MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Josh Donaldson homered and produced a couple of runs in his debut at Target Field with Minnesota, and the Twins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Tuesday.
Dominican Jorge Polanco contributed a two-run homer to the cause of the Twins, who played their first home game in this campaign shortened by the pandemic.
Homer Bailey (1-0) resolved five innings to clinch victory in what was his first start with the Twins. He accepted a two-run homer from Tyler O’Neill in the fifth act.
Cardinals Dominican starter Carlos Martinez (0-1) was retired after two-thirds and two-thirds innings when he got the close flyer by Donaldson.
With his club, Polanco capped a cluster of five Twins scores in the second act. Max Kepler contributed a singles producer and Donaldson contributed a sacrifice fly.
Martinez’s work would exacerbate the Cardinals’ concerns, who placed Miles Mikolas on the disabled list just before the game with a forearm tendon injury, which will require surgery and will shut him out of rotation for the entire season.
The Mexican Sergio Romo processed the ninth chapter, without tolerating a hit, for a stress-free rescue.
For the Cardinals, Puerto Rican Yadier Molina 4-0.
For the Twins, Dominicans Polanco 4-2 with a run scored and two RBIs, Nelson Cruz 4-0, Miguel Sanó 3-1 with a run scored. Puerto Rican Eddie Rosario 3-0. Venezuelan Luis Arráez 3-1 with a run scored.