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Minnesota Twins’ Josmil Pinto  hits a single in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Target Field in Minneapolis on Wednesday. Jesse Johnson / USA Today
Minnesota Twins’ Josmil Pinto hits a single in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Target Field in Minneapolis on Wednesday. Jesse Johnson / USA Today

Twins fall two runs short of ninth inning comeback

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MINNEAPOLIS — Zack Greinke worked six solid innings and Yasiel Puig recorded an RBI and two runs scored as the Los Angeles Dodgers took the opener of a three-game interleague set from the Minnesota Twins with a 6-4 win on Wednesday at Target Field.

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Juan Uribe drove in two and Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier each had two hits and an RBI for the Dodgers, who will try to take the series in a doubleheader today. Greinke (5-0) allowed an unearned run on seven hits while striking out six to join St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright as the only five-game winners in the majors.

Kyle Gibson (3-2) was reached for five runs on nine hits and three walks to suffer the loss for the Twins, who dropped back to .500 at 12-12. Eduardo Escobar went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and Trevor Plouffe drove in two in the bottom of the ninth as a late rally fell short.

Josmil Pinto singled and moved up on a passed ball before scoring on Escobar’s double in the second to give the Twins a quick lead, but the Dodgers came back in the next half-inning. Drew Butera led off with a single and scored on Hanley Ramirez’s two-out single before Gonzalez’s base hit to left scored Puig with the go-ahead run.

Puig led off the seventh with a single and scored on Ethier’s two-out double before Uribe greeted right-hander Michael Tonkin with a two-run single to right to put the game out of reach. Puig’s infield hit scored a run in the eighth and the Twins threatened in the ninth with a run before Kenley Jansen came in and gave up Plouffe’s double but retired Chris Colabello for the final out and his 10th save.

  • Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw struck out nine in five innings during his second rehab start for AA Chattanooga on Wednesday.
  • Los Angeles optioned C Tim Federowicz to Triple-A Albuquerque and purchased the contract of veteran C Miguel Olivo.
  • The Twins challenged a play at the plate in the third inning when Butera scored from second, but umpires confirmed the safe call after review.
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