Dozier and Rosario power Twins past tribe
Eddie Rosario hit a two-run home run and Brian Dozier drove in two runs to support Lance Lynn’s third straight victory, leading the Minnesota Twins past the Cleveland Indians 7-1.
Dozier hit an RBI triple in the third inning against Trevor Bauer (4-4), right before Rosario’s 10th homer of the season. Dozier added an RBI double during a four-run sixth that was fueled by a fielding error on second baseman Jason Kipnis.
Lynn (4-4) walked five batters in six innings, but he struck out five and allowed only two hits while throwing a season-high 113 pitches. After an awful April and a couple of rough appearances in May, too, the right-hander has begun to find a rhythm. So have the Twins hitters, with 30 runs over their last four games.
Rosario has been the steadiest of all, with a team-leading 36 RBIs and a strong case to become a first-time All-Star. Dozier has recently heated up, too.
Bauer didn’t finish the sixth. He struck out 11 batters, but he gave up six hits and three walks. Four of the seven runs charged to him were unearned.
Max Kepler and Ryan LaMarre had RBI singles during the Twins’ rally after the error on Kipnis.
Oliver Perez entered in the sixth inning, becoming the 15th reliever used by the Indians already this season. They used 17 different relief pitchers last year, including a one-inning mop-up appearance by position player Michael Martinez and a one-off relief outing by Bauer.
Wong’s walkoff lifts Cardinals
Kolten Wong led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run off Richard Rodriguez, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Austin Meadows had tied the score in the top half with a home run off Bud Norris (2-1), who blew a save for the first time in 12 chances. Wong homered on a slider from Rodriguez (1-2), his second game-ending homer this season and the fourth of his big league career.
Pittsburgh lost for the sixth time in eight games and has lost four of its last five games against the Cardnals.
Marcell Ozuna homered in the second, the 100th of his career and first in 105 plate appearances at Busch Stadium with the Cardinals. Colin Moran tied the score in the fifth with his first home run since May 22, connecting on a changeup from Luke Weaver.
Tommy Pham, in a 3-for-41 slide, put the Cardinals back ahead with an RBI single in the bottom half.