MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lance Lynn gave up five hits over 6 2/3 innings in his most efficient outing of the season, and Brian Dozier drove in three runs with a pair of doubles to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 6-0 on Tuesday night.
Lynn (2-4) lowered his jumbo ERA from 7.47 to 6.34 in his ninth start, striking out four and walking one. Dozier’s two-run liner capped a three-run, fifth inning for Minnesota, which won its third straight game. Ehire Adrianza added a pair of RBI doubles.
Detroit’s Matt Boyd (2-4) left with a left oblique spasm after walking the first two batters of the bottom of the fifth. Pitching coach Chris Bosio visited the mound and immediately called for manager Ron Gardenhire and an athletic trainer.
Boyd gave up two runs, one hit and a season-high four walks.
Detroit was 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and has scored 13 runs while losing six of its past seven games.
Lynn entered with an average of seven walks per nine innings this season, more than double his career mark entering the year. He walked four batters in three innings in his previous start, a loss to St. Louis, but was sharper against the Twins.
Lynn stranded four runners over the first three innings, getting a pair of double plays. He retired 12 of 14 at one point but left after hitting Jacoby Jones and walking Jose Iglesias in the seventh. Ryan Pressly struck out pinch-hitter Mikie Mahtook to end the inning.
Tigers: Detroit signed LHP Kevin Chapman and assigned him to Triple-A Toledo. Chapman, who last pitched in the majors in 2016 for Houston, was playing in an independent league with the New Britain Bees.
Twins: Minnesota recalled OF Ryan LaMarre from Triple-A Rochester to take the spot open when it designated Phil Hughes for assignment. LaMarre started on Tuesday in right field and was 0 for 2. He’s hit .314 in 21 games with the Twins this season. … Minnesota acquired 1B Chris Carter from the Los Angeles Angels for cash. Carter, who led the National League with 41 home runs in 2016, was hitting .255 with 13 homers in 38 games Triple-A Salt Lake.
Tigers: 3B Jeimer Candelario is heading to Toledo to begin a rehab assignment. Candelario has taken batting practice before games as he makes his way back from left wrist tendonitis. He could join Detroit this weekend against the White Sox. … 1B Miguel Cabrera continues to take pregame batting practice but there is no timetable on his return or a potential rehab assignment.
Twins: Manager Paul Molitor said 1B Joe Mauer is doing “a little better” as he deals with a neck strain and concussion-like symptoms. Mauer spent two days at home but has returned to the park for treatment the past two days. … 3B Miguel Sano homered in a rehab start for Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday night. Sano could return to join the team Friday in Seattle.
Detroit RHP Michael Fulmer (1-3, 4.35 ERA) stars the series finale. with Minnesota sending RHP Kyle Gibson (1-2, 3.96) to the mound. Fulmer allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mariners in his last outing. Gibson lost his last start after giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings at home against Milwaukee.
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