DETROIT (AP) — Stephen Gonsalves threw six scoreless innings, and Minnesota’s offense pounded Detroit’s pitching, helping the Twins beat the Tigers 8-2 on Wednesday.
Gabriel Moya started for Minnesota, but was replaced by Gonsalves in the second inning, marking the sixth time this season the Twins used an “opening pitcher.” Gonsalves (1-2) allowed one hit and a walk while striking out four.
Ehire Adrianza was 3 for 4 with three runs scored, Tyler Austin was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored and Willians Astudillo was 2 for 4 with three RBIs for the Twins, who swept the three-game series against the Tigers.
Tigers pitcher Spencer Turnbull (0-1) made his first major league start, allowing six runs and six hits and a walk in four innings.
The Twins got to Turnbull in the second inning, putting up four runs on three hits, a walk and two fielder’s choice groundouts. Austin and Adrianza each had RBI singles to spark the rally.
Minnesota added a pair of runs in the fourth inning, which included Astudillo’s RBI double. And the Twins added two runs in the eighth on Austin’s sacrifice fly and Astudillo’s RBI single.
The Tigers scored two ninth-inning runs on Nicholas Castellanos’ RBI double and Mikie Mahtook’s sac fly.
Twins: OF Eddie Rosario (right quad) and C Mitch Garver (concussion) were sent back to Minnesota and will not travel with the team to Oakland for its next series, manager Paul Molitor said Wednesday.
Tigers: 3B Jeimer Candelario left Tuesday’s game with a lumbar spine spasm. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said Wednesday that Candelario is day to day.
Twins: Play at Oakland on Friday. RHP Jose Berrios (11-11, 3.81 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for Minnesota.
Tigers: Host Kansas City on Thursday night. Detroit LHP Matthew Boyd (9-12, 4.08) is scheduled to face Royals RHP Jorge Lopez (2-3, 4.64).