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Al Schoch
June 04, 2018 - 5:00 am
Eddie Rosario mobbed after home run
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Some of the most storied players in Twins history have hit three home runs in a single game.

But only one has done it twice.

Nearly a year after his first three-homer day, Eddie Rosario did it again Sunday at Target Field, this time putting the Twins ahead with each shot, including a walk-off-blast in a satisfying 7-5 win over Cleveland.

"Today, everything happened," said Rosario, whose family was in the stands for what may be his best-ever offensive performance. "Today, I hit three homers, that is special."

After losing the opening game of the weekend series that inched the Twins close to irrelevancy, they took the last three to move within 3 1/2 games of the first-place Indians in the AL Central.

Rosario appeared to slice an outside pitch from Indians starter Mike Cleavinger in the first inning for a 1-0 lead.

In the seventh, he followed Brian Dozier’s game-tying homer with a solo shot off a pitch down below the strike zone off reliever Tyler Olson.

Then in the ninth, off Cleveland closer Cody Allen and with the score tied, Dozier on first, and the crowd chanting his name, Rosario went high and deep off a pitch above the letters and out over the plate, the ball rattling around the hands of overjoyed fans whose seats were just  above the right-center field wall.

"I was ready to hit his fastball," said Rosario, admitting that he was trying to hit the ball over the fence. "I wanted to try to finish the game." 

While the Indians walked off the field, Rosario was practically dancing as he rounded second base, tossing his batting helmet as he high-stepped down the third base line, and then covering up at the plate as he first was splashed with a cooler full of water and then pummeled by his delirious teammates.

"It was very important," said Rosario. "That's a good team. When you win these three games, now Cleveland knows the Twins are here. It's a long season."

Here are the nine times the Twins have had a batter hit three home runs in a single game.

Bob Allison; May 17, 1963 at Cleveland
Harmon Killebrew; Sept. 21, 1963 at  Boston
Tony Oliva; July 3, 1973 at Kansas City
Justin Morneau; July 6, 2007 at Chicago vs. White Sox
Max Kepler; Aug. 1, 2016 at Cleveland
Brian Dozier; Sept.  5, 2016 vs. Kansas City at Target Field
Eddie Rosario; June 13, 2017 vs. Seattle at Target Field
Byron Buxton; Aug. 27, 2017 at Toronto
Eddie Rosario; June 3, 2018 vs. Cleveland at Target Field

Both closers got the decision on Sunday, with Fernando Rodney pitching a scoreless ninth for his second win. Allen took the loss.

The Twins have Monday off, and open a four-game series with the White Sox with a doubleheader on Tuesday. The twin bill was scheduled to make up one of the games in April that was called off by winter weather.