Cellar dweller Twins pummel Phillies 11-7

Published 8:41 am Wednesday, June 13, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS — Trevor Plouffe had a homer, a double and three RBIs to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 11-7 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

Ben Revere and Jamey Carroll each had three hits and two RBIs and Josh Willingham also homered for the Twins, who have won 10 of 13 games.

Jimmy Rollins had four hits and two RBIs for the Phillies, who left 10 runners on base and couldn’t overcome another poor start from Kyle Kendrick (2-6). The right-hander gave up six runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts. He has a 7.80 ERA in his last three starts.

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The injury-plagued Phillies fell to 29-34, 9 1/2 games behind Washington in the NL East.

Joe Mauer added two hits and two RBIs for the Twins, who scored at least 10 runs for the third time in seven games, got up big early and then kept turning the Phillies back every time they started to close the gap.

Span started the Twins first inning with a home run to right field, his second of the season and fifth career leadoff homer.

The Twins tacked on four more in the second inning on Plouffe’s two-run homer and base hits from Revere and Mauer to take a commanding 5-0 lead.

But the Phillies started chipping away, scoring four off Nick Blackburn (3-4) in the fourth inning, stringing three straight hits together to get the rally going. Rollins was in the middle of everything, starting the game with a single, picking up doubles in the third and fourth and getting a single and scoring on a base hit from Jim Thome, a former Twin.