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Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober (17) throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

By MIKE COOK Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bailey Ober pitched six solid innings, and the Minnesota Twins erased a five-game deficit by beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Saturday.

Byron Buxton and Austin Martin each had two singles for Minnesota, which scored three runs on sacrifice flies.

Wenceel Pérez, Javier Báez and Kerry Carpenter each made a run for Detroit. Matt Vierling had two of the Tigers’ five hits.

Ober (1-1) struckout six and walked one. He retired his first 13 batters, and his streak of shutout innings reached 15 before Pérez’s RBI triple in the sixth.

“We had to work for the win and that feels good. We went out and did some really positive things and those things started with Bailey on the mound,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

The 6-foot-2 right-hander has allowed eight hits and two earned runs in 16 innings over three starts since scoring eight runs in 1 1/3 innings in his first outing on March 31.

“I had a coach in college who said you’re only as good as your last outing,” said Ober. “I’ve been following that a lot lately, but after you have that first outing, you kind of think about it, like, ‘Oh, that’s not what you want to be known as.’ I looked into it a bit. And in my head I thought you’re only as good as your next outing.

Minnesota’s bullpen almost squandered Ober’s start.

Báez made it 4-2 when he doubled for Vierling in the seventh. But Cole Sands limited the damage by eliminating Parker Meadows on a pop-up to third base and striking out pinch-hitter Mark Canha.

Carpenter’s single in the eighth inning off Kody Funderburk brought the Tigers within one, but Matt Bowman retired Vierling to end the inning.

Griffin Jax pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save. Meadows flew to the warning track for the final out.

‘He thinks it will probably be gone in the summer’ Detroit manager AJ Hinch said.

Reese Olson (0-3) allowed five hits in five innings for the Tigers and struck out four. Only two of the four runs he allowed were earned. Detroit has allowed at least two unearned runs in four straight games.

A pair of infield errors in the fifth inning put the Twins up 4-0.

Martin reached base on a throwing error by Báez to start the inning and scored three batters later on a miscue by Spencer Torkelson that could have resulted in an inning-ending double play. A sacrifice fly by Trevor Larnach scored Ryan Jeffers.

“If you’ve got a team there that’s absolutely not hitting well, you can’t give them free bases. It’s the big leagues, they’re going to benefit no matter what.” Torkelson said.

Minnesota is hitting .194 as a team.

Willi Castro hit a sacrifice fly in the second, and Jeffers hit one in the third.


Tigers: 3B Gio Urshela was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right hamstring strain. INF Buddy Kennedy was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.

Twins: RHP Daniel Duarte will undergo season-ending elbow surgery on May 8 with Dr. Keith Meister. … Athletic trainer Nick Paparesta said SS Carlos Correa, sidelined by a mild intercostal strain, has made good progress in rehabilitation and is expected to begin some baseball activities next week. … Closer Jhoan Duran (right oblique strain) is expected to pitch next week at Triple-A.


The three-game series concludes Sunday with Detroit’s Casey Mize (0-0, 4.11 ERA) and Minnesota’s Louie Varland (0-3, 8.36 ERA) taking the mound.