Dobnak struggles in Twins’ Game 2 loss in St. Louis

Matt Wieters hit 14 foul balls during a 19-pitch at-bat that ended with a flyout as the St. Louis Cardinals scratched out a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins to split a doubleheader.

Twins pitcher Randy Dobnak, who had not hit a batter all season, plunked two in the third inning, one of them driving in a run. He had never walked two batters in an inning and did that too, the latter one with the bases loaded. In the end it was the first five-run inning of Dobnak’s young career. He had never, in his 18 career starts, allowed more than two in an inning. That inning did the Twins in, in the shortened 7-inning game.

Josh Donaldson, Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sanó all homered to lead the Twins to a 7-3 victory over the Cardinals in the first game.

The two-game series at Busch Stadium was condensed to one day so the Cardinals could have one more day off before the end of the season, with a backlog of makeup games this month.