MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Yandy Díaz broke one of the Tampa Bay franchise records, tying six homers and scoring four points, Wander Franco extended his baseline streak to 34 games and the AL East leading Tampa Bay Rays, beat the Minnesota Twins 11-4 on Saturday.
Díaz had a single RBI in the first inning and a three-run homer to Andrew Albers in a five-run second as the Rays led 7-0.
“It was amazing to watch,” said winning pitcher Chris Archer. “A lot of times you hear the saying, ‘To hit is contagious’. It was contagious tonight.
Franco broke ties with Hall of Fame members Mel Ott and Arky Vaughan for the third longest streak for an Under-21 in his first-inning RBI single.
Franco, 20, played after clearing MLB concussion protocols. He left Thursday’s game against Boston with a headache and missed Friday night’s game with the Twins.
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Minnesota got homers from Miguel Sanó and Jorge Polanco, who came in close to a triple on hits for the cycle.
Albers (1-1) allowed nine runs and 10 hits, including four homers, in three innings in his second start since September 30, 2017.
Sanó started in fifth with a bruised left shoulder, an inning after colliding along the baseline with Tampa Bay’s Mike Zunino, who had popped up.
Minnesota coach Rocco Baldelli said Sanó is a bit sore and his status will be assessed on Sunday.
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