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Twins rally, hand Phillies ninth loss in a row

MINNEAPOLIS -- Max Kepler's seventh-inning sacrifice fly provided the Minnesota Twins with the winning run in a 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night at Target Field.With the game tied at 5, the Twins got back-to-back, one...

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Minnesota Twins right fielder Max Kepler hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth inning Wednesday at Target Field. (Photo by Jesse Johnson / USA TODAY Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS - Max Kepler’s seventh-inning sacrifice fly provided the Minnesota Twins with the winning run in a 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night at Target Field.
With the game tied at 5, the Twins got back-to-back, one-out singles from Trevor Plouffe and Eduardo Escobar to put runners on the corners. Kepler lifted a fly ball to medium-deep left field, and Plouffe tagged up and beat left fielder Cody Asche’s throw home for the lead run.
Taylor Rogers (3-0) earned the win for Minnesota, pitching one shutout inning in relief of starter Kyle Gibson.
Ryan Pressly and Fernando Abad combined to retire the final six Phillies to secure the victory. Abad earned his first save, working 1 1/3 innings.
The Phillies lost their ninth consecutive game.
Every hitter in the Minnesota lineup had at least one hit, led by Plouffe, who had three hits, an RBI and two runs. Escobar and Robbie Grossman had two hits apiece, and Escobar and Kepler each knocked in two runs.
Andres Blanco and Cameron Rupp each homered for the Phillies. Blanco had three hits and drove in two runs.
Gibson allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out five.
Phillies reliever David Hernandez (1-2) was charged with the loss after allowing one run on two hits and a walk in one inning.
In the Minnesota first inning, after back-to-back, one-out singles, Plouffe singled home the first run of the game.
Rupp’s solo homer in the second tied the game before Minnesota took advantage of an errant pick-off throw by Morgan. Byron Buxton drew a two-out walk then drew the attention of the left-hander, who fired wide of first baseman Tommy Joseph on a pickoff try. Buxton scampered to second and scored on Eduardo Nunez’s ensuing single.
The lead was again short-lived, as Blanco’s solo blast in the third tied the score at 2.
The Phillies moved in front in the fifth. One-out singles by Peter Bourjos and Odubel Herrera set up Blanco, who ripped a single to right field, where it skipped under the glove of Kepler and rolled to the wall. Bourjos and Herrera scored, and Blanco wound up at third base.
After an intentional walk to Maikel Franco, Ryan Howard snapped an 0 for 17 skid with an RBI single to center field, giving the Phillies a 5-2 lead.
Minnesota got all three runs back in the bottom of the inning. Escobar drove in a pair with a two-run triple that got over the head of Bourjos in right, and he scored on Kepler’s RBI single.

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