sandwiched four free throws around a three-point play by Minnesota’s Damiris Dantas.
Dantas tied her career high with 22 points for the Lynx (4-5), who have lost four in a row and five of six.
The Aces committed eight of their 16 turnovers in the game’s first seven-plus minutes as Minnesota jumped out to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter.
Plum, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, has set season highs for scoring in each of the last two games. After scoring 35 combined points in the first games this season, Plum has 40 points on 16-of-27 shooting while hitting 8 of 13 from 3-point range in wins over the New York Liberty (Friday) and Minnesota.
By Pat Borzi
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz and C.J. Cron supplied the power for the team that leads the majors in home runs.
But utility infielder Ehire Adrianza supplied the hustle and the spark in the decisive six-run sixth as the Minnesota Twins topped the Seattle Mariners 10-5 on Thursday.
Cruz, who played for the Mariners from 2015-18 before signing with the Twins as a free agent, had three RBIs on a solo homer and a two-run single, the latter in the big sixth inning. Cruz and Adrianza each had three hits, with Adrianza keying the big rally, delivering a hit-and-run single and eventually dashing home on a ground ball against a drawn-in infield.
“Adrianza did a really nice job that whole inning all the way around,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.
Max Kepler led off the sixth with a walk before Adrianza, with Kepler running, singled him to third. Mariners right-hander Brandon Brennan, on in relief, threw wildly past first trying to pick off Adrianza. Kepler scored and Adrianza took second on the throwing error.
Adrianza advanced on Brennan’s wild pitch and scored on a ground ball by Jason Castro with the infield in, sliding headfirst to beat second baseman Dee Gordon’s throw.
“In that situation, you have to be ready,” said Adrianza, who bunted for a hit in the second and has reached base in 17 consecutive games, a career high. “When I got to third, Tony (third base coach Tony Diaz) told me, you’re going on contact. I was trying to get a pretty good lead and read the swing. I thought I did a pretty good job with it.”
Four more runs followed as the Twins batted around, Cruz and Kepler each drove in two with singles. Four of the six runs in the inning were charged to Brennan (2-6), who faced seven batters in the three-game series without retiring any of them. Brennan said he has been pitching through mid-back fatigue that affected his command.
“He’s not feeling great,” said Seattle manager Scott Servais. “He was good to go today. Coming out of the game, he was a little bit frustrated. He’s getting looked at to see where he’s at going forward. I hope he is. He just hasn’t been sharp probably the last three, four times out.”
Seattle lost for the 24th time in 33 games and is 16-41 since its 13-2 start.
Cruz gave the Twins a 1-0 lead in the third with his fifth home run in seven games, a line drive into the lower seats in left. That was the only run allowed in five innings by Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi, a Japanese left-hander who lost his previous three starts.
“We know we can hit homers, but that’s not the only way we can score runs,” Cruz said. “Today was a hit-and-run and score from third with the infield in. It’s a real exciting team to be a part of.”
Twins starter Michael Pineda, facing the team that signed him out of the Dominican Republic in 2005, limited Seattle to two hits in 5 2/3 innings and left the game with two on and a 1-0 lead.
Seattle’s Daniel Vogelbach, coming off a career-high four-hit game on Wednesday, singled against Twins reliever Ryne Harper to tie it, the run charged to Pineda.
Harper (2-0), a 30-year-old rookie who pitched into the seventh, was the beneficiary of the Twins’ rally.
Cron hit his 15th homer in the seventh for the Twins, who lead the majors with 132. Jorge Polanco’s single in the sixth-inning rally gave him a career-high 14-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the majors.
Seattle’s Mallex Smith extended his hitting streak to a career-high-tying 12 games with a single in the eighth, when the Mariners scored twice. The Mariners added two more runs in the ninth.
Before the game, the Twins recalled right-handed reliever Francisco Romero from Triple-A Rochester and optioned Ryan Eades to the same club. Eades threw 35 pitches over 1 2/3 innings in Wednesday night’s 10-inning loss.
