MLB Game Summary - Minnesota at San Diego|
(Wednesday, May 21st)
Final Score: Minnesota 2, San Diego 0
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Phil Hughes spun seven shutout innings and
the Minnesota Twins blanked the San Diego Padres, 2-0, at Petco Park.
Hughes (5-1) scattered seven hits -- all singles -- struck out seven and did
not walk a batter in winning his fifth consecutive decision.
"I wanted to throw strikes, be aggressive because I feel like my stuff is good
enough," Hughes said.
Trevor Plouffe's solo homer and Chris Parmelee's sacrifice fly provided the
offense for the Twins, who moved two games over .500 (23-21) for the first
time this season.
Minnesota has won each of the last eight meetings against the Padres,
including both in this two-game series.
Tyson Ross (5-4) struck out eight over seven solid innings and only gave up
three hits and three walks, but was nonetheless saddled with the loss after
the Twins manufactured a run off him in the sixth.
"You hate to spoil one of those starts when a guy throws as well as (Ross)
did," Padres third baseman Chase Headley said.
Joe Mauer walked with one away and swiped his second base of the season to get
into scoring position. Plouffe's swinging bunt put runners on the corners, and
Parmelee's flyout to left was deep enough for Mauer to score without a play at
Plouffe crushed Dale Thayer's payoff pitch into the second deck in left field
in the eighth, and the combination of Casey Fien and Glen Perkins behind
Hughes sent the Padres to their fourth loss in five games.
Perkins pitched a perfect ninth to collect his 14th save.
Minnesota was outhit, 8-4 ... Hughes' ERA has gone from 7.20 after three
starts to 3.15 ... Ross lowered his ERA to 2.64... Twins shortstop Danny
Santana struck out in all four of his at-bats ... Twins leadoff hitter Brian
Dozier went 0-for-4 to end a 10-game hitting streak ... Through 46 games, the
Padres have played 31 that were decided by two runs or less (15-16), the most
in the majors ... The Twins also swept the Padres in three-game sets in
2008 (at San Diego) and 2011 (at Minnesota).
05/22 01:54:07 ET