Twins split doubleheader with Cardinals

Nelson Cruz smashed a pair of home runs, but the Twins settled for a split.
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The Minnesota Twins split a doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday and the two games had plenty of quirks including long at-bats and plenty of home runs from the Twins.

The first game of the afternoon featured the Twins' powerful lineup which got on the board when Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer in the third inning.

The Twins went on to hit two more home runs in the opener with Nelson Cruz launching a solo home run in the fifth inning and Miguel Sano hitting a two-run blast in the seventh to lead Minnesota to a 7-3 victory.

The second game of the day got off to another great start for the Twins as Brent Rooker hit his first Major League home run in the second inning to give Randy Dobnak a 2-0 lead.

But Dobnak struggled with his control in an uncharacteristic performance and as the Cardinals scored five runs in the third inning, it took a 19-pitch at-bat between Tyler Clippard and Matt Wieters to put an end to the rally.

Cruz smashed another home run in the nightcap, but the Twins couldn't find enough offense as they fell by a score of 6-4. With the doubleheader, the Twins now have two straight days off before beginning a big series with Cleveland on Friday night.

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