Minnesota Twins Game Grades: Twins win shortened game, extend streak to 4
Bats come alive as Minnesota Twins extend streak to 4 with 7-4 victory over Brewers
Following their first sweep of the season, the Minnesota Twins entered Monday’s game needing to prove the offensive output was no fluke.
And boy did they ever prove any doubters wrong.
The Twins showed no signs of slowing down offensively as they picked up their fourth straight win with a 7-4 shortened victory after just six innings.
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Every player in the lineup collected at least one hit with five players putting up multi-hit efforts.
Starter Phil Hughes (1-2) struggled all night with his control as he, along with fellow starter Chase Anderson (1-1) could not figure out the inconsistent strike zone of home plate ump Mike Everitt.
The Brewers took an early lead, scoring a run on an RBI single by outfielder Ryan Braun in the first.
The Twins responded in the bottom of the second with a leadoff home run by outfielder Miguel Sano and then an RBI double by catcher Kurt Suzuki that plated shortstop Eduardo Escobar.
Second baseman Brian Dozier singled home a run and advanced to second when Anderson threw the ball away, allowing third baseman Eduardo Nunez to score and give the Twins a 3-1 lead.
Hughes would then allow a pair of runs in the fourth, tying the game at 3-all.
Designated hitter Byung Ho Park slammed his third home run to right field to give the Twins a 4-3 lead.
Suzuki would come around to score when outfielder Byron Buxton sent the ball out to the left field wall for his first triple of the season.
First baseman Joe Mauer kept his nine-game hitting streak alive with an RBI double in the sixth that capped off another two-run inning for the Twins and closed out the game as mother nature decided six innings would be all that is needed.
MVT: Byung Ho Park
The Twins will close out their eight-game homestand Tuesday afternoon against the Brewers. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 CST with Ervin Santana (0-1, 3.00) matching up against Wily Peralta (0-3, 10.13). Santana will seek his first victory of the season after being on the wrong end of two tough-luck losses.