MINNEAPOLIS - You can’t stop Manny Machado, you can only hope to hold him to two hits.
Machado has posted his 17th multi-hit game of the season today, collecting a single in the first inning and a double in the fifth.
There’s more with Machado, of course. He now has 12 multi-hit games in his last 19, with nine doubles, a triple, three homers and 13 RBIs. He’s 33-for-82 in that stretch, which comes out to a .402 average.
Machado has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 road games, batting .453 (24-for-53) with three homers, nine RBIs and 13 runs scored.
Nick Markakis walked with one out in the fifth and Machado followed with his double. Twins starter Scott Diamond walked Adam Jones intentionally to load the bases for... Chris Davis.
The Twins were playing the percentages. Lefty vs. lefty. Forget that Davis hit a 442-foot homer off him earlier today.
Davis grounded to first, scoring Markakis and increasing the lead to 5-0.
Wei-Yin Chen is shutting out the Twins on five hits over five innings, with no walks and three strikeouts. He’s thrown 73 pitches, 50 for strikes.
Down on the farm, Zach Clark broke out the knuckleball today at Double-A Bowie and lasted 3 1/3 innings. The UMBC product allowed six runs (five earned) and four hits, walked six, struck out three and hit a batter.