The Twins got reacquainted with an old pal Friday night — their ability to draw lots of walks — but it didn’t do them much good. Tim Lincecum walked six batters over his six innings in the series opener, and the Twins drew seven overall, though not one of the free runners came around to score.

Still, it was a note­worthy event. The Twins drew a half-dozen or more walks 13 times between Opening Day and May 1, but the free passes have dried up; Friday was only the second time it had happened since then. The Twins averaged 5.13 walks per game in April, a franchise-record pace, but they had collected only 3.10 per game in May.

All those extra runners made it easier to score, and their absence shows now, too. The Twins averaged 5.45 runs per game in April but only 3.48 in May. They scored six or more runs 11 times through May 3 but reached the number only once in the three weeks since.

But that’s no reason for alarm, Brian Dozier said, because as he pointed out, the record hasn’t suffered. The Twins went 12-12 in April and entered Saturday night’s game 11-10 in May.