MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins clubbed a season-high seven homers to back another strong outing by Kyle Gibson in a 16-0 win over the Padres on Tuesday night at Target Field. Minnesota increased its lead for the second American League Wild Card spot to 1 1/2 games, pending the result of Tuesday’s Astros-Angels game.
Brian Dozier, Jorge Polanco, Jason Castro (twice), Eddie Rosario, Eduardo Escobar, and Kennys Vargas all went deep in the lopsided affair. The Twins, whose seven homers set a Target Field record, became the first team in Major League history to hit a homer in each of the first seven innings. They are the first team to homer in seven consecutive frames in a game since the Cincinnati Reds on Sept. 4, 1999, according to Elias Sports.
Gibson (10-10) scattered four hits over six scoreless innings to earn his fourth win over his last five starts. The right-hander has allowed two or fewer runs in each of those last five outings, which has lowered his ERA to 4.97.
San Diego right-hander Travis Wood (3-6) took the loss, allowing a trio of homers. He gave up a career-high nine runs on nine hits over 2 1/3 innings. Over his last two outings, Wood has allowed 16 runs over 4 1/3 innings. The Padres’ seven home runs allowed matched a franchise record.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Dozier’s dinger: Dozier started the offensive explosion with a leadoff homer off Wood. According to Statcast™, the ball left the bat at 99 mph and went an estimated 368 feet. It was his 30th homer of the season, as he became the fifth Twins player to hit 30 home runs in consecutive seasons. It was also Dozier’s eighth leadoff homer of the year, and 27th of his career.
Six-pack: The Twins quickly broke the game open, as they struck for six runs in the bottom of the second. They strung four consecutive one-out singles off Wood, including RBI hits by Castro and Ehire Adrianza. Joe Mauer delivered a two-run single and Polanco capped the outburst with a two-run homer. Polanco’s 11th home run of the season had an exit velocity of 104.6 mph and went 403 feet, per Statcast™. It was Polanco’s second-hardest homer since Statcast™ started tracking at the start of 2015.
GRANITE ROBS MYERS
Twins center fielder Zack Granite, who replaced Byron Buxton as a pinch-hitter in the sixth, made a home-run-saving catch to rob Wil Myers to lead off the seventh. The ball traveled a projected 406 feet to center, per Statcast™, but Granite made a remarkable leaping grab.
Padres: Right-hander Dinelson Lamet (7-7, 4.32 ERA) will look to continue his strong second half in Wednesday’s series finale at 5:10 p.m. PT. Lamet has a 2.55 ERA over his last nine starts dating back to July 23. Last time out, Lamet held St. Louis to two runs over six innings.
Twins: Right-hander Ervin Santana (15-7, 3.45) is set to start the series finale on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. CT. Santana struggled in his last start, allowing four runs over five innings against the Royals, but still got the win.
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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Padres on Tuesday.
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