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Twins' Park Byung-ho smacks 5th home run of season

All News 14:44 April 28, 2016

SEOUL, April 28 (Yonhap) -- Park Byung-ho of the Minnesota Twins smacked his fifth home run of the season Wednesday at home.

Batting fifth as the designated hitter, the South Korean slugger hit a solo shot off Cleveland Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin over the center field wall in the bottom sixth at Target Field.

With the Twins down 6-4, Park jumped on the first-pitch cutter, at 85 mph, for his first home run since April 19.

The Twins ended up losing 6-5, and Park went 1-for-3 at the plate. He had a chance to play the hero with two outs and bases loaded in the bottom seventh but struck out swinging against Zach McAllister.

He's batting .241 this season and is leading the Twins in home runs. All five of his home runs have been solo blasts.

In the National League, St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Oh Seung-hwan tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out two against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the road.

At Chase Field, Oh took over from starter Adam Wainwright with one out and men at first and second in the bottom sixth, as the Cards were leading 7-3.

Oh threw three straight sliders against Yasmany Tomas and retired him on a grounder back to the pitcher. Runners moved to second and third on the play, and Oh struck out Welington Castillo swinging on a 3-2 fastball, stranding both of the inherited runners.

Oh returned to start the bottom seventh and got Brandon Drury to pop out to first. The right-hander then struck out Nick Ahmed, who fanned on a 1-2 fastball, before handing things over to Jonathan Broxton. The Cardinals went on to win 11-4.

Oh lowered his ERA from 1.69 to 1.50. He has 19 strikeouts in 12 innings.

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