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8-spot carries Twins to 10-7 win at Texas

September call-ups do not yet include Buxton

September 01, 2018 - 7:35 am

   ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Jake Cave watched Mitch Garver wipe out what was left of Minnesota's six-run deficit with a bases-clearing double.

   Then the rookie put the Twins in front to match the club's highest-scoring inning of the season.

   Cave hit a tiebreaking homer right after Garver's three-run double in an eight-run fifth, sending the Minnesota Twins to a 10-7 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

   The wins came as the Twins called up four players from Triple-A Rochester.

   Absent from that list is outfielder Byron Buxton, who has been in the minors after playing just 28 games for the Twins this season.

   In 35 games for the Red Wings, Buxton is batting .272 with four home runs, 14 RBI, and 42 strikeouts.

   Buxton has been battling injuries all season, the most recent being a wrist problem that put him on the disabled list last month.

   Rochester's season ends on Monday.

   Called up were catcher Chris Giminez, outfielder Johnny Field, along with pitchers Andrew Vasquez and Tyler Duffy.

   Tyler Austin started the fifth with his 15th home run and Garver's liner to the wall in left-center pulled the Twins even after Nomar Mazara's 435-foot drive for a three-run shot had given the Rangers a 6-0 lead in the fourth.

   Cave's eighth homer was a two-run shot off pulled into the right-field seats in a lefty-lefty matchup against reliever Matt Moore (3-7). Minnesota's other eight-run innings came in a pair of wins - 9-8 over Houston on April 11 and 10-1 over Baltimore on July 8.

   "We're talking about trying to cut it in half and then the next thing you know, we've got a chance to get back to even and then Jake had the big at-bat," manager Paul Molitor said. "A little bit crazy."

   Matt Magill (3-2) and three other Minnesota relievers combined to strike out nine in 4 1/3 scoreless innings to help hand the Rangers their fifth straight loss.

   Trevor May fanned four of the five he faced in the seventh and eighth. Trevor Hildenberger allowed a run without a hit in the ninth.

   Garver added an RBI double in the seventh, had three hits and reached on a three-base error in the ninth when Carlos Tocci dropped a fly ball as he was crashing into the wall in center field.

   Handed the big lead on Mazara's 17th homer , Drew Hutchison didn't retire any of the four batters he faced in the fifth. Jorge Polanco ended his night with a two-run double . The right-hander has an 8.86 ERA in five starts for Texas.

   "Tonight was especially frustrating because I felt like I was throwing the ball really well, was in a good rhythm," Hutchison said. "Then to do that that inning was frustrating."

   Minnesota left-hander Stephen Gonsalves, looking for his first big league win in his third start, didn't make it out of the fourth inning. The 24-year-old allowed six hits and six runs - three earned - with no strikeouts and four walks in 3 2/3 innings.

   "Just making it really hard on himself with the extra baserunners, with the walks and making some mistakes when he was ahead in counts," Molitor said. "It was a rough go and I think he'd probably be the first to tell you that."

    Austin's homer ended a 0-for-11 skid, while Garver had his second game of the season with at least three hits and four RBIs.

    Molitor said he didn't expect left fielder Eddie Rosario to play the rest of this nine-game road trip after leaving Thursday's 5-3 loss at Cleveland with tightness in his right quadriceps muscle. The trip ends Wednesday in Houston.

    Polanco returned Friday after missing all three games against the Indians with a strained left hamstring.

    Twins righthander Jose Berrios (11-9, 3.74 ERA) is on the mound on Saturday. He had a career-high 12 strikeouts in seven shutout innings in his previous start against Texas.

    The Rangers have Yovani Gallardo (7-3, 6.01) listed as their starter.