PHOENIX (AP) — Jordan Luplow homered twice to back Madison Bumgarner and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Minnesota Twins 7-2 Friday night.
Bumgarner (3-6) labored through his first three innings, giving up eight hits but limiting the Twins to two runs. The veteran left-hander then permitted just one hit in the next three innings before being relieved, finishing with three strikeouts and a walk in 103 pitches over six innings.
Byron Buxton hit his 19th home run of the season on the second pitch of the game, a 446-foot blast to the back of the left-field stands for Minnesota. The Twins failed to score later in the inning when Luis Arraez’s deep drive to left-center with two out bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double and runner Gary Sanchez had to return to third. Jose Miranda was retired on a fly to center, ending the inning.
Jake Hager had three hits in his first career multi-hit game for Arizona. Luplow’s sixth career multi-homer game drove in the first three Arizona runs and gave him nine homers for the season.
The Diamondbacks scored three more in the fourth and another in the fifth against Twins starter Devin Smeltzer (3-1). Arizona was helped by some erratic Minnesota defense, with Smeltzer fielding a bunt by Hager and throwing it away, allowing two runs to score. Later in the inning, a popup on the first-base side dropped between Smeltzer, catcher Gary Sanchez and first baseman Jose Miranda. Given new life, Carson Kelly singled to drive in Hager.
Smeltzer lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and seven runs, six earned.
Infielder Buddy Kennedy made his major league debut and picked up his first career hit, a single against Smeltzer in the fifth inning. He was 1 for 3 with a walk and scored a run.
The 23-year-old Kennedy was the Diamondbacks’…