the republic logo

Buxton goes 0 for 4 in MLB debut, scores winning run in 9th to lift Twins past Rangers, 4-3

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

ARLINGTON, Texas — sat in the dugout about an hour before making his major league debut and identified speed as his greatest baseball attribute.

He quickly got to show it off, too.

Despite going 0 for 4, Buxton streaked home with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Minnesota Twins beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 Sunday and ended a five-game losing streak.

"It's a day I'll cherish forever," Buxton said, "especially making my debut and getting the winning run across."

Regarded by many as the top prospect in baseball, the 21-year-old Buxton joined the Twins from Double-A. He batted ninth and played center, filling out a depleted Minnesota outfield.

opened the Twins ninth with a double. Buxton, picked No. 2 in the 2012 draft, tried to sacrifice but bunted back to (1-1), who threw out Escobar at third base.

Buxton said he hadn't sacrificed in a while — his last one came in 2013 in the Class A Midwest League.

With two outs, doubled to center and Buxton scored without a play.

Twins manager said the threat of Buxton stealing second — he had 20 in 59 games this season for Double-A Chattanooga — could have contributed to Rosario's success against Tolleson.

"Sometimes, that can lead to a mistake," Molitor said.

Buxton had scored a Southern League-high 44 runs when he was called up this weekend.

"He's got a beautiful stride. He runs like not too many people we've seen in this game," Molitor said.

The Twins were missing outfielders , who was serving his suspension for a uniform-tossing tirade, and injured .

(2-2) pitched two scoreless innings and pitched a perfect ninth for his American League-leading 22nd save as the Twins snapped a five-game losing streak.

Tolleson had been 8 for 8 in save situations since becoming the Rangers' closer in mid-May.

"I wasn't really putting myself in a good position there," he said.

The Twins' opened the game with a home run, his 10th career leadoff shot and third this season.

Dozier also doubled to increase his league-leading total of extra-base hits to 36. Nine of Minnesota's 11 hits were for extra bases.

and homered for Texas in the second inning off .

THREE'S COMPANY

The Twins matched a club record by hitting four triples, previously done in 1964. Three of them came in the sixth inning, yet they scored only one run in the inning — in part because was picked off third base when Escobar missed a squeeze sign. According to information provided to the Rangers by the Elias Sports Bureau, that's the only time in the past 50 years that a team hit three triples in an inning and scored fewer than two runs.

BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWS

Hughes gave up three runs in six innings, allowing multiple home runs for the fifth time in 13 starts. But both were solo homers. "If you're going to give them up, at least have nobody on," Hughes said. "It comes down to the fact that I haven't my stuff all year."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Buxton was added to the roster after Hicks (right forearm strain) was put on the disabled list Sunday.

Rangers: 3B (left thumb sprain) is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday, but said he still can't grip a bat.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP (4-4) gave up only one run in six innings in his last outing, June 9 against Kansas City, but took the loss in a 2-0 defeat.

Rangers: RHP (5-6), whose previous eight seasons were in the National League, has five consecutive quality starts against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

PHOTO: Minnesota Twins' Eduardo Nunez (9) is congratulated by Byron Buxton (25) after scoring on a triple by Shane Robinson against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 14, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
Minnesota Twins' Eduardo Nunez (9) is congratulated by Byron Buxton (25) after scoring on a triple by Shane Robinson against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 14, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


Photo Gallery:
PHOTO: Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton chases a ball during warmups before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, June 14, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
Click to view (7 Photos)

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.