Minnesota nab Gardenhire 1,000th career victory against Cleveland
April 7, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Kyle Gibson limited Cleveland to one run in his season debut after Brian Dozier led off the game with a home run, leading Minnesota to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday and giving Twins manager Ron Gardenhire his 1,000th career victory.
Gibson (1-0) allowed three hits in five-plus innings as the Twins snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Indians.
Gardenhire, who has managed Minnesota since 2002, joined Tom Kelly as the only managers in Twins history to reach 1,000 wins.
Gardenhire is the fifth active manager to hit the milestone and the 10th in major league history to get every one of the wins with the same team. The 56-year-old “Gardy” has guided the Twins to six AL Central titles.
Dozier homered on the second pitch from Carlos Carrasco (0-1).
Tigers 7, Orioles 6 Torii Hunter homered and drove in five runs, and the Detroit Tigers withstood a five-run ninth inning by Baltimore.
Rick Porcello (1-0) allowed a run and three hits in 6 2-3 innings in his first start of the season, and the Tigers (4-0) remained baseball's only undefeated team. But the Orioles nearly pulled off a remarkable rally after trailing 7-1 entering the ninth.
Joe Nathan got the final two outs for his first save with the Tigers, retiring Chris Davis on a flyout with two on to end it.
Mariners 3, Athletics 1 Felix Hernandez took a shutout into the ninth inning and Dustin Ackley and Abraham Almonte hit home runs.
Hernandez (2-0) retired the first 11 batters on the way to his 16th career win over the Athletics, his most against any team. Hernandez walked one and struck out eight while allowing a run on six hits over 8 1/3 innings.
Fernando Rodney got the final two outs to record his first save with the Mariners. Robinson Cano had two hits.
Dan Straily (0-1) allowed three runs on six hits over his six innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
Rays 5, Rangers 4 James Loney hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning.
Loney lined an opposite-field drive off Neal Cotts (0-1) that went over left fielder Shin-Soo Choo and put the Rays up 5-4. Brandon Gomes (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth before Grant Balfour got the final three outs for his first save.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, April 5. (AP)