Mike Pelfrey turns in another poor start, Twins search for answers
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Yasiel Puig tied a career high with four hits and drove in two runs and Dan Haren struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings to help the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 9-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader on Thursday.
Haren (4-0) gave up four runs -- three earned -- and six hits with three walks and Juan Uribe also tied a career-high with four hits and two RBIs for the Dodgers. Chris Perez pitched 1 2/3 innings for his first save.
The Dodgers looked uncomfortable in the 40-degree weather in the first inning, when throwing errors by Carl Crawford in left field and catcher Miguel Olivo on the same play allowed Trevor Plouffe to score from first base on a bloop single by Jason Kubel to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.
But Pelfrey, who has not won a game at Target Field since April 16, 2013, gave the lead right back when his walk to Olivo loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning. Puig's two-run double made it 3-2 and the Dodgers scored two more on a double from Matt Kemp and a single from Uribe in the third to take control.
Puig also had singles in the first, fourth and sixth innings and walked in the eighth, the third time he's had four hits in a game. He is batting .400 (16 for 40) with three doubles and 12 RBIs in his past 10 games to raise his average to .308 for the season.
The Twins seemed poised for a big inning in the fifth when Dozier's single drove in two runs and a walk to Joe Mauer gave them runners on first and second with nobody out.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly then challenged a close play at second base, when Hanley Ramirez stabbed a line drive from Plouffe and, in one motion, flipped the ball from his glove to second baseman Dee Gordon to try and double up Dozier. Umpires ruled Dozier safe on the play, but after a two-minute replay, officials overturned the call and ruled Dozier out.
Jason Kubel grounded out in the next at-bat to end the inning and Haren escaped with a 5-4 lead.
The Dodgers added three more runs in the seventh off Samuel Deduno to take an 8-4 lead, with Uribe, Olivo and Crawford delivering run-scoring hits to give Haren some breathing room.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had a challenge of his own in the eighth inning when Kubel was called out on a play at second base. Gordon dropped the throw from Ramirez on the play, and replay officials quickly overturned the play to call Kubel safe.
--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.
--Red Patterson will make his MLB debut in the nightcap for the Dodgers against Twins LHP Kris Johnson. Both were called up to start the game under a provision that allows rosters to expand to 26 for a doubleheader.© The Associated Press