Triple play: Twins open game with 3 straight HRs

by Daryn Albert - Minnesota's Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa became the seventh trio of teammates to open a game with three straight home runs, starting a barrage of five long balls in 2 1/3 innings against New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole on Thursday.

Triple play: Twins open game with 3 straight HRs

Minnesota Twins' Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa become seventh trio of teammates to open game with three straight homers 9:32 PM ET Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota 's Luis Arraez , Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa became the seventh trio of teammates to open a game with three straight home runs, starting a barrage of five long balls in 2 1/3 innings against New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole on Thursday night. Arraez started the onslaught on a 2-2 changeup, hitting a tying drive 396 feet into the right-field seats for his second home run this season. Buxton drove the next pitch, a hanging slider, 422 deep into the left-field upper deck for his 14th homer. Correa fouled off a pitch, then pulled a cutter 413 feet into the left-field lower deck for his fourth homer and a 3-1 lead. The previous trio to accomplish the feat was Arizona's Jarrod Dyson , Ketel Marte and David Peralta off Jerad Eickoff at Philadelphia on June 10, 2019. After Joey Gallo tied the score with a two-run homer in the 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 drive to left, and Trevor Larnach hit a solo homer on a fastball in the third, sending the ball 441 feet into the second deck in right-center. Buxton had three two-homer games this season and six in his career, with a three-homer game at Toronto on Aug. 27, 2017. Cole, who gave up eight hits and lasted 70 pitches, had not allowed more than three home runs in a game in his big league career. He had given up just six in 11 previous starts this season. Other trios accomplishing the feat starting the first were: - Peralta, AJ Pollock and Jake Lamb against Max Scherzer at Washington on July 21, 2017; - Baltimore's Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis off Colby Lewis of visiting Texas in a doubleheader opener on May 10, 2012; - Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks, Hardy and Ryan Braun against Phil Dumatrait at Cincinnati on Sept. 9, 2007; - Atlanta's Rafael Furcal, Mark DeRosa and Gary Sheffield off Jeff Austin of the visiting Reds on May 28, 2003; and - San Diego's Marvell Wynne, Tony Gwynn and John Kruk against Roger Mason of visiting San Francisco on April 13, 1987.