Twins beat Price, Tigers
MINNEAPOLIS -- Danny Santana drove in two runs and scored three while falling a homer shy of the cycle as host Minnesota took the rubber match of the three-game series 8-4 over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
MINNEAPOLIS - Danny Santana drove in two runs and scored three while falling a homer shy of the cycle as host Minnesota took the rubber match of the three-game series 8-4 over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer registered two hits and two RBIs apiece while Trevor Plouffe and Kurt Suzuki each plated a run for the Twins, who improved to 8-7 in the season series with their seventh win in 24 overall contests. Kyle Gibson (12-11) halted his five-start winless streak, allowing four runs and seven hits over six innings.
Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with an RBI while Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez each recorded two hits and drove in a run for the Tigers, whose lead over second-place Kansas City in the American League Central was reduced to one-half game. Nick Castellanos notched an RBI and David Price (14-12) yielded five runs on eight hits and three walks over six frames.
The division rivals picked up where they left off Tuesday, with Detroit taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning on back-to-back RBI singles by Martinez and Castellanos before Minnesota received run-scoring hits from Dozier, Plouffe and Suzuki in the bottom half for a 3-2 edge. The Tigers jumped back in front in the second as Hunter plated Andrew Romine with a single and scored on Cabrera’s double.
Price protected the lead until the sixth, when Aaron Hicks recorded a one-out double and came home two batters later on Santana’s two-base hit to forge a tie. Al Alburquerque relieved Price and yielded Dozier’s RBI triple before being replaced by Kyle Ryan, who was greeted by Mauer’s run-scoring double that capped the rally.
Notes: Minnesota padded its lead with two runs in the eighth, as Santana and Mauer each delivered an RBI single. ... Twins SS Eduardo Nunez was the only player in the lineup without at least one hit.