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Twins tie team record with 8 homers in 16-7 win over Angels

Thu May 23 7:57pm ET
By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer

Players: Nelson Cruz, Matt Harvey, Brian Goodwin, Andrew Heaney, Jonathan Schoop, Kole Calhoun, Jorge Polanco, Miguel Sano, Andrelton Simmons, Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler, C.J. Cron, Tommy La Stella, David Fletcher

Minnesota Twins' Eddie Rosario (20) celebrates his solo home run in the dugout with teammate Jonathan Schoop (16) during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler, center, celebrates his two-run home run with teammates in the dugout during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano watches his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco, top, leaps over Los Angeles Angels' Luis Rengifo after forcing him out at second base on a ground ball by Kole Calhoun during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco (11) celebrates his two-run home run with teammate Max Kepler (26) during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco (11) celebrates his two-run home run with third base coach Tony Diaz (46) during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Los Angeles Angels center fielder Brian Goodwin, bottom, watches as a two-run home run by Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco goes over the wall during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey walks off the mound after giving up a three-run home run to Minnesota Twins' Jonathan Schoop, background left, during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Miguel Sano and Jonathan Schoop each hit two of Minnesota's franchise record-tying eight home runs and the Twins hammered Matt Harvey and the Los Angeles Angels 16-7 Thursday.

C.J. Cron homered, doubled twice and singled twice for the Twins. Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario also homered for Minnesota.

It was the third time in franchise history - dating to their days as the Washington Senators - and second time this season Minnesota homered eight times. Before doing it April 20 against Baltimore, the last time it happened was in 1963 against Washington.

Schoop drove in four runs and Sano three as the Twins won six of seven on their road trip that began in Seattle and wound up with their first sweep in Anaheim since 1996. Minnesota, with the best record in the majors, hit 22 homers against the Mariners and the Angels while outscoring them 67-24.

There were a total of 11 home runs in this game, which was originally set for Wednesday but postponed due to unplayable field conditions following a pregame storm.

Angels first baseman Jared Walsh, who made five relief appearances in Triple-A this season, pitched for the first time in the majors. He gave up a run on two hits and a walk in the ninth.

The eight home runs also tied the Angels mark for most allowed. It previously happened in 2005 against Texas and 1996 vs. Oakland.

Four of the seven hits Matt Harvey (2-4) allowed in 2 2/3 innings went over the wall as the right-hander gave up eight runs for the second time this season.

Tommy La Stella hit his first grand slam in the ninth for the Angels, who have dropped four straight. David Fletcher and Brian Goodwin also homered for Los Angeles.

Minnesota broke open the game in the second inning with six runs, which included a three-run shot by Schoop and two-run drive by Polanco. Harvey was chased in the third after solo homers by Cron and Sano.

The Twins hit three home runs in the seventh to extend their lead to 14-2. Sano's two-run shot and Schoop's solo homer marked the sixth time the Twins had gone back-to-back this season. Kepler added a two-run drive.

Twins starter Martin Perez (7-1) went five innings and yielded two runs on five hits.

TOUGH DAY

Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun came up twice with the bases loaded but was unable to get a hit. He struck out in the third and grounded into a force out to end the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: DH Nelson Cruz (left wrist sprain) returned to Minneapolis. He is eligible to come off the injured list on Friday but manager Rocco Baldelli said they are still seeing how he is doing swinging during batting practice.

Angels: SS Andrelton Simmons (left ankle sprain) saw a foot and ankle specialist Wednesday and expects to remain in a walking boot for at least two weeks. . LHP Andrew Heaney (elbow) had a bullpen session before Thursday's game and could make his season debut Sunday.

UP NEXT

Twins: Return home and open a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. RHP Jose Berrios (6-2, 3.39 ERA) has seven or more strikeouts in his last four starts.

Angels: Conclude their home stand with three games against Texas. RHP Griffin Canning (2-3, 3.80 ERA), who became the second LA starter to go seven innings last Saturday against Kansas City, gets the call on Friday.

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