Staton’s home run carries Cards to win over Twins

Published 10:11 pm Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Twins and the Astros still remained tied for second in the West after Wednesday night’s contest.

Elizabethton dropped their game with the Cardinals, 4-2, Wednesday in Johnson City, after a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth by Johnson City’s Allen Staton, who slammed his ninth homer of the season and second of the night to bring home teammate Magneuris Sierra.

The Cardinals jumped out to a two-run lead in the bottom of the first frame, with Statton hitting a home run to bring in teammate Luke Doyle.

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The Twins were able to tie things up in the top of the second frame with both Amaurys Minier and Brad Hartong scoring.

From the plate, the Twins connected for seven hits, while the Cardinals collected six. For the Twins, both Brian Olson and Kamran Young recorded one RBI and a hit each, while teammate LaMonte Wade went 2 of 4.

From the mound, the Twins’ Dereck Rodriguez (L, 5-3) opened up the game. He worked for six innings, during which he struck out five batters and walked one. He finished the night with five hits and four runs against him. In the seventh inning, Rodriguez handed the ball over to Anthony Mciver, who pitcher two innings, finishing up the game. Mciver had three strikeouts and one walk while closing out the game with one hit against him.

The Cardinals’ Chandler Hawkins (W, 4-0) came in at the opening of the sixth inning to relieve Ryan Helsley. Hawkins worked for three, during which he had four strikeouts, while holding the Twins to just one hit during his time on the mound. Anderson Gerdel recorded his first save of the season.

The Twins will pick things back up today as they host the Mets for a three-game series. The Mets currently sit on top of the Appy Leauge West with a 35-27 record.