Twins club 7 homers as Gibson blanks Padres 13 Sep 17

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins clubbed a season-high seven homers to back another strong outing by Kyle Gibson in a 16-0 win over the Padres on Tuesday night at Target Field. Minnesota increased its lead for the second American League Wild Card spot to two games over the Angels.

Brian Dozier, Jorge Polanco, Jason Castro (twice), Eddie Rosario, Eduardo Escobar, and Kennys Vargas all went deep in the lopsided affair. The Twins, whose seven homers set a Target Field record, became the first team in Major League history to hit a homer in each of the first seven innings. They are the first team to homer in seven consecutive frames in a game since the Cincinnati Reds on Sept. 4, 1999, according to Elias Sports.

“Tonight was everything you could ask for to start a homestand,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “We got a solid start, Gibby keeps his roll going and then up and down the lineup, Brian kind of set the tone. He doesn’t go oppo too often, but he got us going when he smoked that ball. We just kept getting big hits.”

Gibson (10-10) scattered four hits over six scoreless innings to earn his fourth win over his last five starts. The right-hander has allowed two or fewer runs in each of those last five outings, which has lowered his ERA to 4.97.

San Diego left-hander Travis Wood (3-6) took the loss, allowing a trio of homers. He gave up a career-high nine runs on nine hits over 2 1/3 innings. Over his last two outings, Wood has allowed 16 runs over 4 1/3 innings. The Padres’ seven home runs allowed matched a franchise record.

“It’s just one of those days it’s very, very ugly for us,” Padres manager Andy Green said.