Mitch Garver hit two of Minnesota’s five home runs, and the Twins turned a triple play en route to an 8-6 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night in Minneapolis.
Jorge Polanco, Nelson Cruz and Max Kepler also homered for Minnesota, which increased its major-league-leading total to 187.
It was the eighth time this season that the Twins hit five or more home runs in a game, tying the major league record set by the 1977 Boston Red Sox.
Garver finished 3-for-4 with three runs, and Polanco had two hits and two runs.
The triple play, the 13th in Twins and history and first since June 1, 2017, against the Angels, occurred in the first inning after Minnesota starter Martin Perez began the frame by walking DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a hard grounder to third baseman Luis Arraez, who quickly stepped on the bag and threw to second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who then threw a laser to first baseman Miguel Sano to complete the play.
Cardinals 6, Pirates 5 (10 innings)
Paul Goldschmidt hit a grand slam in the 10th inning, a blast that bounced into the Allegheny River and held up to give visiting St.
Louis a win over Pittsburgh.
The game had been tied 2-2 since the fourth when Matt Wieters drew a walk from Clay Holmes (1-1) to open the 10th.
An out later, Tommy Edman’s single moved Wieters to second, and Holmes hit Dexter Fowler to load the bases.
Goldschmidt followed with a shot to right-center, his 19th homer, to make it 6-2.
Pittsburgh drew to within a run in the bottom of the 10th on Josh Bell’s RBI double against winner Chasen Shreve (1-0) and Jung Ho Kang’s two-run homer off Carlos Martinez, who ultimately picked up his ninth save.
Reds 6, Brewers 5
Eugenio Suarez hit his second two-run homer of the game with two outs in the ninth inning off Jeremy Jeffress, and Cincinnati overcame blowing a three-run lead in the eighth inning to win at Milwaukee.
Suarez’s two-run drive off Adrian Houser — also with two outs — gave Cincinnati a 4-1 lead in the seventh.
Then with the Reds down their last out, Suarez hammered a 1-0 pitch into the left field seats to put the Reds back ahead 6-5.
It was Suarez’s first career hit in 11 at-bats against Jeffress (3-3), who was pitching for a third straight day.
Tyler Saladino’s grand slam, his second in as many days, off Raisel Iglesias gave the Brewers a temporary 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth.
Astros 11, A’s 1
Gerrit Cole recorded his 12th double-digit strikeout performance this season, and a trio of Cuban-born sluggers provided offensive support as Houston rolled over visiting Oakland in the opener of a three-game series.
Yordan Alvarez (Las Tunas), Yuli Gurriel (Sancti Spiritus) and Aledmys Diaz (Santa Clara) all belted home runs off A’s right-hander Homer Bailey (8-7) as Houston exploded to an 11-run lead by the close of the third inning.
Bailey surrendered nine runs on eight hits and failed to record an out in the third.
Cole fanned 11 and walked one while allowing one run on two hits in seven innings.
Red Sox 9, Rays 4
J.D. Martinez, Andrew Benintendi and Sam Travis clouted homers in a seven-run third inning, and Eduardo Rodriguez fired seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball to lead Boston over Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The three-homer barrage occurred after Rafael Devers opened the scoring in the third with a two-RBI double.
Benintendi finished 3-for-5 and a triple short of the cycle.
Martinez drove in four runs with his homer and a double.
Rodriguez (12-4) gave up only infield singles to Guillermo Heredia and Michael Brosseau, and he didn’t allow a Rays player to reach second base. The lefty struck out six and walked four in winning his fourth straight start.
Rodriguez is 8-1 in his past 11 starts.
Indians 7, Blue Jays 3
Oscar Mercado homered, tripled and drove in two runs, Mike Clevinger struck out seven in seven innings, and visiting Cleveland defeated Toronto.
Francisco Lindor also had two RBIs for the Indians, who have won eight of nine.
Clevinger (4-2) allowed three runs, five hits and two walks to win his third straight decision over four starts.
Justin Smoak and Billy McKinney homered for the Blue Jays, who have six losses in the past nine games.
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