Minnesota Twins Stage 7-Run Rally in 10th Inning to Avoid Sweep Against Pittsburgh Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Manuel Margot kicked off a seven-run rally in the 10th inning with a run-scoring triple, helping the Minnesota Twins snap a five-game losing streak with an 11-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Dominican Republic native Margot led off the 10th with a triple to center field off Ben Heller (0-1), bringing in pinch-runner Kyle Farmer. Puerto Rican Willi Castro was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, driving in another run with the bases loaded and no outs. Dominican Carlos Santana brought in two more with a double to right field before a two-run single by Carlos Correa and another single by Max Kepler extended the lead to 11-4. Heller, who hit three batters, now boasts an ERA of 49.50. Jhoan Durán (1-2) pitched a perfect ninth inning.

The Twins were shut out in the first two games of the three-game series after being swept in three games at Yankee Stadium. The Pirates ended their six-game homestand with a 4-2 record, which included winning two out of three against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

For the Twins, Dominican Manuel Margot went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, Carlos Santana went 1-for-5 with a hit and two RBIs. Puerto Ricans Willi Castro went 0-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI, Carlos Correa went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs, and José Miranda went 1-for-4 with an RBI.