The Minnesota Twins snapped their five-game losing streak, by beating the Texas Rangers 4-3 in Byron Buxton’s major league debut. The Twins were able to snap their losing streak thanks to nine extra base hits.
Brian Dozier got things started for the Twins with a lead-off home run. It was Dozier’s third lead-off home run and his 13th home run of the season. The Twins second baseman also hit his 20th double of the season. Not only is Dozier doing it with the bat, he’s doing it with the leather. In the third inning Dozier man a leaping grab that robbed Joey Gallo of a hit and was able to flip it to Eduardo Escobar for a double play.
The Twins hit four triples and no, none of them were hit by the savior, Buxton. Three of the Twins triples came in the sixth inning. Despite, the three triples in the inning, the Twins were able to only score one run in the inning.
In his major league debut, Buxton went 0-4 with two strikeouts. It may have been a day to forget at the plate, but Buxton’s speed was on display when he scored the game winning run in the ninth inning off Eddie Rosario’s double.
Relief pitcher, Casey Fien picked up the win for the Twins. Fien pitched two innings out of the bullpen and recorded three strikeouts. Twins closer, Glen Perkins picked up his 22nd save of the season. He is now 22 for 22 on the year in save opportunities.
It may not have been a debut to remember for Buxton, but he helped the team win and that’s all that matters. Things are just getting started for the Buxton.
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