Diamondbacks 9, Twins 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Even Arizona first-base coach Robin Yount got injured Saturday night.
Alex Cintron went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, Rod Barajas had two hits and three RBIs and Carlos Baerga added two hits and drove in two runs for Arizona, which tied a season high with seven doubles.
The Diamondbacks, though, lost a pair of regulars who were injured running down the first-base line. Center fielder Danny Bautista strained a hamstring legging out a grounder in the second, and second baseman Junior Spivey severely sprained his ankle doing the same in the sixth.
Bautista will be re-evaluated Sunday, and Spivey—who had to be helped off the field by a team trainer and Yount—was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Yount, while assisting Spivey, strained his back and is “day to day,” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said half-jokingly.
“We’ve got everybody going down,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve even got batting practice pitchers going down.”
The Diamondbacks currently have six players on the disabled list, including star pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, and third baseman Shea Hillenbrand has been out since last Sunday with a strained side muscle.
Steve Finley, who hadn’t played in the field in a week because of a sore hamstring, entered the game in center field after Spivey’s injury.
“Let’s see if we’ve even got nine guys to play tomorrow,” Brenly said, shaking his head.
Batista (4-3) gave up four hits, three walks and an unearned run in six innings while striking out a season-high seven batters and lowering his ERA to 2.64.
“I was trying to overthrow to compensate for my weakness,” said Bautista, who was weakened by bad allergies the last four days. “But once I got my command, I felt good.”
Minnesota starter Joe Mays didn’t.
“I just didn’t have command of the fastball,” Mays said. “I pretty much thought I could live off the sinker. The third time through the order, I didn’t make adjustments, and they did.”
Mays, whose ERA rose to 5.80 after a six-run fifth, allowed eight hits, a season-high eight runs and two walks in 4 2-3 innings while striking out four.
Cintron doubled in the first and scored on a two-out single by Gonzalez that was just out of the reach of diving Twins shortstop Cristian Guzman.
Baerga and Barajas hit back-to-back doubles with one out in the second to put the Diamondbacks up by two.
Mays (7-4) retired 10 out of 11 until Tony Womack singled with one out in the fifth to start the game-breaking rally.
Cintron walked, Spivey was hit by a pitch—the ball barely nicked his jersey as he leaned over the plate—by Mays and Gonzalez drilled a bases-loaded double high off the right-field wall to make it 4-0.
Two batters later, Baerga hit a two-run double to chase Mays. Juan Rincon entered and gave up a double to Barajas that scored two more and put the Diamondbacks ahead by eight.
Mays, an All-Star and 17-game winner in 2001, spent half of last season on the disabled list with an elbow problem and hasn’t quite been the same since. His record had gotten a boost from the Twins offensive support—5.5 runs in his previous 13 starts.
“One of these days, it’s going to click,” Mays said.
Batista, who has pitched for six teams in his five-plus years of service, had faced every major league club except Minnesota until Saturday. … … Minnesota’s rotation entered with 10 straight starts of six-plus innings and an ERA of 2.91 over that span. … Opponents are batting .377 against Mays with runners in scoring position. … Twins manager Ron Gardenhire took first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz out after Spivey’s injury because Mientkiewicz seemed a bit shaken. Spivey rolled his foot as it hit the bag while Mientkiewicz caught the throw from Guzman. “He didn’t do anything wrong,” Gardenhire said.“He felt bad about it.”