Hughes Tops Verlander, Twins Win 2-1

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That's pretty cool.

In the game thread, I noted that the Twins were in a bad place, coming off three ugly losses to Cleveland and having to face Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer the next two days.  I then wrote, as an aside, "Watch them win both now."

Halfway home, guys.

Phil Hughes outdueled Verlander over seven very strong innings as Minnesota defeated Detroit 2-1.  It snaps the Twins' 3-game skid and gives Hughes his fourth consecutive decision.

Despite Hughes throwing just 86 pitches through 7, Ron Gardenhire removed him from the game.  (Per LaVelle's gamer, Hughes removed himself because he was getting pitches up in the zone, which Kurt Suzuki confirmed; he also explains why in the hell he fire alarms were going off in the top of the ninth.)  Casey Fien pitched a 1-2-3 8th, and Glen Perkins lost the shutout on an RBI double, but he's still okay in my book and the proud owner of nine saves on the season.

The Twins had their chances against Verlander early in the game, but threats in the 2nd and 3rd came up wanting.  They finally broke through against the Detroit ace in the 7th, when Suzuki's bases-loaded single scored the team's' first and only runs.  It was enough.  A much-needed good game.

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