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How the Twins won twelve in a row

The Twins’ longest winning streak in 33 years was halted Sunday with a 9-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox, ending a two-week stretch in which the Twins had the league’s best-scoring offense and a pitching staff with a score of 3.08. ERA.

“It was special,” shortstop Carlos Correa said of their 12-game winning streak. Here’s how they did it:

April 22: Twins shutout White Sox 7-0

The offense had its biggest outburst in weeks when Max Kepler, fresh off the injured list, delivered a two-run double in the first inning. Chris Paddack struck out ten in seven scoreless innings.

“It’s never fun to go back into the locker room after a game and it’s always quiet, there’s no music playing and the atmosphere is pretty somber,” second baseman Edouard Julien said. “It’s good to be on the winning side again.”

April 23: Twins leaves White Sox 6-5

With one run down in the ninth inning, Byron Buxton hit a lineoff homer on reliever Steven Wilson’s second pitch. After Carlos Santana walked with one out and Ryan Jeffers hit a pinch-hit double, Alex Kirilloff delivered a walk-off single to right field.

“What about that win? That’s a nice one,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “If you want to be successful, you have to find ways to win games that really aren’t going your way.”

April 24; Twins defeated White Sox 6-3

Willi Castro hit a three-run homer on his 27th birthday in the second inning, and the Twins bullpen allowed just one baserunner after Joe Ryan pitched six innings.

“Playing against a team like this right now is the best thing that could happen to us,” Jeffers said. “To just play free and loose.”

April 25: Twins beat White Sox 6-3

After the Twins allowed two hits through the first five innings, hitting coach David Popkins retrieved a summer sausage from the dugout and encouraged hitters to tap it before their at-bats. Julien and Jeffers hit back-to-back home runs as part of a five-hit inning.

“There was just a random, giant sausage on the table, and we had some pretty hard outs there,” Popkins said. “We didn’t really have much luck. Just something to have fun and switch it up a bit.”

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April 26: Twins top Angels on the road 5-3

Bailey Ober, who was ill, didn’t give up a single until the sixth inning and pitched into the eighth inning for the second time in his career. Caleb Thielbar retired Mike Trout with two runners on base for the final out.

April 27: Twins crush Angels 16-5

The Twins scored three runs in four separate innings in a 17-hit explosion. Carlos Santana homered for his third straight game.

“I think that’s six in a row, but who’s counting?” Paddack said. “The most important thing is that we have the same attitude as a group. We know what we are capable of.”

April 28: Twins sweep Angels 11-5

Totaling 17 hits for the second consecutive game, the Twins pulled away during a four-run seventh inning. Kirilloff started the rally with a two-run double.

April 29: Twins win in Chicago 3-2

The Twins produced only four hits. They still rallied in the ninth inning. Buxton led off with a double, and Kepler followed with a go-ahead RBI single.

April 30: Twins rally to defeat White Sox 6-5

After Cole Sands gave up a home run in the eighth inning, Buxton drew a walk and scored on Kepler’s sacrifice fly in the ninth. Jhoan Duran recorded his first save.

“When we were struggling at the beginning of this year, you almost had the feeling that we would never be able to win games like that again,” Correa said.

May 1: Twins beat White Sox again, 10-5

The Twins completed their first undefeated six-game road trip in club history. A two-run error helped spark the Twins offense, and the team scored four runs in the ninth inning.

“We put a lot of work into doing special things like this from the beginning of spring training,” Kirilloff said.

May 3: Twins beat Red Sox 5-2

Paddack pitched six scoreless innings and gave up just two hits, and Jeffers helped break the game open with a bases-loaded two-run double in the seventh.

“I wasn’t going to be the guy to end the streak,” Paddack said.

May 4: Twins tops Red Sox 3-1

Pablo López gave up one run in six innings and didn’t need much run support. Kepler hit a go-ahead home run in the fourth inning.