A huge night from Torii Hunter keyed another offensive outburst as the Twins cruised to a 9-3 win over Cleveland. Hunter contributed a solo dong, two doubles and 4 RBI on his way to a 4-for-4 night (plus a walk).
Meanwhile, Mike Pelfrey shook off a sketchy start to pitch seven groundball-intensive innings and run his record to 3-0 and ERA to 2.62. Twinkie Town has been unable to confirm if Pelfrey has received another contract extension through 2022.
The Twins opened the scoring on a Joe Mauer single (not a homer) that drove in Hunter after the latter's double in the first. Another Eddie Rosario RBI pushed the lead to 2-0 in the following inning. Cleveland tied it in the third during the aforementioned Pelf rough stretch, but Minnesota immediately went back to work on starter Trevor Bauer. Kennys Vargas, who is my guy, gave the Twins the lead for good with an RBI single in the 4th, Hunter's homer added to the lead in the 5th, then a 4-run 6th chased Bauer and Cleveland reliever Nick Hagedorn, with Hunter's bases-clearing double effectively ending the suspense.
Michael Tonkin and J.R. Graham each threw an inning to end the game. The Twins are four games above .500 for the first time since, shit, Rod Carew?
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