This game started out really well for the Twins. After 3 innings, they led 4-0. The offense jumped on Seattle’s starter Chris Flexen immediately and got a run on a sacrifice fly from Nelson Cruz in the first. Then, in the bottom of the 3rd, they added three more. Byron Buxton doubled and Max Kepler threw in another sac fly to make it 4-0 Twins. Fast forwarding to the bottom of the 5th, Byron Buxton brought himself to a triple shy of the cycle once again with his fifth homer of the season, this one a two run shot. After 5 innings, the Twins were cruising, up 6-0. And then the wheels came off.
Matt Shoemaker’s first blemish of the afternoon came in the top of the 6th. Kyle Seager sent a shot to right to make the game 6-1, and it seemed like just a small hiccup at the time. Three batters later, Taylor Trammell hit his own homer to right to bring the Mariners within 2 runs. Going into the 9th, the Twins were clinging to a 6-5 lead. Alex Colomé allowed 4 hits, including another bomb from Seager to make it 8-6 Mariners. Nelson Cruz, Byron Buxton, and Max Kepler went down in order, and that was it. Seattle takes the series two games to one, and the Twins fall to 5-4. Next up: the Twins welcome the Boston Red Sox to town for 4 games.
STUDS: Byron Buxton: 3-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBI.
Luis Arraez: 2-3, 2BB, 2R
DUDS: Alex Colomé: 0.1IP, 4H, 3ER, 1HR, 2nd blown save.
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