Braves End 5 Game Losing Streak Tuesday Night, Beat Twins

By The Sports Xchange

MINNEAPOLIS — Adonis Garcia homered and Lucas Harrell pitched six strong innings to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field.

Almost 25 years since playing in one of the most epic World Series of all time, won by the Twins with a 1-0 victory in Game 7, the Braves and Twins locked up in another low-scoring game.

The stakes were a little different this time around; both Atlanta and Minnesota have the worst records in their respective leagues.

Both Harrell and Twins starter Ervin Santana were making perhaps their final starts with their clubs. Each have been mentioned among players who could change uniforms before Monday’s trade deadline.

Each shined Tuesday, with Harrell (2-2) giving up four hits and three walks in six shutout innings. The right-hander has allowed one earned run or fewer in three of his five starts since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier this month.

Santana (3-9) was good too, allowing single runs in the second and third innings before settling in and retiring 12 of the next 13 men he faced into the seventh.

The veteran right-hander went the distance, allowing two runs and seven hits while walking none and striking out five.

Minnesota offered Santana no support, however, stranding seven men and going 0-for-11 at the plate with runners in scoring position.

Garcia finished with two hits for the Braves, who improved to 2-6 on their nine-game road trip that concludes Wednesday.

Braves reliever Jim Johnson worked a spotless ninth for his third save of the season.

Adonis Garcia’s solo homer into the left field seats, his eighth of the season, gave the Braves a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Former Twins catcher A.J. Pierzynski doubled to lead off the third, advanced to third on a single by Erick Aybar and scored on a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Jace Peterson for a 2-0 advantage.

The Twins advanced a runner into scoring position in four of the first five innings but were unable to scratch anything across against Harrell, who worked around four hits and three walks during that stretch but was aided by four strikeouts.

NOTES: Braves RHP Julio Teheran, who left last Friday’s game at Colorado due to back tightness, will not need a stint on the disabled list. He is scheduled to start Saturday against the Phillies. … Twins C Kurt Suzuki returned to the lineup after missing one game because of a cut on his chin that required eight stitches. He was hurt when he took a foul tip to the mask against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. … Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe could begin a rehab assignment within the next week. Plouffe, who has been on the disabled list since July 4 with a fractured rib, said he hopes to head out by this weekend. … Atlanta and Minnesota will play the final game of a two-game series at Target Field on Wednesday. The Braves will send RHP Mike Foltynewicz (3-4, 3.79 ERA) to the mound against Twins RHP Tyler Duffey (5-7, 5.71).

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