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Minnesota hits four homers off starter Erik Swanson, and goes on to win 11-6 to open four-game series; Seattle hits four homers

BUXTONThe Minnesota Twins roughed up Seattle starter Erik Swanson, hitting four homers off him en route to an 11-6 win Thursday at T-Mobile Park.

Jason Kepler and Max Kepler went deep with solo shots in the third inning, and C.J. Cron hit a solo homer and Byron Buxton a three-run homer as part of a seven-run fourth inning for Minnesota.

The American League Central Division-leading Twins moved to 28-15.

They had 16 hits. Everbody but Jonathan Schoop had a hit.

Swanson gave up nine hits and eight runs in three innings. He fell to 1-5 with an 8.04 ERA.

Former Mariner Michael Pineda picked up the win, giving up five hits and three runs while striking out six and walking none in seven innings.

The Mariners (22-24) hit four homers: one each from Mallex Smith, Ryon Healy, J.P. Crawford and Daniel Vogelbach (three-run shot). Smith was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma earlier Thursday.

The teams play at 7 p.m. Friday. Marco Gonzales (5-2, 3.18) pitches for Seattle opposite Martin Perez (5-1, 3.11).

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