March 14, 2016

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Pitching took center stage Monday as St. Louis' Mike Leake threw six strikeouts while Tommy Milone bolstered his bid to break camp as a member of Minnesota's rotation in the Twins' 5-3 victory.

Leake, a free-agent signing in the offseason, allowed only one hit in four shutout innings. The righty threw 38 of his 54 pitches for strikes.

His Twins counterpart, Tommy Milone, matched Leake with four shutout innings and a hit.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, recovering from two offseason thumb surgeries, made his third Grapefruit League start, but didn't swing the bat because he has yet to be cleared to hit in games.

Minnesota took the lead for good on Max Kepler's two-out RBI single to center in the top of the seventh, breaking a 2-2 tie.

The Twins touched up Leake's replacement, Seth Maness, for two runs in the fifth. Eduardo Escober scored the second of those when Jorge Polanco's hot shot to first took a bad hop, forcing first baseman Matt Holliday to knock the ball down before it hit him in the head.

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