Twins: Reliever Taylor Rogers (stiff back) did not pitch for the third consecutive game but warmed up in the ninth.
Mariners: Marco Gonzalez (6-6, 4.77 ERA), who ended a six-game losing streak by winning his previous start in Anaheim, draws the start Friday as the M’s road trip continues with three games in Oakland.
Twins: Kyle Gibson (6-3, 4.14 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series with Kansas City. In his previous start, he gave up five runs in a loss at Detroit.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Kia Nurse and Asia Durr provided the offensive spark to help the New York Liberty beat the Minnesota Lynx 75-69 on Wednesday night.
Nurse scored 26 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and Durr added a career-high 20.
“Total team effort with a balanced scoring effort and getting key stops defensively allowed us to get the win,” Nurse said. “We’re continuing to find ways to win, playing with a lot of passion and that will allow you to go far in this league. We just need to continue to close it out.”
New York had a 10-point lead heading into the fourth quarter that Minnesota whittled down to 61-58 before Nurse hit a 3-pointer. That sparked a 10-4 run and made it 71-62. The Lynx rallied within four, but Durr made a spectacular move, splitting two defenders and scoring with 20 seconds left to seal the win.
“I was just trying to make a play. The shot clock was going down,” Durr said. “I didn’t want to turn the ball over. Make a move and try to score.”
The No. 2 pick in the draft said she was hearing from coach Katie Smith to shoot the ball more and she did.
Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Minnesota (4-3), which has dropped three of its last four games. Fowles was happy that the team was able to rally from a 15-point deficit in the first half, but the team still needs to work on its end-game.
“Coming back is part of the game,” Fowles said. “Finishing and doing what we need to do is something different and we’re not executing right now.”
The win was the second straight for New York, which had a 17-game losing streak before Sunday’s victory over Las Vegas.
New York used a 14-2 run spanning the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second quarter to turn a 9-8 lead into a 13-point advantage. Durr was a big part of that spurt as the rookie surpassed her previous career-high of 12 points before halftime. She finished the opening 20 minutes with 14 points as New York led 38-28 at the break.
SOLID DEFENSE: Amanda Zahui B. had another strong defensive effort for the Liberty with two blocks and two steals to go along with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
“What she’s been able to do on the defensive end, having the energy, she’s been the glue for us this year,” said Tina Charles of her teammate.
MILESTONES: Fowles moved into the top 20 on the WNBA career scoring list, passing Taj McWilliams-Franklin in the first quarter for 20th. The Lynx star has 5,025 points.
TRAINING ROOM: Liberty forward Rebecca Allen broke the third metacarpal bone in her right hand in practice on Tuesday. She’s out at least three weeks. Allen was wearing a soft cast. … Minnesota guard Seimone Augustus traveled with the team and is still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on her right knee on May 30. She’s out indefinitely. She was charged with a technical foul from the bench early in the fourth quarter. … Lynx rookie Jessica Shepard wasn’t with the team after tearing the ACL in her right knee. She will miss the remainder of the season and have surgery once the swelling on the knee goes down.
DETROIT (AP) — The way Jake Odorizzi is pitching, the Minnesota Twins know they won’t need many runs to win games.
Sunday, they took care of that in a hurry.
Nelson Cruz homered for the fourth straight game and the Twins connected four times in all to rout the Detroit Tigers 12-2.
“The way Jake is pitching this season, it puts the opposition in a very tough spot,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. “They know that if we score any runs at all, we’re going to be in great shape.”
With a big lead, Odorizzi (9-2) cruised through six innings, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out eight, most with his baffling fastball movement, and has given up just one run in his past 22 1/3 innings.
“I was able to move it up and down in the zone and pretty much spot it anywhere I wanted,” he said.
Odorizzi isn’t giving away his secrets, and with 78 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings, hitters don’t seem close to figuring them out.
“I’m not a hitter, so I don’t know what they are seeing,” he said. “I just know that I’m going to take this as far as I can.”
