Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Danny Santana had three hits and Kurt
Suzuki finished 2-for-2 with the winning RBI in the Minnesota Twins’ 3-2 win
over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.
Mike Pelfrey (2-0) was strong yet again for Minnesota, yielding just a pair of
runs — one earned — on three hits over seven innings. He also struck out
seven batters, a total he hasn’t reached since Sept. 6, 2013.
Pelfrey has only given up two earned runs over his last 19 innings.
Anibal Sanchez (1-3) took the hard-luck loss after surrendering all three runs
over seven innings.
Minnesota trailed 2-1 through six innings but got to Sanchez in the home
seventh. Eduardo Nunez started the deciding two-run rally with a single to
center and scored on Eduardo Escobar’s two-bagger. After Oswaldo Arcia went
down swinging, Suzuki ripped a single to center to score Escobar.
Casey Fien pitched a 1-2-3 eighth for Minnesota, and Glen Perkins retired the
side in order in the ninth to pick up his sixth save.
Both pitchers were perfect through two. Pelfrey cracked first, walking Alex
Avila to start the top of the third inning and allowing him to score on an
Anthony Gose single three batters later.
The Twins answered a half-inning later on Santana’s RBI single up the middle.
Consecutive two-out doubles in the fourth by J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes
gave the Tigers their 2-1 lead.
The Tigers had won three straight games … Minnesota outhit Detroit, 10-3 …
Escobar stole his first base of the season.