Dylan Bundy throws eight innings and Twins’ offense explodes in win

PHOENIX — The Twins hit ball hard on Friday — 11 balls were struck harder than 100 miles per hour — and walked away with little to show for it.

They had no such problem on Saturday.

Their hard contact produced plenty of runs in their 11-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night, making a winner of Dylan Bundy for the first time since April 23.

Not only had Bundy not won a game since then, but the Twins hadn’t won a game he had started since April, either. On extended rest after the Twins skipped him the last time through the rotation, Bundy turned in eight innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits and striking out seven in his strong outing.

It was the longest outing by a Twins starter this season and the first time Bundy had thrown eight innings since he twirled a complete game in August 2020. The Twins starter was perfect until the fourth inning, when he allowed a pair of singles sandwiched in between three strikeouts. The only run he gave up in his effort came on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.

But by that point, the outcome of the game was seemingly not in doubt.

The Twins’ sixth-run third inning featured four consecutive hits from Nick Gordon, Luis Arraez, Carlos Correa and Max Kepler, Alex Kirilloff’s first extra-base hit of the season — a two-run double —  and a Gary Sánchez home run that traveled 456 feet out to center. The Twins followed that up by adding three more runs in the fourth inning, knocking Diamondbacks starter Luke Weaver out of the game early.

Minnesota Twins’ Gary Sanchez, right, celebrates his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Alex Kirilloff (19) during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

In the seventh inning, catcher Ryan Jeffers added a two-run home run, meaning each Twins starter recorded a hit in the win. Though he was not feeling well before the game, Arraez collected a pair of hits and walked before being removed from the blowout win.

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