Byron Buxton hit his 18th home run, Chris Archer delivered another consistent performance and the Minnesota Twins defeated the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Monday
SEATTLE (AP) — Byron Buxton hit his 18th home run, Chris Archer put in another consistent pitching performance and the Minnesota Twins defeated the Seattle Mariners 3-2 Monday night.
Buxton, who was just named American League Player of the Week, hit a two-run shot ahead of Chris Flexen to right midfield in the first inning. It was his fourth home run in five games against Seattle this season. In his last eight games against the Mariners, Buxton is 15-32 with six home runs.
Buxton added a soft single to the left in the seventh, scoring on Max Kepler’s single for a 3-1.
Taylor Trammell hit a homer for the Mariners, and Ty France hit in a run with an infield single.
Archer made his 12th start of the year, going four innings and allowing only one unmerited run. He gave up four hits, hit three and was lifted after 67 pitches.
In his last three starts, the right-hander has allowed just two runs spanning 14 innings.
Archer had a string of injuries to manage from 2019-21, so Minnesota has limited his workload. He hasn’t played more than five innings in a game this season, and his highest pitch count was 79 on April 30.
Caleb Thielbar (2-0), the first of six Twins removers, hit two in a shotless inning. Emilio Pagán worked the ninth, fanning Jesse Winker with a runner in second for his ninth save.
After Buxton’s early hit, Flexen (2-8) didn’t allow a run through the next four innings, coming out of jams in the second and fifth. The right-hander pitched five innings and had two carries and seven hits while striking out five.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Buxton hit .333 with five homers, seven RBIs and eight runs hit last week. From Wednesday to Friday he scored in three games in a row. It is the second time Buxton has been voted AL Player of the Week. The other time was in August 2017.
Gemini: RHP Cody Stashak was placed on the 60-day injured list to clear a spot on the 40-man list. Stashak is scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery this week. … INF Jorge Polanco didn’t start because of back pain. According to manager Rocco Baldelli, he will be given a day or two off and then evaluated.
Mariners: Rookie OF Julio Rodriguez received a planned break. He scored for Trammell in the ninth pinch hit and knocked out.
Minnesota selected the contract of Triple-A St. Paul’s INF Elliot Soto and selected RHP Cole Sands as an option for their top farm club. Soto hit .213 with two homers and 19 RBIs in 41 games for St. Paul. Sands started for the Twins on Sunday, throwing 4 2/3 innings and allowing five runs in the loss to Tampa Bay.
Gemini: Had no starting pitcher announced for Tuesday.
Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (6-2, 2.41 ERA) makes his 13th start of the season. Last time out in Houston, he allowed three carries and seven hits in six innings to take the win.
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