Mayberry Jr.'s three-run blast the difference in Phillies win over TwinsMinnesota Sports
-- Philadelphia's John Mayberry Jr. hit a three-run homer during a six-run first inning and the Phillies held on for a 9-8 win over the Twins last night at Target Field.
MINNEAPOLIS - Philadelphia's John Mayberry Jr. hit a three-run homer during a six-run first inning and the Phillies held on for a 9-8 win over the Twins last night at Target Field.
Mayberry Jr. finished with four RBI, while former Twin Jim Thome (TOH-mee) added a two-run shot and drove home four runs in the win. Cole Hamels improved to 9-3 despite allowing seven runs, six earned, in six innings. Jonathan Papelbon got the final four outs for his 17th save. Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham launched solo homers for Minnesota. The Twins trailed the game after five innings, but scored five times to close the gap to one by the seventh inning. Starter P.J. Walters allowed four runs without recording an out in the first to fall to 2-2. Walters had to leave the game with right shoulder stiffness.
The same two teams will play the rubber game of the set tonight.
The Twins will call up right-handed pitcher Lester Oliveros from Class AAA Rochester today. Oliveros has worked in 12 games for the Red Wings this season, posting a 1-1 record with a 4.08 earned run average. The team will make a corresponding roster move today, as well.
Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis' season is in jeopardy after officially being diagnosed with a pars fracture in his back. Galvis is out indefinitely and is currently on the 15-day disabled list. He will be in a back brace for the next three weeks. Galvis was batting .226 with three homers and 24 RBI before the injury.
The Minnesota Twins made it official with yesterday's announcement that they have signed outfielder Byron Buxton, the second overall pick in this year's draft. The 18-year-old was the top ranked high school prospect in the country by Baseball America. He led Appling County High School to the Georgia Class AA State Championship this season. Buxton hit .513 with three homers, 17 doubles, 38 steals and 35 RBI during his senior year. He was also 10-and-1 with five saves and 154 strikeouts in 81 innings as a pitcher.