Jose Miranda scores 5 hits, Minnesota wins Detroit series

MINNEAPOLIS – Jose Miranda hit 5 for 5 with three doubles, four runs scored and three RBIs as the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 12-3 on Thursday. The game was called in the seventh inning because of rain.

The start was moved up an hour because of threatening weather forecasts. Rain began to fall steadily in the fourth inning, and the game was eventually suspended in the second half of the seventh inning and called off after a 30-minute delay.

Ryan Jeffers had three hits and four RBIs for the Twins, including his team-leading 14th home run. Max Kepler added two hits and two RBIs.

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“We work well as a team. Everyone has a good chance to hit,” said Miranda, who hit a career high with five hits. “There isn’t a single hitter that you could say is an easy out for our team. That’s great.”

Bailey Ober (8-4) allowed three runs – one earned – on seven hits and struck out eight times in six innings, earning his third straight victory. Minnesota has won six of its last seven series.

“We are happy,” said manager Rocco Baldelli. “It’s July. We never overestimate our game. Because anything can happen on any day. But I think the consistency with which we play on both sides of the ball is great and we have to keep doing that.”

Colt Keith hit a home run and Jake Rogers had two RBIs for the Tigers. Kenta Maeda (2-5) allowed nine runs on nine hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Minnesota chased Maeda by four runs after he retired the first two batters in the fourth inning. Miranda’s two-run double and Jeffers’ two-run homer did all the damage.”

Miranda got his fifth hit in the seventh inning just before play was suspended. Jeffers was next, and the first pitch slipped from reliever Shelby Miller’s hand and grazed the visor of Jeffers’ helmet. After a brief discussion, the umpires ordered both teams off the field and called for the tarp.

Twins: RHP Pablo López (8-6, 4.88 ERA) looks for his third straight win when the Twins begin a three-game home series against Houston on Friday night. López has allowed just one earned run in his last two starts and has 23 strikeouts in 14 innings.

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