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Twins find early offensive and overtake the Diamondbacks clearly

Twins find early offensive and overtake the Diamondbacks clearly
Twins find early offensive and overtake the Diamondbacks clearly

Jose Miranda hit a bases-clearing double and Willi Castro hit a two-run homer as the Twins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3 on Wednesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix.

It didn’t take long for the Twins (44-36) to start scoring runs Wednesday night. Carlos Correa, who hit 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored, started the second inning with a single, Carlos Santana hit a single in the next at-bat and Byron Buxton was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

This allowed Miranda to score a brace, scoring all three points and giving the Twins a 3-0 lead.

With a sacrifice fly in the third inning, Correa, who had previously hit a single several times while batting, scored a run and made it 4-0.

The Twins scored two more points in the fourth thanks to RBI doubles from Trevor Larnach and Correa.

The Diamondbacks (39-41) got a run back in the fourth inning when Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit an RBI triple, but Castro’s two-run home run in the fifth inning put the Twins back up 8-1.

Twins starter Simeon Woods Richardson got into trouble in the sixth inning when he allowed a walk to Ketel Marte and a double to Christian Walker. That ended his day and Josh Staumont came in to relieve himself, but Marte scored on a wild pitch and Gurriel hit a sacrifice fly that brought Walker home.

Woods Richardson allowed a total of three runs on four hits and struck out four runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Woods Richardson improved his record to 3-1 with the win.

The Twins got 10 hits against Diamondbacks starter Ryne Nelson, who lasted just 3 2/3 innings after allowing six runs and throwing three strikeouts in the loss.

After Steven Okert and Jhoan Duran combined to pitch two hitless innings, recently called-up Ronny Henriquez pitched the ninth inning and struck out Walker, forcing him, Gurriel and Jake McCarthy to step up to secure the win for the Twins.

The Twins and Diamondbacks meet for the finale of their three-game series on Thursday at 2:40 p.m.

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