The starting pitchers struggled on Wednesday night in Minneapolis. This game was one for the hitters, and the Philadelphia Phillies got a trio of home runs from their lineup in a 9-8 win over the Minnesota Twins.
The Phillies ended P.J. Walters' night almost as soon as it started. They put up six runs in the top of the first inning, attributing four to Walters, who left the game before getting a single out. They added another five runs to their total beating up a pair of relief pitchers.
Cole Hamels struggled himself. He surrendered six earned runs, including two homers, in six innings of work, but he did manage to pick up the win, his ninth of the season. Hamels has now given up 18 earned runs in his last four starts.
Jonathan Papelbon picked up one out in the eighth inning and retired the side in the ninth for his 17th save of the season.
John Mayberry Jr. hit a home run and double, driving in four runs in the game. Jim Thome also drove in four, adding his second home run of the season.
The Phillies have one more game against the Twins on Thursday night and the chance to win the series.