The Twins and Marlins met on Monday, in a game that was anything but close. The Twins jumped out to an early lead, thanks to a solo home run by Max Kepler in the first inning. Joey Gallo added a three-run shot in the second inning, and the Twins cruised to an 11-1 victory.
Tyler Mahle pitched five solid innings for the Twins, allowing just one run on five hits. Jorge Alcala and Cole Sands each pitched two scoreless innings of relief, and the Twins bullpen did not allow a run the entire game.
The Marlins were led by Jesús Sánchez, who had two hits and an RBI. Sandy Alcantara took the loss for the Marlins, allowing six runs on eight hits in five innings.
The Twins improved to 4-0 on the season, while the Marlins fell to 1-4.
The Twins got off to a quick start in the first inning, when Kepler led off with a home run to right field. The Twins added to their lead in the second inning, when Gallo hit a three-run home run to left field.
The Twins continued to pour it on in the third inning, when they scored four more runs. Jorge Polanco led off the inning with a double, and then moved to third on a single by Luis Arraez. Carlos Correa then hit a sacrifice fly to score Polanco, and then Nick Gordon hit a two-run single to make it 7-0.
The Twins added two more runs in the fourth inning, and then one more run in the fifth inning to make it 10-0.
The Marlins finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Sánchez hit a solo home run to right field. But that was all the Marlins would get, as the Twins cruised to the victory.
The Twins were led by Kepler, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Gallo also went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Arraez went 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Correa went 1-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and two RBIs.
The Twins will look to continue their winning ways when they take on the Marlins again on April 4.