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Jorge López gets 1st save with Twins in 4-1 win over Tigers

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MINNEAPOLIS – Trade Acquisition Jorge Lopez earned his first save with the new team, rookie Sandy Leon drove two runs and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1.

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Carlos Correa as well as Gio Urshela added RBIs for the Twins, whose Central American League lead remains one game over Cleveland.

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Walking in to rapturous applause, Lopez, an All-Star signed Tuesday from Baltimore, made his 20th save of the season by going 1-2-3 in the ninth inning.

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“This is the time when just thinking about being here, being in this place, being the first one is just fun. Really fun to watch these guys every day. I love it,” Lopez said.

He only needed seven innings, including a three-pitch strikeout. Eric Haase.

“I love going there, hurry up. If it’s not, we fight,” Lopez said.

Lopez came out after the Minnesota starting lineup Joe Ryan bounced back from his career-worst matchup with five mostly solid innings. Michael Fulmer then went to a scoreless inning on his debut for the Twins against the team he was traded from on Tuesday before Caleb Tilbar as well as John Duran each threw a scoreless frame.

“We saw guys with some kind of electric stuff. They made good passes. They threw the ball the way they wanted to,” said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli. “We’ve seen some high-end sliders from Fulmer. We saw Lopez come out and have as dominant and clean a half as you’d like. It’s very interesting to pass the ball to these guys, let them do their job there. But these are really good looking things from our bullpen and Joe Ryan.”

Rocked Saturday in San Diego with 10 earned runs and five home runs in 4 2/3 innings, Ryan (8-4) tied a season-high with nine strikeouts — also on April 27 against Detroit — and allowed three hits as he dominated again. over the tigers. In three 2022 starts against Detroit, Ryan is 3-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings.

He hit two batters in the fifth before Riley GreenRBI single.

“I didn’t really have a good opinion on my change that worked last time, so I think they probably sat on it a little more because it worked so well last time. Just catching up, attacking the attackers,” Ryan said.

Acquired Tuesday from Cleveland, Leon scored two goals, including a double with two runs in his second game for Minnesota. He’s had two 15 at-bats for the Guardians this season, spending most of the year in the minors.

Correa’s linear drive almost missed in sixth Byron Buxton near second base, but broke through as the fast Buxton raced home.

Harold Castro had three of Detroit’s four hits.

Detroit scored 14 on Wednesday, 41 in a three-game streak, and 148 in 17 games against Minnesota this season.

“He beat us like Joe Ryan did today with fastballs in the zone. It’s one thing when you’re racing and another when you’re beaten in the zone,” said manager AJ Hinch. “… When you swing and miss like that, it’s hard to act offensively. ”

Making his second start in a row after two months in the bullpen, Tyler Alexander (2-5) was a loser who allowed two hits and struck out five out of five innings. He eliminated the Twins in order in four of those frames.


Detroit played 53 day games, the most in baseball, and 52 night games. It was Minnesota’s 48th game day and the White Sox finished fourth in the majors. Cleveland played 51 and Oakland 50.


Both teams made a quartet of moves before the game. Minnesota made another one after.

Detroit posted LHP Underwater thrust (left hand fatigue) on 15-day injured list backdated to Tuesday and reinstated by RHP Vili Peralta (tension of the left hamstring) from IL. The Tigers also selected IF Zack Short for Triple-A Toledo and withdrew OF Daz Cameron from mud chickens.

In Minnesota, a tilbar (left hamstring sprain) was repaired after a 15 day IL. Leon’s contract was selected from Triple-A St. Paul. RHP Joe Smith was named for the assignment and C Caleb Hamilton was transferred to St. Paul.

LHP Giovani Moran St. Paul will be selected to make way for a starter Tyler Male, acquired on Tuesday in Cincinnati. Mahle should be activated tomorrow.


Tigers: drifted 0 out of 19, DH Miguel Cabrera didn’t play. Hinch said Cabrera’s right knee was bothering him and he plans to give the 39-year-old a few more scheduled days off before the end of the season.

Twins: Buxton got 1 for 3 as the team’s DH after sitting with a sore right knee for the past two days, which was carefully assessed by coaches on Tuesday.


Tigers: Welcome to Tampa Bay on Thursday for the first of four games. Detroit Drew Hutchison (1-4, 4.53) must counter Rays LHP Geoffrey Springs (3-3, 2.70).

Gemini: RHP Sonny Gray (6-3, 3:41) should come out Thursday when Minnesota kicks off a four-game home streak with Toronto. Alec Manoa (11-5, 2:43) – Planned starting lineup for the Blue Jays.

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