Byron Buxton, Jason Castro home runs power Twins past Angels

La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton and Jason Castro hit two-run home runs Wednesday afternoon, and the Twins held on for an 8-7 victory over the Angels at Target Field.

Twins starter Jake Odorizzi (6-2) had his 22 1/3 inning scoreless streak -- fifth longest in Twins history by a starter -- end, but won his sixth consecutive game, tying a career high.

The Angels entered the ninth trailing 8-4, but scored twice off Trevor Hildenberger before Mike Morin entered with a runner on. He gave up two singles before hitting Mike Trout to force in a run, but got Shohei Ohtani to ground out to end the game.

After the game, Hildenberger was sent to Class AAA Rochester. After starting the season with 11 scoreless appearances, Hildenberger has given up at least two runs in six of his past eight appearances.

It was a day where more power in the bullpen could have helped. Most of the Twins power in the lineup, as their 76 home runs are the most by a Twins team through 42 games. This year's crew is on pace to hit 293 home runs, which would shatter the club record of 225 hit in 1963.

Perhaps the long balls are becoming a hit with fans, as an announced crowd of 31,919 -- their second largest crowd of the season -- attended the game. That included more than 4,000 in walk-up sales.

The Twins also hit some balls well that just didn't clear the fence, like Ehire Adrianza's drive to center in the second that went to the wall for a two-run double to open the scoring in the second inning. Jorge Polanco tripled and Eddie Rosario added a double. Good things are happening when the Twins go airborne.

The Twins nearly hit for the cycle in the fifth, getting a two-run home run by Buxton, Polanco's triple, Rosario's RBI double, then a sacrifice fly by Willians Astudillo as they moved out to a 6-1 lead. The Angels kept pecking away, getting a two-run home from Jonathan Lucroy in the sixth.


Adrianza led off the sixth with a single, and Castro followed with a drive off former Twins minor leaguer Luke Bard that landed in the seats in left for a two-run homer and an 8-3 lead.

The Angels cut it to 8-4 in the seventh and got two men on in the eighth with Ohtani at the plate. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli didn't take any chances, bringing in reliever Blake Parker. And Parker struck out Ohtani to end the inning.

But Hildenberger, struggling lately, got the ball in the ninth and, with three earned runs and only one out, saw his ERA soar to 8.36. The Twins will announce a corresponding move tomorrow, when they start a seven-game road trip in Seattle.

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