A day after the Twins called out center fielder Aaron Hicks, he delivered. Hicks’ two-out, RBI single in the 10th gave the Twins their second walk off this season in a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox at Target Field on Thursday. Both walk offs occurred in this three-game series against the defending champions. Catcher Kurt Suzuki recorded his third hit in the game on a one-out double to left in the 10th. After right fielder Chris Parmelee struck out, it set the scene for Hicks’ walk-off single to left field off reliever Andrew Miller. It was his first career walk off hit. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and assistant general manager Rob Antony both criticized Hicks’ preparation on Wednesday. He was hitting .167 entering the game. Closer Glen Perkins recorded his second blown save in 12 opportunities this season. Up 3-1 in the ninth, Perkins loaded the bases with one out on a single to left fielder Mike Carp. After Perkins struck out catcher David Ross, third baseman Will Middlebrooks grooved a first-pitch fastball into right field for a bases-loaded, two-RBI single with two outs to tie the game. Phil Hughes received a no decision as a result, snapping a four game-win streak after recording a season-high eight strikeouts against the defending champions. He gave up a run on five hits in six innings. It was Hughes’ fifth straight game he pitched at least six innings and the fourth consecutive outing that he hasn’t allowed a walk.
Hicks drives in winning run in Twins 4-3 win over Boston
Minneapolis Star Tribune | May 16