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Jordan Luplow slugs 2 HRs, Diamondbacks top Twins 7-2

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Arizona Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas (5) scores as Minnesota Twins wide receiver Gary Sanchez (24) tries to score in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 17, 2022 in Phoenix.  (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Alek Thomas (5) scores as Minnesota Twins wide receiver Gary Sanchez (24) tries to score in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 17, 2022 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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Jordan Luplow homered twice to back up Madison Bumgarner and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Minnesota Twins 7-2 on Friday night.

Luplow’s two-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the third, bringing his homer total to nine this season with his sixth career two-homer game.

“I don’t try to pull away and fall, it happens,” said Luplow, who has 43 homers in his career.

Luplow admits it’s been hard to see his batting average, .169 coming into Friday’s game, on the scoreboard this season.

“It’s not where you want it to be, but you just have to figure it out and put some good sticks in place,” Luplow said.

Luplow joked that he’d rather see his OPS on the scoreboard – at .782.

“At the most critical moment of the game, he executed, and the rest of the guys just followed with a little ball, base hits, good clutch hits,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.

Bumgarner (3-6) worked hard in his first three innings, allowing eight hits but limiting the Twins to two runs. The veteran southpaw then allowed just one hit over the next three innings before being relieved, finishing with three strikeouts and a walk on 103 pitches over six innings.

Byron Buxton hit his 19th home run of the season on the second pitch of the game, a 446-foot blast out the back of left field represents Minnesota. The Twins failed to score later in the inning when Luis Arraez’s deep push to left-center with two outs bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double and runner Gary Sanchez had to drop in third position. Jose Miranda was struck out on a volley down the middle, ending the inning.

Jake Hager had three hits in his first career multi-hit game for Arizona.

The Diamondbacks scored three more runs in the fourth and another in the fifth against Twins starter Devin Smeltzer (3-1). Arizona was helped by an erratic Minnesota defense, with Smeltzer hitting a bunt from Hager and throwing it away, allowing two runs to score. Later in the inning, a first base side pop-up fell between Smeltzer, catcher Gary Sanchez and first baseman Jose Miranda. Given new life, Carson Kelly chose to drive in Hager.

“We couldn’t hit the ball harder, but that’s how it goes. None of this matters. We couldn’t find a way today,” said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli.

Smeltzer went 4 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and seven runs, six of which were earned.

BEGINNING

Infielder Buddy Kennedy made his major league debut and notched his first career hit, a single against Smeltzer in the fifth inning. He was 1 of 3 with a walk and scored a run.

Kennedy, 23, was the DH for the Diamondbacks on Friday. He was batting .296 with four homers at Triple-A Reno. He replaced OF Jake McCarthy, who was picked for Reno earlier in the week.

Kennedy hails from Millville, New Jersey, the same town as Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout. Kennedy’s grandfather, former Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Don Money, was in attendance at Chase Field on Friday.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: 2B Jorge Polanco (lower back tightness) was placed on injured reserve for the first time in his nine-year major league career. The decision, retroactive to Monday, came after Polanco noticed no improvement since feeling something in his first at bat Sunday against Tampa Bay.

The Twins recalled Alex Kiriloff from St. Paul to replace Polanco. The first baseman was batting .385 with 10 homers in 28 games at Triple-A after starting the season with the Twins. He was ejected after starting .172 in 10 games. Baldelli expects Luis Arraez to get most of the time at second base, with Kiriloff among those filling in at first base.

Diamondbacks: 2B Ketel Marte was out of the lineup on Friday and the team was awaiting the results of an MRI scan on his left hamstring. “We’re retiring it for the right reasons,” Lovullo said. “We need him for the whole season.

Marte was limited to 90 games last season due to a hamstring injury.

NEXT

Dylan Bundy (3-3, 5.87) pitches against Luke Weaver (1-0, 4.91) in Game 2 of the three-game series on Saturday.

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