Phil Hughes got the start and pitched beautifully as the Minnesota Twins found victory on Saturday night. It’s becoming a common occurrence for all of these things to come together on a Hughes start and Saturday was no different.
Hughes went 7.1 innings giving up only one run on seven hits in his outing. The run was technically earned, but the run scored when Norichika Aoki stole third but catcher Kurt Suzuki tried to throw Aoki out but instead threw the ball into left field. Aoki scored and gave the Royals an early 1-0 lead.
The score would stay that way until the seventh inning when the Twins would score three of their four runs. Danny Santana tied up the game when hitting into a fielder’s choice that scored Kurt Suzuki. Brian Dozier followed with an RBI double and Kennys Vargas topped off the innings scored with a sac fly to get the Twins out of the inning leading 3-1.
The Twins added another run in the eighth via a Kurt Suzuki solo home run.
Suzuki was the offensive star of the night for the Twins with the home run and being one of only two Twins to notch multiple hits. Both Suzuki and Jordan Schafer had two hits on Saturday. The Twins only got six hits as a team, but the team did walk six times.
Glen Perkins closed out the game for his 31st save of the year.
Here’s the boxscore for Saturday’s victory.