Joey Gallo had been scuffling offensively in a 4-for-43 skid
But Gallo broke out in a big way with the second four-hit game of his career to give the Minnesota Twins a major boost
Gallo homered twice, singled twice and drove in four runs in an 8-1 victory over the host Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday
After three lackluster losses to the Detroit Tigers and a 13-2 defeat to the Phillies on Friday, the Twins very much needed Gallo's offensive explosion. Matt Wallner hit a home run, single and knocked in two runs, and Carlos Correa added a solo homer. Max Kepler had two hits and an RBI
The Twins will now look to win the series in the finale on Sunday afternoon
"Things went well for me today and the whole team," Gallo said in a postgame interview on Bally Sports North. "Just from the get-go, we were making them throw strikes, taking our walks. It was a good overall game for us at the plate.
"Gallo had a fantastic day at the plate," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli added. "That was awesome.
The Twins will hand the ball to Sonny Gray (5-5, 3.18 ERA)
In Gray's last start, he allowed seven hits and three runs (two earned) in six innings against the Tigers on Tuesday
Gray is 0-1 with a 4.29 ERA in four career starts against the Phillies
Third baseman Willi Castro is day-to-day after missing Saturday's game with back tightness
Infielder Donovan Solano (right knee) also could play Sunday as the designated hitter
"I can't tell you it's likely," Baldelli said. "It's truly day to day. ... He's showing some good signs.
One night after exploding for 13 runs, the Phillies fell a bit flat
Philadelphia went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position with nine left on base
Trea Turner led the way with three hits and Nick Castellanos had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games in a row. Bryce Harper returned to the lineup and hit a double after missing the previous game with back spasms
Kyle Schwarber also played left field and hit leadoff one day after leaving in the seventh inning with a minor contusion on his foot. Schwarber went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts
The Phillies had homered in every game in August before Saturday's setback
The goal now is to bounce back and win the series and end the 10-game homestand with a 7-3 mark
"We always seem to bounce back," Harper said
Ranger Suarez (2-5, 3.96) is scheduled to start for the Phillies
In Suarez's last start against the Washington Nationals, the left-hander gave up six hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings
Since acquiring Michael Lorenzen from the Detroit Tigers before the trade deadline, the Phillies decided to go with a six-man starting rotation
Taijuan Walker struggled Saturday with a season-high six walks in five innings as he failed to become the league's first 14-game winner
Phillies manager Rob Thomson said he's likely to skip Walker's next start to rest his arm
"Control is off, command is off, velocity is down," Thomson said. "So I think it's time to just give him a little breather.
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