SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Minnesota Twins scored a decent bounce-back win against the San Diego Padres, driven by some big home runs and a big break.
All-Star Byron Buxton hit a tying homer in Joe Musgrove’s fourth inning, and Carlos Correa gave the AL Central leaders some breathing room with a two-run shot during the eighth of five that helped them to the San Diego Padres. 7-4 on Saturday.
The Twins got their big break in the seventh. The Padres are 2-1 behind and rookie CJ Abrams is at second base on a one-out infield single and a throwing error by Correa at shortstop, Juricson Proffer’s sharp grounder hits second base umpire Jerry Layne, rolls several feet away and hits a Dead ball ruled .
Abrams almost certainly would have scored if the proffer’s ball had passed through the infield, but he had to finish second. Manny Machado is dismissed and Eric Hosmer comes up to end the innings.
“He was fantastic. He was the player of our game today,” Correa joked about taking. “He was smoking and he was hurting. He was telling me how much it was hurting. It felt good to have this break, so I made sure I thank them.
Korea then went straight into center field with a 4-1 lead over Adrian Morjon in eighth place. It was his 13th.
Minnesota tied for an RBI single by Jose Miranda, a run-scoring double by Nick Gordon and an error thrown by Abrams, 7-1.
“It’s a play that is completely out of our control,” said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli. “Did it become a worthwhile play in the game? Yeah. He was clearly trying to get out of the way of the ball. Sometimes you just can’t get out of the way of the ball. I’ve coached first base and I know.” Sometimes you have to wear it and the ball comes quickly. I can understand the frustration of the other side, but it’s part of the game.”
The Twins certainly welcomed that break and walks home after a 10-1 loss on Friday night, when the Padres hit five long balls.
Baldelli said, “It may have gone our way, but we took advantage of an opportunity late in the game and piled on a few runs to get the game to the point where it was going to be in our favor.” was.” “We had to do something like this. Carlos had a big swing to do something different, and we had some good batsmen from other guys. That’s what I’m going to choose to focus on.”
The Twins handed Musgrove (8-4) their fourth consecutive defeat. Musgrove, who earned his first All-Star selection this year, and the Padres are on the verge of finalizing a $100 million, five-year contract starting next year.
San Diego’s Jurikson Proffer hit a three-run homer off Tyler Duffy in the ninth, one of his 10th.
Sonny Gray (6-3) allowed Machado a solo home run with two outs in the third, but otherwise held the Padres through five innings. Gray allowed five hits, while striking five and running one.
Buxton tied it on 1 when he placed the brick warehouse in the left field corner at Petco Park for fourth. It was his 26th day. The Twins took the lead in the fifth on an RBI single from Gilberto Celestino.
“Overall, it was played well in every aspect of the game,” Gray said.
“He wanted to play one more innings, but at the same time we won today’s game and people came and did a good job and we added after that,” Gray said.
Musgrove hasn’t won at the Chicago Cubs since June 16. He allowed two runs and four hits in six innings, scored two runs in eight innings and scored two runs.
The Padres hold a slim lead for the NL’s second wild card.
“They’re a good team. They’re no better than us,” Gray said. “They got us last night, we got them today. They’re a good team. We’re on the road. We’re also a good team. The way I see it, we just have to get back to the team we had The spark has shown and we just have to keep doing it.”
The twins: Max Kepler (broken right toe) and INF Miguel Sano (swollen left knee) were placed on the 10-day injury list. Sano had returned four days earlier after missing 75 games after surgery in May to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Kepler was injured after being hit by a pitch in Detroit last Sunday. To make their place on the roster, the Twins recalled outfielder Mark Contreras and selected the contract of infielder Tim Beckham from Triple-A St. Paul.
Twins RHP Dylan Bundy (6-4, 5.02 ERA) and Padres LHP Sean Maneya (5-5, 4.33) are set to open Sunday’s series finale.
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