Bullpen comes through for Twins in win over Astros

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Ryan Doumit hit the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, Minnesota's bullpen pitched six scoreless innings and the Twins beat the Houston Astros 6-4 on Saturday night.

After starter Kyle Gibson allowed four runs and nine hits in three innings, Anthony Swarzak struck out five in the next three innings and the American League's second-best bullpen came through for Minnesota.

Brian Duensing (4-1) followed with a scoreless seventh and Casey Fien a scoreless eighth to set up All-Star Glen Perkins for his 26th save.

Minnesota relievers allowed only one hit and struck out 10 over the game's last six innings.

Brett Wallace homered for Houston and Erik Bedard allowed three runs in six innings before leaving with a 4-3 lead.

Houston's bullpen entered the game with a 5.11 ERA - worst in the majors - and couldn't hang on to get Bedard his first win since June 26.

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