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Twins 7, Reds 5: A pitcher’s best friend

The Twins used 3-run home runs by Mitch Garver and Jorge Polanco to beat the Reds.

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Maeda wasn’t sharp but his offense backed him up.
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It was a pretty rough evening for Kenta Maeda, as he allowed 3 home runs today. The first two were solo shots by Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhardt who went back-to-back in the 3rd inning. Jesse Winker doubled home the third run of that inning to make it a 3-1 game.

The Twins bounced back with a Mitch Garver 3-run homer in the 5th inning to give them a 4-3 lead. That was short lived, however, as Jonathan India hit a 2-run blast to give them a 5-4 lead. Maeda’s final line was 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 1 BB, 9 K. If you ignore the homers that looks pretty good, but you can’t ignore those, unfortunately.

Newly acquired John Gant held down the Reds for 1.2 innings and Danny Coulombe picked up another 4 outs, taking us to the 9th inning.

Jake Cave and Max Kepler led off with walks against Heath Hembree. Then Jorge Polanco blasted a 3-run homer to right, just inside the foul pole to give the Twins a 7-5 lead.

With Taylor Rogers on the mend, the Twins turned to Alex Colome to close this one out. Colome allowed the first 2 batters to reach but got Tucker Barnhardt to pop out, and Aristides Aquino to strike out. India grounded out to end the game at 7-5 and all of Twins territory breathed a sigh of relief.


Garver, Polanco, Gant, Coulombe



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