Palka has big day with 2 HRs vs. Phillies

March 22nd, 2016

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Twins scored four runs in the seventh inning on Tuesday to beat the Phillies, 7-5, in a Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field. Travis Harrison, Byung Ho Park and Eddie Rosario each knocked in runs against Phillies right-hander Andrew Bailey in the frame.

With the score tied in the sixth, the Phillies took a one-run lead when Emmanuel Burriss tripled and scored on a suicide squeeze by infielder Angelys Nina. It was the Phillies' third successfully executed squeeze in four games.

"It's something we have to do," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "We can't go toe to toe with the Blue Jays or a team like that. We don't have the pop that they do, but we can manufacture runs. We've been working hard at it, and it's paying off, for the most part."

Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff allowed four hits, three runs and two walks and struck out seven in four innings. It was his first Grapefruit League start after fracturing his right thumb last month while bunting. Twins right-hander Phil Hughes allowed nine hits and four runs and struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings.

Twins designated hitter Daniel Palka got the call from Minor League camp to help the team in a split-squad situation, and he took advantage of the opportunity, hitting solo home runs in the second and fourth innings.

The Twins acquired Palka from the D-backs in October. Minnesota's No. 29 prospect, according to MLBPipeline, he hit .280 with 29 homers and 90 RBIs in 129 games with Class A Advanced Visalia in 2015 and is expected to start the season in Double-A Chattanooga.

Up next for Twins: Right-hander Ricky Nolasco is set to start on Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. CT against the Rays at home. Nolasco, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, has a 7.36 ERA in three outings this spring. Other pitchers scheduled to see action include closer Glen Perkins, Casey Fien and Fernando Abad.

Up next for Phillies: Right-hander Charlie Morton starts on Wednesday night at 6:05 ET against the Astros in Kissimmee. Right-hander Andrew Bailey and left-hander Daniel Stumpf also are scheduled to pitch. Bailey, a non-roster invitee, is the favorite to open the season as the closer. Stumpf, a Rule 5 Draft pick, is fighting to win a job in the bullpen.