MLB: Minnesota 11, Chicago Cubs 3

June 9, 2012 at 5:46 PM
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MINNEAPOLIS, June 9 (UPI) -- Scott Diamond tossed six scoreless innings and the Minnesota Twins backed him up with 16 hits Saturday in their 11-3 interleague win over the Chicago Cubs.

Diamond (5-1) scattered seven hits, didn't issue a walk and struck out five for the Twins, who clinched their fourth consecutive series with the one-sided victory at a hot, humid Target Field.

The second-year left-hander tossed 64 of his 89 pitches for strikes as the Twins won for the sixth time in seven games overall.

Trevor Plouffe's two-run double highlighted a six-run fourth inning and he later added a solo homer to pace Minnesota's offense.

Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in while Denard Span, Ben Revere and Josh Willigham each added two hits and an RBI for the Twins.

Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (5-4) was pounded for eight runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Alfonso Soriano smacked his third homer in two days, connecting on a two-run shot for Chicago.

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