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Twins Pelt Pelf, Tame Tigers 5-1

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Twins split the series with the Tigers, move 1 game closer to 60 wins

Good game! Nice job!
Good game! Nice job!
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Mike Pelfrey's day started out well, getting the first three batters he faced out, then all heck broke loose for him in the 2nd.  He gave up a lead off double to Kennys Vargas, then an RBI single to Max Kepler. A botched pick off attempt let Max get to third. Eduardo Escobar knocked Max in. Two bunts later, Brian Dozier hit a line drive to left field to bring both Eddies home. That was the end of Pelfrey's start as a smattering of Tigers fans booed him. 4-0 Twins.

Bottom of the 6th, Hector Santiago gave up a two-out RBI double to James McCann and Hector's day ended. 4-1 Twins.

Top of the 7th with two outs, Byron Buxton hit a line drive to center field and thanks to his speed (he was a blur on my radio) turned it into a triple. Dozier was intentionally walked and then stole second. But Kyle Ryan got Jorge Polanco to chase a ball to strike out and end the threat.

Buxton added an insurance run by batting in one of the Eddies in the top of the 9th. 5-1 Twins.

~Brian Dozier's 19-game hitting streak ties Nick Punto's July 4-28, 2006 streak.

~Dozier is the first Twin to hit a two-out, two-Eddie RBI (I think).

~Miguel Sano is back in Minneapolis having his sore back examined. A Strib sports blogger isn't buy this B.S.

W: Santiago, (12-8) 5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

L: Pelfrey (4-10) 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

STUDS:

Rosario 3 for 4, 2 runs

Dozier 1 for 3, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Vargas 2 for 4, 1 run, double

Buxton 2 for 4, 1 RBI, triple

DUDS:

None

Hiss: Tigers fans who booed Pelfrey. Dude just came off the DL and struggled in his rehab start, what did you expect from the guy? No wonder Joe Nathan chin-flicked you.

ROBOT ROLL CALL!

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Comment of the Game: St. Augustine -

Like this year.

But I have the premium I could go watch other teams win if I wanted to. But I don’t need to. I get to watch other teams win all the time when the Twins play them.