On a day when the Twins shut down one young starter for the season — the club placed Bailey Ober on the injured list with a right hip strain before Tuesday’s game — they recalled another.
And that starter, lefty Charlie Barnes, turned in the first scoreless start of his young major league career, helping lead the Twins to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night at Target Field.
Barnes has spent the second half of the season shuffling between Minneapolis and St. Paul, at one point taking hold of a rotation spot for the month of August after the Twins dealt two starters at the trade deadline.
But like Barnes himself, the results have also been up and down. Not on Tuesday. In four innings against the Tigers on Tuesday, Barnes navigated his way through traffic to keep the Tigers off the board.
Jorge Alcala, Tyler Duffey, Caleb Thielbar, Ralph Garza Jr. and Alexander Colomé followed him into the contest, keeping the Tigers off the board in the series opener until the ninth inning.
Offensively, Byron Buxton’s legs and Miguel Sanó’s bat helped back their effort.
Buxton reached first on a walk in the third, swiped second shortly after, advanced on a flyout and came home to score on Mitch Garver’s sacrifice fly to give the Twins a lead.
Sanó’s seventh-inning home run gave the Twins a two-run lead and was his 30th of the season, marking the second time in his career that he reached that mark. He first hit the milestone in 2019, when he set a career high with 34 home runs.
Max Kepler added another sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, which proved to be the game-winning run when Colomé gave up a pair of runs in the ninth.