Philadelphia 10, Minnesota 4
When: 7:05 PM ET, Friday, April 5, 2019
Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cory Blaser, 1B -
Jeff Nelson, 2B -
Lazaro Diaz, 3B -
Rhys Hoskins had three hits and drove in four runs, and Odubel Herrera also had three hits as the host Philadelphia Phillies overcame a five-hit cycle by Minnesota's Jorge Polanco to defeat the Twins, 10-4, on Friday night.
Polanco tripled in the first, singled in the third, lined a homer down the right field line in the fifth and then doubled to left in the seventh for the 11th cycle in Twins' history and the first since Michael Cuddyer did it on May 22, 2009. Polanco also singled in the ninth to finish 5-for-5 for the second five-hit cycle in franchise history, joining Joe Cronin, who did it on Sept. 2, 1929 with the Washington Senators.
Maikel Franco doubled and drove in two runs, and Jean Segura had two hits, scored twice and also drove in a run for the Phillies, who also took advantage of nine walks and two hit batters by Minnesota pitchers.
Nick Pivetta (1-0) picked up the win, giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Max Kepler homered and Jonathan Schoop also had two hits for Minnesota, which had its three-game win streak snapped.
Philadelphia sent nine men to bat in the first, parlaying three hits, three walks and two errors into five runs and a 5-0 lead. Franco's bases-loaded two-run double highlighted the inning with a third run coming in on a throwing error by Jake Cave. Segura also had an RBI double off the right field wall and Hoskins added an RBI single.
Twins starter Jake Odorizzi (0-1), who gave up only a Hanley Ramirez solo home run and two walks while striking out 11 in six innings in his first outing against Cleveland, lasted just 2/3 of an inning. He gave up five runs (four earned) on two hits and three walks.
Kepler's towering two-run homer to right cut it to 5-2 in the top of the third but a sacrifice fly by Cesar Hernandez in the bottom half put the Phillies back up by four runs.
The Twins closed to 6-4 in the fifth on a leadoff homer by Polanco and an RBI single by Cave. Pinch hitter Aaron Altherr drove in Hernandez, who had walked, to increase the Phillies' lead to 7-4 in the bottom half and Hoskins then broke the game open with a three-run single in the seventh.
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