Trevor Larnach hit two solo homers and the first-place Twins improved to 5-0 on the Johnson City Cardinals’ home field with an 8-5 victory Tuesday night.
The Cardinals fell to 17-21, seven games behind the 23-13 Twins in the Appalachian League’s West Division. In the five wins in Johnson City, the Twins have outscored the Cardinals 53-24.
Larnach’s home runs, both to left field — his opposite field — were his first two of the season.
Elizabethton’s Alex Robles delivered a two-run single in the fifth inning to break a 4-4 tie and the Twins never looked back. Gilberto Celestino went 4 for 4, drove in a pair of runs and scored two more for the Twins.
Cardinals starter Dionis Zamora was in trouble for most of his brief stint, allowing two runs in the first inning and two more in the fourth after his team staked him to a 4-2 lead.
Even in the second inning, when the Twins didn’t score, Zamora had to work out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam.
Zamora’s night was finished before he got through the third inning. He was tagged for seven hits and four runs after throwing 69 pitches in 2 1/3 innings.
The Cardinals grabbed the lead briefly in the second inning when Nolan Gorman and Leandro Cedeno delivered back-to-back two-run singles. Both came with two outs and they left Johnson City ahead 4-2.
Gorman stayed hot, going 3 for 4. He’s 7 for 9 in his last two games and has raised his average to .325.
Zach Johnson drove in the Cards’ fifth run with a single in the seventh inning.
ON THE MOUND
Cards reliever David Oca (1-4) was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs in 1 2/3 innings. Tanner Howell (1-0) was the winner. He pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and allowed just one base runner.
FOR THE TWINS
Larnach’s first homer and Trevor Casanova’s RBI single in the third inning tied the game at 4 and chased Zamora.
Cards first baseman Kevin Woodall was promoted to Class A State College on Monday. Woodall was hitting .286 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs for Johnson City.
Dariel Gomez manned first base for the Cards on Tuesday night.
Outfielder Andrew Warner was promoted to Johnson City from the Gulf Coast League, where he was hitting .342.
The two teams will continue the series Wednesday night at TVA Credit Union Ballpark. It’s “All-You-Can-Eat Wednesday.” Fans can buy a special ticket to the game that will allow them to have all the hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, chips and soda they want.