MLB: Twins can’t solve D-Backs pitching staff
MINNEAPOLIS -- Josh Collmenter allowed two runs in 6-1/3 innings, and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-2 Monday at Target Field.
MINNEAPOLIS - Josh Collmenter allowed two runs in 6-1/3 innings, and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-2 Monday at Target Field.
The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for the Diamondbacks, who entered losers in 13 of their past 16 games.
Collmenter (11-8) helped put an end to that, retiring the first seven batters he faced and allowing only one run through the first four innings before Arizona broke the game open with a five-run fifth.
The right-hander gave up five hits and a walk while striking out five. The 11th win is a career high.
Shortstop Didi Gregorius, who had three doubles, and center fielder A.J. Pollock, who added two singles and a double, led the Arizona offense.
After Collmenter exited, Diamondbacks relievers Oliver Perez (one-third of an inning), Evan Marshall (1 1/3 innings) and Will Harris (one inning) blanked the Twins the rest of the way.
Minnesota starter Ricky Nolasco (5-12) allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five.
Arizona opened the fifth inning with three consecutive hits, including an RBI double by Gregorius. Left fielder Ender Inciarte’s ground out plated another run, and Gregorius scored on a wild pitch by Nolasco.
First baseman Mark Trumbo capped the inning with a two-run homer to the opposite field, his 12th blast of the year to make it 5-1.
A walk to catcher Miguel Montero was the end of the line for Nolasco.
Twins left fielder Chris Herrmann hit an RBI single in the third inning, and pinch hitter Josmil Pinto added a run-scoring hit in the seventh.
NOTES: Twins OF Aaron Hicks was back in the lineup after missing two games due to a stiff lower back. ... Minnesota LHP Tommy Milone, who has missed his past three starts because of a dead arm and then neck soreness, is expected to be available out of the bullpen through the end of the season. ... Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero will got the start Monday. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson all three of his catchers will start a game against the Twins.