Nelson Cruz homers to lead Twins’ offense

A night after the Twins were shut out and held to four singles, the bats came alive to avoid a sweep against the Mariners on Wednesday night.

Minnesota combined for 11 hits, pushed across seven runs and had a milestone moment in a 7-2 win at T-Mobile Park.

Back in a familiar stadium, Twins slugger Nelson Cruz belted a three-run, 421-foot homer in the fifth inning for his 431st career home run, tying with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. for 49th place on MLB’s all-time home run leaderboard. It was also Cruz’s 84th career homer at T-Mobile Park.

Cruz’s homer was the driving force behind a four-run inning that also had a solo home run from rookie catcher Ryan Jeffers.

The Twins had to make due without Andrelton Simmons (left ankle soreness) and Josh Donaldson (right calf tightness), who had a first inning RBI single, after they exited with injuries.

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