MINNEAPOLIS -AP- Eddie Rosario hit three home runs and drove in five runs and the Minnesota Twins set a franchise record with 28 hits while batting around in two different innings of a 20-7 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Max Kepler and Brian Dozier also went deep, Eduardo Escobar had five hits and two RBI and Jason Castro had four hits and four RBI for the Twins, who are in first place in the AL Central despite an AL-worst 13-19 record at Target Field.
Eddie Rosario's 3 HRs highlight Twins' franchise-record 28 hits in rout
The 28 hits are the most in a game since the Rangers had 29 in a 30-3 win over the Orioles on Aug. 22, 2007.
Christian Bergman (3-4) gave up nine runs and 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings for the Mariners. Jarrod Dyson had a homer, a double and an RBI. Ben Gamel had two doubles and an RBI.
With slugger Miguel Sano getting a night off, the Twins batted around in a seven-run third inning and a seven-run seventh to snap a five-game home skid.
The Twins strung together eight straight hits in the third inning, including back-to-back homers by Rosario and Dozier, to bust the game wide open.
Rosario's second two-run shot of the game came off of the first pitch from reliever Casey Lawrence, and Dozier followed with a solo shot for an 11-3 lead.
Rosario's final blast of the night came in the eighth inning off backup catcher Carlos Ruiz.
Kyle Gibson (4-4) wobbled through six innings, giving up six runs and 12 hits and striking out four.
After the Twins' big third inning, Gibson promptly gave up three doubles and two runs. That compelled manager Paul Molitor to make a rare, one-on-one visit to the mound. Pitching coach Neil Allen remained in the dugout and catcher Jason Castro remained behind the plate. It was just Molitor and Gibson talking man-to-man.
Molitor finished the visit by patting Gibson on the behind and the right-hander was able to get the final two outs of the inning without surrendering another run.

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