Astros hit two slams, rout Twins 14-5

Two of Houston’s four homers cleared the bases in the late innings.

view larger photos

  

If only newly acquired designated hitter Kendrys Morales could also pitch to cure all of the Twins’ issues.

Instead, he watched the pitching staff make history on his first day in uniform. It wasn’t anything to brag about, either. The Twins bullpen gave up two grand slams in a 14-5 loss to Houston in the decisive game of their three-game series Sunday at Target Field.

It’s only the third time in franchise history the Twins have given up two grand slams in a game and the first since April 22, 1988, against Cleveland.

The Twins trailed 5-3 when Brian Duensing gave up the first grand slam, in the seventh to designated hitter Chris Carter. Closer Glen Perkins then allowed the second grand slam in the ninth, to Jon Singleton, his second career home run.

The Astros had hit two grand slams in a game only once before, against the Mets on July 30, 1969.

“That’s not a bad team over there,” Perkins said. “They’ve been playing well for a while now, and they got us today. I think they swing hard in case they hit it, and they hit them today.”

The Twins’ rough outing on the mound began with Samuel Deduno, who had command issues and recorded his shortest start this season. He lasted three-plus innings and was yanked by Twins manager Ron Gardenhire after loading the bases with no outs in the fourth. All three runs scored against reliever Anthony Swarzak.

Deduno gave up five runs, three hits and four walks. He also hit two batters. Only 40 of Deduno’s 79 pitches were strikes.

“I think I’m trying too hard sometimes,” Deduno said. “I’m thinking to throw a strike and maybe that’s affecting me a little bit. When I’m throwing the fastball, I can feel it pretty good in my fingers but today was bad. I didn’t feel anything like I had any control in my release.”

The two grand slams were part of a season-high four home runs surrendered. Center fielder Dexter Fowler and right fielder George Springer each had solo shots, in the third and eighth innings. The Twins gave up 11 home runs during the five-game homestand with Milwaukee and Houston.

“Guys are driving pretty good on us right now and some of these pitches are up, which is the norm,” Gardenhire said. “You make a bad pitch in this league and it goes a long ways.”

The 14 runs against the Twins were a season high and the most since they gave up 18 runs to Oakland last Sept 11.

The Twins now will begin what could be their toughest road trip this season. The nine-game trip starts Monday with the Blue Jays, who lead the American League East, followed by the AL Central-leading Tigers and concluding with the Red Sox, the defending World Series champions.

The Blue Jays lead the majors with 89 home runs, 10 more than the Rockies.

“They’re known for home runs, so we got to get away from that trend,” Gardenhire said. “It’s a good baseball over there, and they always play good at home. We’re going to go in there and pitch, swing the bats. It’s a tough trip all the way around.

“Hopefully we’ll play a little better baseball and pitch a little better. We’ve got to pitch a little better.”

  • related content

  • BOXSCORE: Twins vs. Houston

    Sunday June 8, 2014

  • Target Field statue unveiled for Twins iron man, er, bear

    Sunday June 8, 2014

    The life-size likeness of the always-smiling mascot was unveiled on the 7th Street side Target Plaza near the box office,...

  • Section 219: Adding Kendrys Morales (Sick of being -- and looking -- bad)

    Sunday June 8, 2014

    The surprise signing of Kendrys Morales says good things about the Twins in several ways.

  • Morales conference marks return of GM Ryan

    Sunday June 8, 2014

    Ryan won’t be back completely to resume day-to-day activities, but he said he will take some of the load off assistant GM Rob Antony, who has filled in for Ryan...

  • Sunday's game recap: Houston 14, Twins 5

    Sunday June 8, 2014

    GAME RECAPImpact playerRobbie Grossman, HoustonThe left fielder, hitting below .200, reached base four times on two hits and two walks,...

  • Minnesota's Danny Santana (39) went to second on a third-inning wild pitch Sunday afternoon at Target Field. The throw to Houston shortstop Jonathan Villar was off the mark.

  • Astros rookie Jon Singleton was congratulated by third base coach Pat Listach as he rounded the bases after his ninth-inning grand slam off Glen Perkins punctuated a victory Sunday at Target Field.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Top 10th123456789RHE
Cleveland0002011004111
Minnesota001100101481
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
HR: CLE- M.Brantley (20) MIN- O.Arcia (19), K.Vargas (9)

ADVERTISEMENT

Los Angeles - WP: C. Kershaw 14 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson 5
Boston - WP: J. Tazawa 5 FINAL
Baltimore - LP: D. O`Day 3
Milwaukee - LP: J. Broxton 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: J. Holdzkom 4
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: H. Kuroda 5
Washington - WP: D. Fister 3 FINAL
Miami - LP: T. Koehler 2
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Quintana 4 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Hellickson 3
NY Mets - WP: Z. Wheeler 5 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 0
Cleveland 4 Bottom 9th Inning
Minnesota 3
Detroit 10 Bottom 8th Inning
Kansas City 0
Seattle 9 Top 8th Inning
Houston 3
Arizona 3 FINAL
Colorado 15
Cincinnati - LP: D. Holmberg 1 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: J. Lackey 2
Philadelphia 1 Bottom 5th Inning
Oakland 3
Texas 7 Top 3rd Inning
LA Angels 0
San Francisco 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
San Diego 4
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
(5) Auburn 20 FINAL
(20) Kansas State 14
Connecticut 14 FINAL
So Florida 17
Old Dominion 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Rice
Troy 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Georgia Tech 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Virginia Tech
Eastern Mich 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Iowa 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 9/20/14 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 9/20/14 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 9/20/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 9/20/14 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 9/20/14 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 9/20/14 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 9/20/14 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 9/20/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 9/20/14 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 9/20/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9/20/14 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:00 AM
NC State
Duke 9/27/14 2:00 AM
Miami-Florida
North Carolina 9/27/14 2:00 AM
(22) Clemson
Colorado 1 1st Half 5:00
Real Salt Lake 3
Toronto 18 7:55
Brt Columbia 1
Edmonton 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
Brt Columbia 9/27/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close