The win takes the Twins into the second Wild Card spot. The red hot Twins had won eight of ten before their pitching was hammered Saturday in a 12-11 defeat at the Detroit Tigers.
Matt Belisle did what he could, but it was not enough.
The Twins had several chances to add insurance runs in their half of the ninth, but Miguel Sano struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning. The Twins are allowing an average of 3.2 runs during the winning streak and leaned heavily in the series opener on the bullpen, which responded by allowing one run and four hits in 4 1/3 innings in relief of ineffective starter Kyle Gibson. Santana did not receive a decision in a 5-4 win versus Milwaukee with are all four runs scoring (two earned) on six hits over six frames. Detroit (52-63) dropped 11 games under.500 with Friday's setback and has lost six of its last seven while allowing an average of seven runs in those losses. Detroit pounded out 13 hits and walked twice with Justin Upton, Jose Iglesias and James McCann each going deep and combining for eight RBI's and six runs on five hits.
Zimmermann went seven innings in each of his last three starts but took the loss last time out while surrendering three runs and five hits at Pittsburgh. Matthew Boyd toes the rubber for the Detroit Tigers with the Minnesota Twins in town on Sunday afternoon. "If it is beneficial to the team, I'm all for it".