American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Detroit|
(Friday, June 13)
Final Score: Minnesota 2, Detroit 0
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Eduardo Escobar drove in both runs and Kyle
Gibson tossed seven shutout innings as the Minnesota Twins took a 2-0 victory
over the Detroit Tigers in the opener of a three-game set.
Escobar homered and Kurt Suzuki, Joe Mauer and Kendrys Morales each singled
for the Twins, who needed just four hits to win their third straight game.
Starter Kyle Gibson (6-5) gave up just five hits and two walks with three
strikeouts to earn the win.
"We held our own tonight," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It was a fun
Alex Avila and Nick Castellanos both doubled for Detroit, which has dropped
four of its last five. Starter Drew Smyly (3-5) absorbed the loss after giving
up one run on four hits and three walks over six innings.
Escobar opened the scoring in the third after crushing a slider over the wall
in left. Danny Santana and Josh Willingham walked and Joe Mauer singled to
load the bases with one out, but Morales struck out and Oswaldo Arcia popped
up to short to leave the runners stranded.
The Tigers squandered a prime opportunity in the fifth. After loading the
bases, Gibson recovered to get Miguel Cabrera to ground into a double play,
ending the frame.
Joe Nathan came on to pitch for the Tigers in the ninth. Willingham reached on
a throwing error by shortstop Eugenio Suarez and was replaced by pinch-runner
Sam Fuld. After Morales flied out, Fuld moved to second on a wild pitch. Arcia
grounded out, but Trevor Plouffe walked and Eduardo Nunez was hit by a pitch
to load the bases.
Escobar worked an 11-pitch walk, ushering in a run to make it 2-0. Phil Coke
took over for Nathan and struck out Santana to limit the damage.
Glen Perkins pitched a scoreless ninth for his 17th save of the season.
"It seems like we take a step forward and then two steps back," Tigers manager
Brad Ausmus said.
Cabrera extended his hitting streak to seven games ... Twins second baseman
Brian Dozier was scratched from the lineup with a stiff back ... Minnesota
leads the season series 4-2 ... Mauer moved into sole possession of eighth
place on the Twins' all-time list for games, passing Bob Allison with 1,237.
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