Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Phil Hughes pitched seven innings of one-run ball while rookie Kennys Vargas hit a solo shot to power the Minnesota Twins to a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians Thursday at Target Field.
Hughes (14-6) allowed five hits with no walkS and eight strikeouts for his fifth quality start as the Twins (56-70) snapped a four-game losing skid and avoided a three-game series sweep.
The lone run Hughes allowed came on a solo shot from Zach Walters in the fifth inning. It was the second homer in as many days for Walters, and the first served up by Hughes since Aug. 5.
Corey Kluber (13-7) suffered his first loss since June 30 after surrendering three runs on six hits with four walks and eight strikeouts as the Indians fell to 64-62.
Vargas got the Twins on the board in the fourth with a solo shot to left field, ending a 20-inning scoreless streak for Minnesota’s offense. It was the fourth career homer for Vargas, and the first one allowed by Kluber since July 11.
After Walters hit a solo shot to tie the game, Vargas sparked the Twins’ breakaway in the sixth with a one-out double to left-center field before Oswaldo Arcia followed with a walk.
Trevor Plouffe came through with a go-ahead two-run double down the left-field line to give the Twins a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
After Hughes departed, reliever Casey Fien tossed a scoreless eighth, and Oswaldo Arcia added an insurance run with an RBI double in the bottom of the frame.
Closer Glen Perkins finished it off with a scoreless ninth to get his 32nd save of the year.