Padres at Twins
Holding down the second wild card in the American League, the Minnesota Twins can move to .500 at home for the first time since May 5 when they wrap up a two-game interleague series against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. The Twins have won nine of their last 11 at Target Field following Tuesday's record-setting 16-0 romp.
Minnesota came out swinging in the opener of a six-game homestand, becoming the first team in major league history to homer in each of the first seven innings of a game. The seven blasts also set a Target Field record, with Jason Castro going deep twice and Brian Dozier becoming the fifth Twins player to record consecutive 30-homer seasons. San Diego, which was blanked for the third time in September, has dropped two in a row following a three-game winning streak. Promising Padres rookie right-hander Dinelson Lamet, who has yielded only three long balls in his last nine starts, will try to cool off homer-happy Minnesota.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FSN San Diego, FSN North (Minnesota)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres RH Dinelson Lamet (7-7, 4.32 ERA) vs. Twins RH Ervin Santana (15-7, 3.45)
Lamet is mired in a four-start winless drought despite giving up seven runs in that span, mainly because San Diego provided him with a total of three runs. The 25-year-old rookie has turned in three straight quality starts, allowing four runs and 13 hits over 18 innings, and limited opponents to two runs or fewer in eight of his last nine turns. Lamet is holding opponents to a .203 batting average.
Santana improved to 5-0 over his last nine starts despite a shaky performance at Kansas City last time out, when he gave up four runs over five innings. He did not factor in the decision in his previous start, also against the Royals, giving up four runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. Santana went the distance for the fifth time this season at San Diego on Aug. 2, giving up two runs on four hits.
1. Dozier is the fifth second baseman to hit 30 homers in back-to-back seasons.
2. Padres RF Jabari Blash is 1-for-11 with seven strikeouts in his last three games.
3. Castro is 7-for-15 over the past four games.