Jeff Banister notes keys to Rangers' 3-2 win
Ian Desmond started the 10th inning with a home run, his third hit of the game, and Sam Dyson closed out a 3-2 victory Friday night snap a streak of two straight walk-off losses.
Martin Perez allowed two runs in seven innings, but both runs came on a Trevor Plouffe homer in the seventh after Jurickson Profar had just given the Rangers a 2-0 lead with a pinch single in the top off the inning.
Hitting: Ervin Santana wasn’t a strikeout machine as Michael Pineda was Thursday, but the Rangers had just about as much success Friday night against an opponent’s starter. ... Their best chance against Santana came in the first, when the Rangers had runners at first and second with one out. Adrian Beltre and Prince Fielder made decent contact but came up empty. ... The only Rangers hitter to collect a hit the next six innings was Ian Desmond, and he did it twice with a two-out single in the third and a one-out double in the sixth. This time, Nomar Mazara and Beltre couldn’t bring in a run. ... Jurickson Profar finally broke the drought in the seventh as a pinch hitter for Bobby Wilson with the bases loaded and one out. Profar cracked a two-run single to center for the game’s first runs. ... Desmond’s third hit of the game was his 15th homer of the season, a 418-foot shot to right-center to open the 10th.
Pitching: Martin Perez was brilliant early and used double plays in three straight innings to take a shutout into the seventh. ... Perez retired the first 10 batters he faced on 34 pitches before back-to-back walks in the fourth. Those were wiped out when Perez got Brian Dozier to bounced into an inning-ending double play. ... The Twins had their best threat in the fifth after consecutive singles to start the inning and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out. The Twins tried a squeeze play, but Kurt Suzuki popped up the bunt, and it turned into an easy threat-killing double play. ... In the sixth, a one-out walk to Joe Mauer was erased when Miguel Sano hit into a double play. ... Perez needed a double play after being given a 2-0 lead in the seventh after a leadoff single by Dozier, but Trevor Plouffe followed with a two-run homer into the flower box in right field to tie the score. ... Perez finished off the inning and was done having allowed two runs on five hits. He threw 100 pitches, walked three and struck out four. ... Matt Bush fell behind his first batter 3-0 but came back for a 1-2-3 eighth. ... Bush got the first two outs in the ninth and pitched around a two-out single by Plouffe and pitched around a two-out single in the ninth. ... Sam Dyson allowed a single to Max Kepler to open the 10th, but got the next three Twins for his 17th save.