Unsurprisingly, Minnesota’s early offense was provided by Cruz, a longtime Tigers nemesis. He hit a two-run homer in the first, and connected in all three games in Detroit.
Cruz has 14 regular-season homers at Comerica Park, tying Alex Gordon for the most by an active visiting player. Cruz has played 47 games in Detroit against Gordon’s 96, and he has also homered in each of his three postseason games at the ballpark.
“Nelson has a unique ability to impact the ball, and an equally unique ability to put the barrel on pitches in every zone,” Baldelli said. “That’s why he’s one of the best hitters of his generation.”
Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario also homered for the Twins. Minnesota hit eight homers while winning two of three in Detroit and remain on pace to become the first major league team to hit 300 home runs.
“The best part about pitching for these guys is that they never give the opposing pitch a breath,” Odorizzi said. “As soon as they let someone on base, they have to think about giving up a two-run homer.”
The Tigers have lost 13 of their last 15 at Comerica Park.
“This can be difficult and it can be draining,” outfielder Nicholas Castellanos said. “But there are lessons to be learned from this. The game ain’t easy and it ain’t fun.”
Ryan Carpenter (1-3) was tagged for eight runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He was the first Tigers pitcher to allow eight runs and 10 hits in fewer than four innings since Anibal Sanchez on Aug. 8, 2017.
“We had a good game plan and I went out and attacked their hitters,” he said. “I just wasn’t able to execute my pitches.”
The Twins took the lead after two batters when Jorge Polanco singled and scored on Mitch Garver’s double. Cruz followed with a two-run homer to give the Twins three runs before Carpenter had recorded an out.
“You’ve got to play mistake-free baseball to beat them, and today wasn’t our day for that,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “They jumped us early and kept pounding away.”
Detroit got a run in the bottom of the first when Castellanos grounded into a double play with runners at the corners.
Sano hit Carpenter’s first pitch of the fourth over the right-center field scoreboard to make it 4-1, and Polanco added a sacrifice fly before Rosario’s RBI single ended Carpenter’s day. C.J. Cron then made it 8-1 with a two-run double off Austin Adams.
Cruz’s RBI single in the fifth gave the Twins an eight-run lead, and Buxton hit a two-run homer off Carlos Torres to make it 11-1 in the sixth.
The Tigers put two runners on in the sixth, but Castellanos took off on a routine fly to right with one out. He was doubled off second while watching from third base.
“I took a secondary lead, and when I saw the way (Brandon Dixon) swung at it, I thought it would drop and I could score,” he said.
Twins: LHP Adalberto Mejia (calf) continues to work out with Class A Fort Myers, but has yet to appear in a game.
Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (elbow) began a rehab stint for Class A Lakeland on Saturday, allowing two runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Both teams are off on Monday. The Twins return home to begin a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, while the Tigers will play three games against the Kansas City Royals. The third game will take place in Omaha and will be the first major league game played in Nebraska.
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By Steve Herrick
CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit two of Cleveland’s four home runs and the Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Lindor hit a solo home run in the third and broke a 1-all tie with a two-run homer in the fifth. Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers added back-to-back homers in the seventh.
The Indians have struggled offensively, but at least for one night out-hit the Twins 6-5. Minnesota leads the AL in runs, homers and batting average.
Minnesota came into the game with best record in baseball and holds a 10 ½-game lead over Cleveland in AL Central.
Shane Bieber (5-2) gave up solo homers to Marwin Gonzalez in the second and Eddie Rosario in the sixth. He allowed two runs and struck out seven in seven-plus innings.
Bieber was pulled after Byron Buxton reached on Lindor’s fielding error to start the eighth. Oliver Perez struck out Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Nelson Cruz. Brad Hand hit Mitch Garver with one out in the ninth, but got Gonzalez to bounce into a game-ending double play. Hand picked up his 17th save in 17 opportunities.
Rookie left-hander Devin Smeltzer (0-1) gave up all four homers in his second major league start. Smeltzer allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Lindor, who missed the first three weeks because of calf and ankle injuries, doubled in the seventh and walked in the first.
