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Digital Content Manager | KFAN.com
The Minnesota Twins entered their three-game series with the Detroit Tigers with only one loss on their record and left with three after losing two of the three games.
In the series opener, the Twins would lose their second game of the season as they fell 2-1 despite a solid pitching performance from Hector Santiago who went 6.1 innings and allowed just three hits and two runs while walking one and striking out one. Santiago really made only one mistake as he gave up a two-run home run to James McCann and otherwise pitched perfectly. Minnesota mustered only five hits in the ballgame, two of which came from Jason Castro.
The second game of the series was going well for Minnesota as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind a lead-off homer from Brian Dozier and a bases loaded two run single from Joe Mauer. Unfortunately, that's where the offense ended. With the Twins leading 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth and Kyle Gibson on the mound for Minnesota, Andrew Romine blasted a grand slam to give Detroit a 5-3 lead and that's how it would end as the Twins suffered their third loss of the young season.
Minnesota did manage to salvage the last game of the series as they came out swinging, blasting three home runs off Tigers' pitchers en route to an 11-5 rout to close the series and earn their sixth win of the season. Robbie Grossman drilled a two-run home run, Max Kepler hit his first dinger of the season and Miguel Sano blasted his third. Phil Hughes pitched 5.2 innings allowing five hits and four runs while walking three, striking out five and picking up his second win of the season.
The Twins will now kick-off a 10-game homestand with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox, a team that Minnesota took two of three from in Chicago earlier this season.