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Twins 3, Rangers 2 : Twins come out on top

Timely hitting by Brian Dozier and solid pitching lead to a win.

Minnesota Twins  v Texas Rangers
Dozier knocks in 3 as Twins take series opener
Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images

Despite some early scoring threats by the Rangers.. Twins starter Phil Hughes was able to put in a solid outing by limiting damage and pitching out of jams. The Rangers struck first on an RBI double by Rougned Odor in the second inning scoring Mike Napoli and again in the 4th on a Joey Gallo single to right bringing in Napoli once more for a 2-0 lead.

The Twins took advantage of three walks in the 5th by Rangers starter Martin Perez when Brian Dozier lined a bases loaded double to left center field scoring Kennys Vargas, Chris Gimenez, and Byron Buxton. Buxton’s speed came into play on the drive scoring all the way from first base in what was the eventual game winning run.

Hughes settled in from there and was relieved after six innings of work. The Twins bullpen was able to lock things down for the remainder despite some hard hit balls by the Rangers which were fortunately run down and hauled in by the Twins outfield.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister was ejected in the ninth for loudly questioning the home plate umpires strike zone. He may have had a point. Score one for Chris Gimenez and improved pitch framing this season by the Twins.

(W) Phil Hughes (3-1) 2R 6H 2BB 2SO

(L) Martin Perez (1-3) 3R 6H 3BB 3SO

(SV) Brandon Kintzler (5)

Side Note: The Twins managed only six hits but showed good plate discipline by drawing six walks.

Studs: Phil Hughes, Brian Dozier, Twins Bullpen, Pitch Framing, Byron Buxton (2 walks)

Duds: No duds Twins win!!

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