Twins hit 5 more homers off Orioles in 9-2 win

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins hit five home runs off Baltimore for the second straight day, including a pair by Max Kepler in a 9-2 rout of the Orioles on Saturday.

C.J. Cron, Jason Castro and Marwin Gonzalez also homered for the Twins, who have 21 home runs against the Orioles this year while going 5-0.

Baltimore has given up 69 homers in 28 games, a pace that projects to 399 for the season. St. Louis is second in home runs allowed with 51.

Kepler had four RBIs to help back Jose Berrios (4-1), who allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. Trevor May pitched a perfect seventh, Taylor Rogers struck out the side in a one-hit eighth, and Adelberto Mejia pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Paul Fry (0-1) lost in relief of Dan Straily, who lowered his ERA from 8.59 to 6.75 by allowed an unearned run and three hits in four innings.

Kepler hit a sacrifice fly in the third, but Baltimore built a 2-1 lead on RBI singles by Rio Ruiz in the fourth and Hanser Alberto in the fifth.

Cron hit a two-run homer that put Minnesota ahead 3-2 in the sixth and Kepler had a two-run drive off Tanner Scott in the seventh.

Jimmy Yacabonis gave up three home runs in the eighth.

Gonzalez stopped an 0-for-19 skid with his second home run this season, a solo drive. Jason Castro added a two-run homer in the eighth and Kepler connected two pitches later.

In Friday's series-opening 6-1 win, Nelson Cruz, Eddie Rosario and Cron hit consecutive homers.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RF Trey Mancini, who leads the AL in hits, left for a pinch runner in the first inning after hitting a bloop single to shallow right-center. He appeared to injure his right hand earlier in the at-bat.

Twins: RF Willians Astudillo was removed with left hamstring tightness after scoring on Kepler's fly. ... CF Byron Buxton was not in the starting lineup after fouling a ball off his left leg Friday night. He entered as a defensive replacement to start the eighth, then walked in the bottom half and stole second.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (0-3, 6.56 ERA) starts the series finale on Sunday. He has allowed 25 hits and 10 walks in 23 1/3 innings.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (1-0, 6.10 ERA) picked up his first victory in his last start, also against Baltimore, allowing two runs in six innings. He did not walk a batter, after walking eight in his first three starts.

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