Twins' bats stay red hot in matinee win over Tigers

Pino fans six over five frames to pick up victory as the 26th man

Twins' bats stay red hot in matinee win over Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS -- After becoming the first team in the Majors to score 20 runs in a game on Friday night, it would've been easy for the Twins to ease up heading into their split doubleheader against the Tigers on Saturday.

Instead, the Twins picked up right where they left off, as the offense again pounded the Tigers in a 12-4 win in the first game of the twin bill at Target Field. Minnesota racked up 14 hits and six walks, as Chris Parmelee was the only Twins position player without a hit.

"Baseball goes like that sometimes," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Hitting is contagious. You can feel it in the dugout. These guys are anxious to go up there and swing. It happens sometimes."

After scoring 20 runs on 20 hits on Friday, the Twins knocked around Tigers right-hander Buck Farmer, who became the second straight Detroit starting pitcher to last just 1 1/3 innings.

Kennys Vargas paced the offense with a career-high five RBIs, while Joe Mauer and Jordan Schafer added three RBIs apiece. Eduardo Escobar also picked up three hits a day after setting a career-high with five hits.

"It's fun," Mauer said. "I've been on both sides of those -- and it's a lot more fun on our side. Hopefully, we can keep it going. Guys are having good at-bats up and down the lineup. When that happens, it's a lot of fun."

Minnesota scored in a hurry in the first inning on an RBI single by Mauer that scored Brian Dozier from first base, as he was running on the pitch.

The Twins broke out for six more runs in the second, chasing Farmer after he recorded just one out in the inning. Minnesota loaded the bases with nobody out and Schafer brought home three runs with a triple.

After Danny Santana struck out, Dozier walked before Mauer plated Schafer and Dozier with a double to left field. Reliever Pat McCoy replaced Farmer, but promptly served up an RBI double to Vargas to give the Twins their third inning with at least six runs scored in the series.

"I was just working behind hitters," Farmer said. "I think that was the thing that was most disappointing from my perspective, the fact that they needed me to go longer than I did."

The Twins padded their lead with two more runs in the third inning. Dozier brought home the first run with a double down the left-field line to knock McCoy out of the game. Reliever Kyle Lobstein came in for his Major League debut and intentionally walked Mauer to load the bases for Vargas, who came through with a sacrifice fly.

The offense backed right-hander Yohan Pino, who was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to make the start as the club's 26th player on the roster. Pino went five innings, giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks to get his second career big league win.

"It was good to have the team score so many runs," Pino said. "It helped me feel comfortable."

The Tigers scored in the second on an RBI double by Nick Castellanos, who was thrown out at third trying to stretch it to a triple. They scored three unearned runs in the fifth, keyed by a throwing error by Dozier on a forceout play at second base.

All three runs in the fifth came with two outs on three straight RBI singles by Ian Kinsler, Ezequiel Carrera and Miguel Cabrera. But Pino was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam to end the inning.

"Pino battled really hard," Gardenhire said. "He got through it."

The Twins broke the game wide open in the seventh, as Vargas connected on a three-run double off Lobstein to right-center field.

"I try to be more focused with men on base, because it's very important for the team to put the ball in play," Vargas said. "I try to make contact and I think middle all the time. I hit that one good."

The rookie has 22 RBIs in 21 career games, which is the most since Albert Pujols had 22 RBIs in his first 21 career games in 2001 with the Cardinals.

"He's swinging the bat great," Mauer said. "He puts together good at-bats and is driving in runs. So that's always nice to see."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.