The Minnesota Twins showed why they are a growing team by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 9-4 on Friday.
Twins center back Byron Buxton went deep for the third straight day, and it’s the second straight day he’s hit multiple homers, including five in his last three games.
He didn’t have to wait long for his first, sending Drew Rasmussen over the fence as the Twins’ second hitter of the day, and after Isaac Paredes tied things up with his own solo home run, Buxton loosened things up with his second solo shot in the fifth inning.
Buxton’s second home run sparked a massive fifth inning for the home side, with six hits and an error earning six runs for the house, turning the 1-1 game into a 7-1 blowout.
The sparks would fly again in the seventh inning as Randy Arozerena hit a rare inside-the-park home run for the Rays, and Vidal Brujan backed him up with a home run on the next at-bat.
Another RBI from Arozerena in the eighth inning cut the margin to 7-4, but Twins star Carlos Correa made sure it was a comfortable last inning by adding two more insurance runs with a bomb from 410 feet for the longest shot of the match.
On the mound for the Twins was Devin Smeltzer, who is quick to make his point as the ace on staff.
Smeltzer allowed three earned runs in six innings, the first time in six starts this season he has allowed more than two earned runs.
Rasmuessen is having a good season for the Rays, but he was beaten in that game, giving up seven runs in four-and-a-third innings, although three were unwinnable due to onfield errors.
New Yorkers walk here
It was a show of throwing at Yankee Stadium as the New York Yankees ultimately earned a 2-1 home win over the Chicago Cubs after 13 innings.
Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino was terrific, striking out 10 batters while allowing one run over six innings, while Cubs starter Wade Miley was retired due to injury after throwing three frames without aim.
A solo home run against Gleyber Torres in the fourth inning gave the Yankees the lead, until Jason Heyward responded with his own solo home run for the Cubs an inning later, and that would be followed by seven innings. bleached baseball.
Finally, in the bottom of the 13th inning, facing the 16th pitcher of the contest, Jose Trevino was able to send the fans home happy with a base hit.
Bryce Harper and the Phillies stay hot
The Philadelphia Phillies picked up their eighth straight win as they skipped the Arizona Diamondbacks early on their way to a 7-5 win.
Philadelphia’s reigning MVP Bryce Harper had three hits in his four at-bats, but with no RBIs, he relied on his teammates to show up in the big spots.
Rhys Hoskins got the Phillies off to a great start with a 423-foot homer in the first inning, before a three-run outburst in the second against Kyle Schwarber helped blow up the game, leading 6-0 after two innings. .
Daulton Varsho did his best to lead the Diamondbacks into the competition, with a solo homer in the sixth inning and a two-run brace in the seventh, but the Phillies bullpen was able to finish the job.