Dodgers cap off doubleheader, sweep of Twins in 12-inning, 5-hour game
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Scott Van Slyke and Drew Butera homered in the 12th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 to earn a sweep of the day-night doubleheader on Thursday night.
Adrian Gonzalez also homered for the Dodgers, who stranded 16 runners in the 5 hour, 11-minute game.
Yasiel Puig tied a career high with four hits in Los Angeles' 9-4 Game 1 win and added two more in the nightcap. Before grounding out in the fifth, Puig had reached base in nine consecutive plate appearances.
Joe Mauer had three hits for the Twins, who walked 12 in the second game and 18 in both games.
Van Slyke led off the 12th and lined a 2-1 pitch from Brian Duensing (0-1) into the bullpen in left-center field. Butera hit his first homer since July 12, 2012, two batters later.
Jamey Wright (2-1) didn't allow a run in three innings of relief.
Kenley Jansen loaded the bases in the 12th and allowed a Mauer sacrifice fly, but got Chris Colabello to line out to first for his 11th save in 13 chances.
Juan Uribe had four hits and two RBIs in the first game and another RBI in the second.
When Puig wasn't getting hits, he still grabbed the spotlight.
The Cuban outfielder was tagged out when he flinched toward second after beating out an infield single in his first at-bat in Game 2. In the bottom of the first, Puig airmailed the cut-off man on a sacrifice fly, allowing two Twins runners to advance.
Home plate umpire Tim Timmons missed a catcher's interference call when Puig fouled off the first pitch during a key at-bat in the sixth.
Los Angeles left the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh, with the threat in the seventh ending after second-baseman Brian Dozier dove to snare a line drive from Dee Gordon.
Neither team's inexperienced starter, both called up to start under a provision that allows rosters to expand to 26 for a doubleheader, finished the fifth inning.
Minnesota's Kris Johnson lasted 4 1/3 innings in his Twins' debut.
Wearing his powder-blue socks high and a pink band around his head to keep his glasses on, Red Patterson was removed after allowing one run and walking three over 4 2/3 innings.
Minnesota took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Trevor Plouffe reached second on Uribe's throwing error and came home on another throwing error when reliever Brandon League rushed to try and retire Chris Colabello on a dribbler to the mound.
The Dodgers tied it when Van Slyke led off the sixth with a triple and scored on Uribe's single.
Minnesota center-fielder Aaron Hicks banged his head on the wall leaping to try and catch Van Slyke's triple and left the game with concussion-like symptoms.
The pitching wasn't great in Game 1, but it was much better than the never-ending night game.
Dan Haren (4-0) struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings to win the first game.
Mike Pelfrey (0-3), who hasn't won at Target Field since April 16, 2013, gave up five runs and seven hits and walked three in four innings for the Twins.
Both teams combined to use 20 pitchers.
-- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, on the disabled list since after his first start of the season with strained shoulder, threw 86 pitches and allowed two runs in five innings in a start for Double-A Chattanooga on Wednesday night and appears in line to rejoin the rotation early next week.
-- Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 6.67 ERA) starts for the Twins Friday against Baltimore and Ubaldo Jimenez (0-4, 6.59) in the first game of a three-game series.
-- The Dodgers continue their nine-game roadtrip Friday in Miami as Josh Beckett (0-0, 2.45) faces Tom Koehler (2-2, 2.97).© The Associated Press