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Nelson Cruz and C.J. Cron hit homers, Twins score six runs in sixth inning to break open close game; Mariners play three games at Oakland next

CRUZMinnesota, the major leagues' top offense, scored 10 runs with 14 hits against Seattle on Thursday, leading to another victory.

Nelson Cruz and C.J. Cron hit homers as the Twins won 10-5 at Target Field.

Seattle (29-43) next plays three games at Oakland. The series opener is 6:30 p.m. Friday, as Marco Gonzales (6-6, 4.77) pitches for Seattle opposite Chris Bassitt (3-2, 3.57).

Cruz hit a solo homer to give Minnesota an early 1-0 advantage, but Daniel Vogelbach's RBI single made the score 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning.

Yusei Kikuchi gave up six hits and one run while striking out four and walking two in five innings, matching the Twins' Michael Pineda in an early duel.

The Twins (45-22) scored nine runs off relievers, including six in the sixth off Brandon Brennan, Cory Gearrin and Jesse Biddle. Cruz and Max Kepler had two-run singles.

Cron's seventh-inning two-run homer made the score 10-1.

Cruz went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs scored against his former team. Ehire Adrianza also had three hits.

Dylan Moore had a two-run double in the ninth inning for the Mariners.


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