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Plate discipline leading to results for Rosario

Twins outfielder hits pair of home runs in Wednesday's win
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MINNEAPOLIS -- As a group of reporters walked past Eddie Rosario's locker after the Twins' 6-4 win on Tuesday to interview Jorge Polanco about Polanco's two-homer game, Rosario jokingly asked why no one wanted to talk to him about his 1-for-4 performance.

Rosario didn't have that issue on Wednesday, as he matched Polanco with a two-homer game of his own to help the Twins notch an 11-1 win over the White Sox at Target Field. It was his third multi-homer game of the year, and his first since homering twice against the Brewers on Aug. 8. It also helped him reach 20 homers for the first time in his three-year career.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- As a group of reporters walked past Eddie Rosario's locker after the Twins' 6-4 win on Tuesday to interview Jorge Polanco about Polanco's two-homer game, Rosario jokingly asked why no one wanted to talk to him about his 1-for-4 performance.

Rosario didn't have that issue on Wednesday, as he matched Polanco with a two-homer game of his own to help the Twins notch an 11-1 win over the White Sox at Target Field. It was his third multi-homer game of the year, and his first since homering twice against the Brewers on Aug. 8. It also helped him reach 20 homers for the first time in his three-year career.

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While Byron Buxton and Polanco have been impressive in August, Rosario has also been hot this month, hitting .303/.336/.606 with nine homers, 24 RBIs and 22 runs in 28 games. The Twins have gone 19-9 in those contests, helping them hold onto the second American League Wild Card spot and move within a game of the AL Wild Card-leading Yankees.

"He's had a nice run here for what seems to be stretched out for a significant amount of time," manager Paul Molitor said. "He's a player getting affirmed for making an adjustment."

Rosario's improvement has been buoyed by better plate discipline, which has always been an issue for him. He has incredibly quick hands, but has been a free-swinger much of his career. Rosario cut his swing percentage on pitches out of the zone from 45.6 percent in 2015 to 41.7 percent last year to 36.2 percent this year, per Fangraphs.com.

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"When you don't swing at balls," Rosario said, "you have more chance to have good contact on a strike."

Rosario's first homer came in the third off lefty Derek Holland, and Rosario got just enough of a 2-2 fastball to hit it the opposite way to left for a two-run shot. It was the first time he'd hit a homer to left field off a lefty in his career.

"To be able to take the lefty out the other way, I thought it was a really good at-bat," Molitor said. "He laid off some good pitches. He feels good about his game and his swing. He's letting the ball travel and letting those hands do the work."

Rosario's second homer -- a solo blast off right-hander Mike Pelfrey -- came on a first-pitch curveball in the seventh. Rosario's first homer was projected at 364 feet, but his second went an estimated 409 feet, per Statcast™. Rosario said he got the pitch he was looking for.

"I was waiting for that pitch," Rosario said. "I remembered last week in Chicago he threw me a first-pitch curveball, so I was looking for it this at-bat."

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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