Rosario moved into a tie for the AL lead with his 18th home run. Jorge Polanco, who ranks second in the league in batting, was 1 for 3 for a .336 average. Cruz played for the first time since May 12 when he strained his left wrist, and was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
Smeltzer, a 23-year-old left-hander, pitched six scoreless innings against Tampa Bay in his major league debut last week. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer when he was nine years old. The cancer went into full remission when in 2012. Smeltzer was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 and acquired by the Twins last season for second baseman Brian Dozier.
Twins: RHP Michael Pineda (right knee tendinitis) is on track to be activated off the 10-day injured list after he becomes eligible on Thursday.
Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (strained muscle in upper back) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Columbus. … RHP Jefry Rodriguez (strained shoulder) is on the 10-day IL and will be shut down for two to three weeks.
Twins: LHP Martín Pérez (7-2, 3.71 ERA) has allowed 24 earned runs in 23 2/3 career innings against Cleveland, posting a 1-2 record and 9.13 ERA in six appearances.
Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-6, 4.98 ERA) has lost three consecutive starts. His last victory was on May 14, when he threw seven scoreless innings against the White Sox.
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN — The Minnesota Twins announced Monday night that they have selected infielder Keoni Cavaco from Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, CA with the 13th overall selection in the first round of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Cavaco, who turned 18 years old this past Sunday, just completed his high school career at Eastlake High School. At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Cavaco becomes the first player from Eastlake High School to be drafted in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft since Adrián González was the first overall pick by the Florida Marlins in 2000.
Cavaco was named to the 2019 Preseason California Region All-High School Senior First Team, was named a 2018 High School Underclassmen All-American High Honorable Mention and was ranked the No. 1 high school player in the state of California by Perfect Game.
Since 2001, the Twins have selected a high school position player 14 times in the first round (includes compensation and competitive balance picks), including: Joe Mauer (2001), Denard Span (2002), Trevor Plouffe (2004), Aaron Hicks (2008), Byron Buxton (2012), Alex Kirilloff (2016) and Royce Lewis (2017). Additionally, the Twins have selected a position player in the first round seven times since 2011, with Tyler Jay (2015) and Kohl Stewart (2013) being the only pitchers taken in the last nine years.
Cavaco also becomes the 15th player taken by the Twins from California in the first round of the draft, joining Travis Lee (San Diego State University, 1996), Plouffe (Crespi Carmelite High School, 2004), Chris Parmelee (Chino Hills High School, 2006), Hicks (Woodrow Wilson High School, 2008) and Lewis (JSerra Catholic High School, 2017).
This year marks the fourth time in Twins history they have had the 13th overall selection in the MLB Draft, doing so in 1995 (LHP Mark Redman), 1985 (RHP Jeff Bumgarner) and 1975 (INF Rick Sofield).
Since the 2001 Draft, 17 of the Twins first round selections have reached the major leagues and four have made appearances for the Twins this season, including Stewart (4th overall in 2013), Byron Buxton (2nd overall in 2012), José Berríos (32nd overall in 2012) and Kyle Gibson (22nd overall in 2009).
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jake Odorizzi got a little extra enjoyment from his latest win.
Odorizzi pitched six scoreless innings to lower his AL-best ERA to 1.96, and the Minnesota Twins held off the Tampa Bay Rays for a 9-7 victory Sunday.
The right-hander, who went 40-37 with the Rays from 2013-17, took the mound as an opponent for the first time at Tropicana Field.
“I’d be lying if I wasn’t more excited for this game than maybe some other ones just because I spent so much time here,” Odorizzi said. “They were great to me when I was here. It wasn’t one of those things where it was fueled by hate, it was just fueled by a lot of excitement.”
Odorizzi (8-2) gave up three hits and struck out nine in winning his eighth straight decision. The 29-year-old, who departed with a 7-0 lead, has not allowed a run in six of his last seven starts.
“Jake was great, again,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.
