Minnesota pins epic rout on Mariners - 28 hits, 20 runs
A night after Seattle exploded on offense, the Minnesota Twins exacted some revenge.
The Twins set a franchise record for hits with 28, and Eddie Rosario hit three home runs as they beat the Mariners 20-7 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Twins batted around the order twice, scoring seven runs in both the third and seventh innings.
Rosario hit two two-run homers and a solo shot, and Max Kepler and Brian Dozier also hit homers.
The highlights for the Twins were many: Every starter had at least one hit, and eight players had at least two hits, including Kepler (3-for-5), Kennys Vargas (4-for-6), Eduardo Escobar (5-for-6), Jason Castro (4-for-5) and Rosario (4-for-5); seven players drove in at least two RBIs, including Castro (four) and Rosario (five); seven players scored at least two runs, including Kepler (three), Vargas (four) and Rosario (three); 21 of the 28 hits were singles.
For their part, the Mariners produced 14 hits and seven runs. Jarrod Dyson hit a solo home run. He added a double. Ben Gamel had two doubles. Five players had two hits each.
The Twins did a lot of damage against starter Christian Bergman (10 hits, nine runs, 2 2/3 innings), Casey Lawrence (11 hits, six runs, 3 2/3 innings) and Mark Rzepczynski (five hits, four runs, 1/3 inning). Tony Zych actually didn't allow a hit in 1/3 inning pitched. Then, catcher Carlos Ruiz took the mound in the eighth inning and allowed only two hits and one run while walking two and striking out one.
Rosario homered off Ruiz. The Twins then had runners at second and third with no outs before Ruiz forced a flyout. Then, he walked a batter to load the bases. But, Ruiz struck out Vargas and forced Escobar to ground out. Translation: Things could have been even worse than 20 runs and 28 hits.
The record for hits in a game is 33 by Cleveland in an 18-inning game in 1932. The record in a nine-inning game is 31 by Milwaukee versus Toronto in 1992. The 28 hits were the most in a game since Texas had 29 in a 30-3 win over Baltimore on Aug. 22, 2007.
The Mariners had 19 hits and 14 runs in Monday's win at Minnesota.
The Mariners (32-34) and Twins (33-28) play at 5 p.m. PT Wednesday, with Sam Gaviglio (2-1, 2.79) taking the mound for Seattle opposite Ervin Santana (8-3, 2.20).