Twins start with 3 HR, Yanks’ Cole drops career high 5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa became the seventh line of teammates to open a game with three consecutive homers, starting a five-long 2 1/3 inning barrage against the Yankees ace of New York’s Gerrit Cole on Thursday nights.

Arraez stormed on a 2-2 change, hitting an even drive 396 feet into the right field seats for his second home run this season.

Buxton drove the next pitch, an overhead slider, 422 deep into the upper deck of left field for his 14th homer.

Correa fouled a pitch, then fired a cutter 413 feet into the left-field underdeck for his fourth homer and a 3-1 lead.

The previous trio to accomplish the feat was Jarrod Dyson, Ketel Marte and David Peralta of Arizona against Jerad Eickoff in Philadelphia on June 10, 2019.

After Joey Gallo tied the game with a two-run homer in second against Dylan Bundy.

Buxton gave the Twins a 6-3 lead in the bottom half with a three-run homer on a cutter, a 370-foot left drive, and Trevor Larnach hit a solo homer on a fastball in the third, sending the ball 441 feet into the second deck at center-right.

Buxton has played three two-homer games this season and six in his career, including a three-homer game in Toronto on Aug. 27, 2017.

Cole, who allowed eight hits and lasted 70 pitches, hadn’t allowed more than three home runs in a game in his big league career. He had given up only six of the previous 11 starts this season.

The other trios accomplishing the feat starting first were:

— Peralta, AJ Pollock and Jake Lamb vs. Max Scherzer in Washington on July 21, 2017;

– Baltimore’s Ryan Flaherty, JJ Hardy and Nick Markakis off visiting Texas’ Colby Lewis in a double-header on May 10, 2012;

– Rickie Weeks, Hardy and Ryan Braun of Milwaukee vs. Phil Dumatrait in Cincinnati on Sept. 9, 2007;

– Rafael Furcal, Mark DeRosa and Gary Sheffield of Atlanta in front of Jeff Austin of the visiting Reds on May 28, 2003; and

– Marvell Wynne, Tony Gwynn and John Kruk of San Diego against Roger Mason of his visit to San Francisco on April 13, 1987.

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