Kepler, Buxton power Twins over Orioles 4-1 for season sweep

Minnesota Twins outfielders Byron Buxton, left, and Max Kepler celebrate the Twins 4-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles in a baseball game Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Minneapolis. Kepler and Buxton both hit home runs. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota hit 23 home runs in the series, topping their most in a year against the Orioles. The Twins hit 22 in 1962 and again in 1964 — when the teams played 18 games against each other each year.

Posted: Apr 28, 2019 5:41 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Kepler led off with a home run on Dylan Bundy's first pitch, Byron Buxton also homered and the Minnesota Twins beat Baltimore 4-1 Sunday to sweep their six-game season series against the Orioles.

Minnesota hit 23 home runs in the series, topping their most in a year against the Orioles. The Twins hit 22 in 1962 and again in 1964 — when the teams played 18 games against each other each year.

Baltimore has given up 71 homers in 29 games; St. Louis was second in the majors at the start of the day with 51.

Kepler had four home runs in the series.

Kyle Gibson (2-0) gave up three hits in seven innings, including Chris Davis' third home run of the season in his final inning. Gibson, who lowered his ERA from 6.10 to 4.88, has beaten the Orioles twice. He struck out six and walked none.

Trevor Hildenberger pitched a one-hit eighth and Blake Parker retired the side in order for his fifth save in five chances, finishing a four-hitter.

Kepler started the first with his seventh home run, going deep for his third straight at-bat.

Buxton hit his first of the year leading off the third inning, a 400-foot drive into the second deck in left field. Kepler followed with a double and, after a pair of walks, Marwin Gonzalez popped a two-run single into short center field.

Bundy (0-4), who tied for the major league lead with 16 losses last season, allowed four runs and five hits in five innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: OF Trey Mancini, AL hits leader in hits, missed the game with a bruised right index finger he suffered in Saturday's game. Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde categorized Mancini's status as day-to-day. ... RHP Alex Cobb was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained lower back. Cobb is 0-2 with a 10.95 ERA in three starts so far this season. Baltimore also sent RHP Jimmy Yacabonis to Triple-A Norfolk and designated catcher Jesús Sucre for assignment. C Austin Wynns, RHP Branden Kline and RHP Luis Ortiz were recalled from Norfolk.

Twins: Placed utility man Willians Astudillo on the 10-day IL with a left hamstring strain. Astudillo, who has started games at catcher, first base, third base and right field so far this year, was injured while scoring on a sacrifice fly Saturday. He was replaced on the roster by OF Jake Cave, who had been optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Rookie LHP John Means (3-2, 1.74) starts Monday's series opener at the White Sox after allowing one run over five innings to beat Chicago on April 24.

Twins: RHP Jake Odorizzi (2-2) will try to beat the Astros for the second time in a week when the teams open a four-game series on Monday at Target Field. Odorizzi gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings at Houston on April 22.

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