Twins snaps 6-game losing streak, top Giants 9-0


MINNEAPOLIS — Gilberto Celestino hit a base-clearing double and Gary Sánchez added a two-run homerun, all in a third inning for six runs, when the Minnesota Twins made a six-game slip with a 9-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.

Carlos Correa and Kyle Garlick also homered for Minnesota, which scored only a dozen runs and batted .176 in their nearly week-long losing streak.

Garlick had three hits in his return to the lineup after being sidelined since August 1 with a right rib contusion.

Joe Ryan (10-6) had two basehits and struckout eight batters in six innings with shutout games, becoming the first rookie in the majors to win 10 games this season. He struckout an American League rookie-high 113 batters, including 20 in 18 2/3 innings over his last three starts.

Austin Slater, Mike Yastrzemski, Tony La Stella and Joc Pederson were responsible for all the hits for the Giants, who lost six of the eight.

Correa, 1 for 11 with four strikeouts when Minnesota swept Houston this week, homered to the left in the first inning for a 2-0 lead.

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Sandy León, Garlick and Correa singled to load the bases with no outs in the third. A sacrifice fly by Jose Miranda scored the first run. Three batters later, Celestino’s double off the wall into center right scored another three. After four more pitches, Sánchez lined out for two runs into the thicket in front of the front row in right field to make it 8-0.

Garlick homered off catcher Austin Wynns in the eighth.

Minnesota has failed to score six runs in 15 of its past 16 games.

San Francisco-starter Alex Wood (8-11) had a worst start to the season for the second consecutive Friday, giving up eight earned runs on six hits, including two homeruns. He also hit two batters. In a 7-4 loss in Colorado a week ago, the lefthander gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. He has allowed at least six earned points in three of the five starts in August.

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Ryan, who grew up rooting Giants and was drafted by San Francisco in the 39th round of 2014 but didn’t sign, finished in style. He walked La Stella and hit Willmer Flores to start the sixth, before Pederson lined out and Evan Longoria and Thairo Estrada struckout.


This is the Giants’ first visit to Target Field, which opened in 2010. Since the start of the interleague game, the teams have played four series in California and two in Minnesota, the other taking place on June 14-16, 2005.


San Francisco recalled LHP Scott Alexander from Triple-A Sacramento and sent LHP Thomas Szapucki to the River Cats. Alexander signed with the Giants as a free agent on May 3.

In addition, LHP Sam Long was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento and placed on the 60-day injured list.

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Giants: An MRI showed no new structural damage to the right knee of 1B Brandon Belt, who was on Wednesday’s 10-day injured list due to discomfort. Belt is going to see the San Francisco 49ers team doctor next week. He saw the same doctor after a previous knee problem. “We’re going to rest and rehab and do it aggressively to give him the best chance of getting back on the field,” said manager Gabe Kapler.

Gemini: To make way for Garlick, who was on the 10-day disabled list, IF Tim Beckham was designated for release or assignment. … On the 15-day injured list since Aug. 18 due to right shoulder tightness, RHP Tyler Mahle would throw a 15 to 20 bullpen session.


San Francisco RHP Alex Cobb (4-6, 3.99) is scheduled to face Minnesota RHP Sonny Gray (7-4, 3.10) on Saturday night for game two of this three-game set.


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