Lance Lynn struggles, Twins rally but lose in Pittsburgh

The news is that Brian Dozier's home run started a rally.
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The Minnesota Twins lost 5-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first of a brief two-game series in the Steel City Monday afternoon. 

Here are three things you need to know from the game. 

1. Lance Lynn struggles

The veteran right-hander was a late addition to the Twins in free agency, and he struggled badly in his debut by giving up 5 runs in the first inning, including a grand slam by Colin Moran. 

Lynn didn't allow any more runs after the first inning, but he lasted just 4 innings and tied his career-high by issuing 6 walks.

2. Brian Dozier homers again

Trailing 5-0 in the sixth inning, Dozier took a high fastball and sent it over the wall in the left-field corner for a solo home run to put the Twins on the board. 

Dozier also homered twice in Minnesota's win over the Orioles on Sunday. It took him until May 2 last season to reach 3 homers. 

3. Rally falls short

Dozier's homer started a 4-run sixth inning, highlighted by Miguel Sano doubling and later scoring on a wild pitch, followed by back-to-back RBI doubles off the wall by Eduardo Escobar and Max Kepler. 

Jason Castro led off the seventh inning with a walk and moved into scoring position when Logan Morrison was hit by a pitch in his left leg. Dozier then grounded into a double-play and Castro was stranded at third when Joe Mauer flied out to right to end the inning. 

Up next

The Twins and Pirates wrap up the series Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. Jake Odorizzi will make his second start for Minnesota while right-hander Ivan Nova takes the mound for Pittsburgh.

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