The Twins banged out nine hits against Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija, chasing him from the game after 3.2 innings with a 7-0 lead. The Twins added one more on a Joe Mauer double off reliever Casey Coleman to put the lead to 8-0, all runs charged to Samardzija. Seven of those hits and six runs came in the fourth inning in which the Twins batted around.
Meanwhile, on the mound, Scott Diamond continues to pitch well. He has scattered five hits in five innings and has four strike outs opposite zero walks.