Minnesota rebounded from a 14-3 loss Thursday night to take the final three games of the series, running baseball’s best record to 40-18. It’s the fastest Minnesota has reached 40 wins.
The Twins will play 16 games within the AL Central through the rest of the month, starting with a three-game series at Cleveland beginning Tuesday night. Minnesota has an 11½-game lead over the Indians and Chicago White Sox.
“It don’t change who we are,” Twins center fielder Byron Buxton said. “We’ve just got to go out there and keep playing the ball that we’re playing, play aggressive and keep having fun.”
The Rays used a five-run seventh to get within two.
“That was encouraging,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “Hopefully we can carry that over because it’s been fairly quiet.”
Kevin Kiermaier had a run-scoring infield hit and Austin Meadows drove in a pair with a single off Matt Magill.
Brandon Lowe picked up another a run-scoring infield single against Ryne Harper, with a second run scoring on second baseman Jonathan Schoop’s throwing error.
Blake Parker replaced Harper, who faced one batter, and struck out Willy Adames looking on a 3-2 pitch with two runners on.
After Schoop hit a two-run homer in the eighth, Christian Arroyo belted a two-run shot in the bottom half off Parker to make it 9-7.
Taylor Rogers struck out the side for his fifth save.
C.J. Cron had a three-run double during a four-run fifth off Ryan Yarbrough (4-2), helping the Twins open a 7-0 lead.
Minnesota extended its franchise single-season record of scoring three-or-more runs to 26 consecutive games.
Yarbrough gave up seven runs and 10 hits over seven innings as Tampa Bay used a traditional starter for the second consecutive game instead of an opener due in part to a taxed bullpen.
“That is one way he helps, he got us deep in the ballgame,” Cash said. “We didn’t have to use a bunch of guys so we should be in a pretty good spot as far as the bullpen and the freshness.”
Buxton had two hits and scored twice. He also made a nifty play in the third when he went back to warning track to catch Yandy Díaz’s drive and then threw to first to double up Austin Meadows.
“You run out of superlatives for the guy,” Baldelli said.
Twins: DH Nelson Cruz (strained left wrist) went 1 for 3 in his second game with Class A Fort Myers and could be back Tuesday.
Rays: OFs Tommy Pham (right calf cramp) and Avisaíl García (hamstring) were both out of the lineup for the third straight game but likely will start Tuesday.
Twins: C Mitch Garver (high left ankle strain) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and had an RBI single
Rays: Díaz (bruised left hand) returned from the 10-day IL. … Reliever Jose Alvarado went on the family emergency leave list.
Marwin Gonzalez played right field for the Twins in his fourth different starting position during the series.
“He’s like a one-man stress reliever,” Baldelli said.
Gonzalez also started at third, shortstop and first base.
Twins: LHP Devin Smeltzer (0-0), coming off six scoreless innings in his major league debut Tuesday against Milwaukee, goes against Indians RHP Shane Bieber (4-2) Tuesday night.
Rays: LHP Blake Snell (3-4) and Detroit LHP Ryan Carpenter (0-2) are Tuesday night’s scheduled starters.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Auston Trusty scored in 86th minute and the Philadelphia Union moved to the top of the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United on Sunday.
Trusty beat defender Brent Kallman to Ilsinho’s volley, made a deft stop and then beat goalkeeper Vito Mannone to the loose ball to drive home the winner.
It was the third time the Union (8-4-4s) took the lead and, this time, Minnesota (6-6-3) couldn’t answer.
Kallman’s foul on Sergio Santos led to Jamiro Monteiro’s successful penalty kick in the 18th minute and came off a quick counter after Minnesota was denied three-times from point-blank range. Andre Blake made two saves before defender Jake Elliott got in front of Angelo Rodriguez’s second shot. Just before halftime Haris Medunjanin bent a free kick around the Minnesota wall and into the top corner.
Hassani Dotson tied the game at 1 in the 28th minute and Kevin Molino tied it 2 in the 77th minute.
Monteiro’s goal was his third, the other four were the first of the season.