Twins clobber Rangers, set record for home runs before All-Star break

All-Star shortstop Jorge Polanco homered on his 26th birthday, Martin Perez held his former team scoreless until the seventh inning and the host Minnesota Twins routed the Texas Rangers 15-6 on a drizzly Friday night at Target Field.

Polanco and rookie Luis Arraez went deep in a six-run second. Those homers, plus long balls by Jonathan Schoop and Mitch Garver, gave the Twins a major league-record 165 before the All-Star break — surpassing the 161 hit by the Yankees last year. Minnesota finished the 2018 season with 166 home runs.

In the second, the Twins slugged six extra-base hits in an inning for the first time in 53 years and only the second since the club moved to Minnesota in 1961. It also happened on June 9, 1966, when the Twins hit five homers and a double in the seventh against the Kansas City A’s.

Perez (8-3), who signed with Minnesota last winter after spending his first seven seasons with Texas, took a four-hit shutout into the seventh before giving up a walk and three consecutive hits for two runs. He left with two on to a standing ovation. Ryne Harper allowed both inherited runners to score, the second on Shin-Soo Choo’s two-run homer.

Minnesota had a season-high 20 hits, and its 13 extra-base hits tied a club record set earlier this season. The 15 runs tied the most the Rangers allowed in a game this year.

Schoop finished 3- for-5 with four RBIs, and four other Twins added two RBIs apiece.

Angels 5, Astros 4: Mike Trout hit his American League-leading 26th homer, and Kole Calhoun, Shohei Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons also went deep to give visiting Los Angeles the win.

Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 0: Christian Walker hit two homers and drove in five runs to lead host Arizona past Colorado. Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke got the win.

Padres 3, Dodgers 2: Hunter Renfroe hit a tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning, Eric Lauer threw two strikes in the midst of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that rattled the stadium, and San Diego edged host Los Angeles.

Royals 7, Nationals 4: Adalberto Mondesi hit a go-ahead single in the 11th inning, and visiting Kansas City outlasted Washington.

Brewers 7, Pirates 6: Lorenzo Cain delivered a go-ahead RBI single off Pittsburgh closer Felipe Vazquez in the 10th inning and visiting Milwaukee recovered after blowing a five-run lead in the ninth to edge Pittsburgh.

Yankees 4, Rays 4: Aaron Judge hit his second homer of the game leading off the 11th inning, Brett Gardner added a three-run shot and visiting New York beat Tampa Bay. The Yankees extended their AL East lead over Tampa Bay to a 8½ games.

Phillies 7, Mets 2: Jay Bruce hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning off closer Edwin Diaz and visiting Philadelphia beat New York.

Braves 1, Marlins 0: Brian McCann hit a bases-loaded single with one out in the ninth inning to lift host Atlanta over Miami.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 1: Chris Davis homered and had three RBIs, Dylan Bundy pitched 6 ⅔ innings of one-run ball to snap a four-start losing streak and Baltimore beat host Toronto.

Red Sox 9, Tigers 6: Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers homered for visiting Boston in a game delayed more than two hours due to rain.

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