Minnesota 6, Detroit 2
When: 2:10 PM ET, Monday, September 7, 2020
Where: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Manny Gonzalez, 1B -
Todd Tichenor, 2B -
Chris Segal, 3B -
Eddie Rosario had a three-run double and Ryan Jeffers hit his first major league homer while having two hits and two RBIs to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday afternoon in Minneapolis.
Right-hander Michael Pineda allowed two runs and three hits over seven innings while picking up his first win of the season for the Twins (26-17), who won for the sixth time in seven games.
Byron Buxton also homered and doubled and Rosario and LaMonte Wade Jr. each finished with two hits as Minnesota improved to 18-5 at Target Field this season.
Pineda (1-0) walked two in his second start after missing the first 36 games of the season while finishing up a 60-game suspension for taking a banned diuretic. He struck out eight and became only the second Twins starter this season to work into the seventh inning, throwing 104 pitches, 67 for strikes.
Jeimer Candelario had two doubles and a walk and scored twice for Detroit (18-21). Michael Fulmer (0-1), who missed the entire 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, suffered the loss in his seventh start of the season, allowing four runs on four hits over 2 1/3 innings.
Jeffers gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the third inning when he drilled his first career home run 437 feet into the middle of the batter's eye in center field. Wade followed with a bloop double to left, Josh Donaldson walked and Brent Rooker singled to load the bases and chase Fulmer. Rosario then greeted reliever Daniel Norris with a double that hit the first-base bag on its way down the right field line to clear the bases and make it 4-0.
Detroit closed to 4-1 in the fourth when Candelario doubled and scored on a single by Willi Castro.
Jeffers singled in Jake Cave to increase the lead to 5-1 in the fourth. Candelario led off with a double down the left-field line in the seventh and scored one out later on a fielder's choice by Jorge Bonifacio to cut it to 5-2 before Buxton ended the scoring with his sixth home run of the season in the eighth.
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