TWINS 11, MARINERS 6
Viral video star C.J. Cron and Byron Buxton fueled a seven-run fourth inning with homers, and Michael Pineda pitched Minnesota past Seattle.
The Twins hit four home runs, extending their streak to 11 straight games with a long ball, and made Seattle pay for a pair of sloppy errors to win their third in a row and eighth in 11 games.
Leading 2-1 after solo homers from Jason Castro and Max Kepler in the third against starter Erik Swanson (1-5), Minnesota sent 13 batters to the plate in the fourth.
Cron, who went 4 for 5 a day after an embarrassing error turned into a popular lowlight online, made it 4-1 with a mammoth two-run homer deep into the second deck in left field. Buxton hit a three-run drive for an 8-1 margin, ending Swanson’s night.
Pineda (3-3) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings. The former Mariners right-hander struck out six with no walks.
All of Seattle’s runs came on homers by Mallex Smith, Ryon Healy, J.P. Crawford and Daniel Vogelbach.
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