Vargas, Twins power past Padres

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Aug 6, 2014 - 20:38
  • Updated : Aug 6, 2014 - 20:38
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ― Kennys Vargas hit a three-run homer in his first home game for Minnesota, powering the Twins past Jesse Hahn and the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Phil Hughes had a season-high nine strikeouts in six innings to snap a three-start losing streak. Glen Perkins earned his 28th save in 31 attempts despite giving up a pair of singles in the ninth.

Yonder Alonso hit his first home run almost two months after spending much of the summer on the disabled list but his drive to the upper deck in right field in the fifth inning was all the Padres put together against Hughes (11-8).
San Diego Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso (left) has competition from fans as he attempts to field a foul off by Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier on Tuesday. (AP-Yonhap)

In the sixth, Vargas made his first major league homer a memorable one, a two-out drive that was the first off Hahn (7-3) since his debut on June 3.

Hahn had some slick defense behind him, particularly from shortstop Everth Cabrera, and he was rolling until that inning.

Vargas, recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, told Twins manager Ron Gardenhire before the game he thought the ball carried well at Target Field. The 24-year-old Puerto Rican, who looks and swings like former Twins slugger David Ortiz, sure backed up that statement.

The Padres have traded four key players this year, but their pitching staff has stayed strong all summer, and Hahn has been an integral part. He was removed after 5 2-3 innings after matching his career high with four walks, an outlier in an otherwise-stellar stretch since joining the rotation two months ago.

The Twins, who won their third straight game, are 12-3 against the Padres.

Rangers rout White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) ― Robinson Chirinos homered twice and Colby Lewis pitched a six-hitter to lead Texas to a 16-0 rout of the Chicago White Sox, the largest shutout victory in Rangers’ history.

J.P. Arencibia, Adrian Beltre and Choo Shin-soo also went deep for the Rangers, who set a season-high in runs scored and snapped a four-game losing streak. Texas’ last five-homer game came last August at U.S. Cellular Field.

White Sox pitcher John Danks (9-7) was rocked for nine runs on five walks and eight hits, including four home runs, in 4 2-3 innings. The left-hander leads the American Leagie with 23 homers allowed.

White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn pitched the ninth inning, allowing one run on two hits and a walk.

Lewis (8-8) recorded his second career shutout, both against the White Sox in Chicago. He walked one and struck out seven.

After Chirinos slammed a solo homer in the second inning, Danks walked the bases loaded. Arencibia cleared them on a two-out double, the first of his three hits in the game.

Three innings later, Arencibia and Chirinos went deep with the bases empty to stake the Rangers to a 9-0 lead. The multi-homer game was the first for Chirinos in his career.
Texas Rangers left fielder Choo Shin-soo hits a homerun on Tuesday. (AP-Yonhap)

Choo concluded the home run derby with an opposite-field homer off Maikel Cleto in the sixth inning.

The Rangers needed only five pitches to strike first. Choo led off the game with a double and scored on Alex Rios’ base hit. Beltre followed with a two-run blast into the left-field bleachers.

Chicago Cubs 6, Colorado 5

Kansas City 12, Arizona 2

Oakland 3, Tampa Bay 0

Seattle 4, Atlanta 2

Philadelphia 2, Houston 1

LA Dodgers 5, LA Angles 4

Cincinnati 9, Cleveland 2

Miami 6, Pittsburgh

Detroit 4, NY Yankees 3

NY Mets 6, Washington 1

Baltimore 9, Toronto 3

Texas 16, Chicago White Sox 0

Milwaukee 4, San Francisco 3

Minnesota 3, San Diego 1

St. Louis 3, Boston 2