Major League Baseball
St. Louis 6, Minnesota 4
When: 6:15 PM ET, Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Temperature: 80°
Umpires: Home - D.J. Reyburn, 1B - Lazaro Diaz, 2B - Shane Livensparger, 3B - Ryan Blakney

Matt Carpenter triggered a five-run rally to lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the visiting Minnesota Twins 6-4 in the second half of their interleague doubleheader.

The Twins (27-18) won the first game 7-3.

Carpenter hit a single, scored a run and later drew a run-scoring walk as the Cardinals (18-17) scored five times in the third inning. They erased a 2-0 deficit against losing pitcher Randy Dobnak (6-3), who retired just eight batters.

Cardinals starting pitcher Daniel Ponce de Leon allowed two runs on five hits in three innings. Reliever Genesis Cabrera (3-1) earned the victory and closer Giovanny Gallegos earned his fourth save.

The Twins struck first by taking a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Miguel Sano poked a leadoff single and Brent Rooker smacked a two-run homer.

In the third inning the Twins threatened again. Josh Donaldson hit a leadoff double and Nelson Cruz walked. But Cardinals left fielder Tyler O'Neill made a diving catch to rob Rooker of a potential two-run double.

Dobnak lost control in the bottom of the inning as the Cardinals sent 11 batters to the plate.

Carpenter hit a single up the middle leading off. Dobnak hit Matt Wieters with a pitch, walked Harrison Bader and hit Tommy Edman to force home a run.

Paul DeJong walked on four pitches to bring another run home. Brad Miller drove home Bader with a fielder's choice grounder, then Rangel Ravelo's RBI single into left field made it 4-2.

Caleb Thielbar relieved Dobnak and walked Carpenter to make it 5-2. Thielbar finally ended the rally by getting Wieters to fly out during a 19-pitch, 10-minute battle.

Donaldson led off the fifth inning with a walk off of reliever John Gant. Cruz singled and both runners moved up on Eddie Rosario's groundout. Sano hit a run-scoring grounder to cut the lead to 5-3.

Kolten Wong expanded that lead to 6-3 with his RBI infield single in the sixth inning. Cruz blasted his 15th homer of the season to cut the lead to 6-4 in the seventh.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Minnesota   St. Louis
Randy Dobnak Player Daniel Ponce de Leon
Loss W/L No Decision
2.2 IP 3.0
2 Strikeouts 4
2 Hits 5
16.88 ERA 6.00
Minnesota   St. Louis
Nelson Cruz Player Matt Carpenter
3 Hits 1
1 RBI 1
1 HR 0
6 TB 1
1.000 Avg 1.000
Team Stats Summary
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Minnesota 7 2 14 .250 14 7 4 3 0 1
St. Louis 5 0 5 .208 20 6 6 6 0 0