Buxton scores winning run in MLB debut as Twins beat Rangers

Posted at 6:06 PM, Jun 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-14 19:07:27-04

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Byron Buxton went 0 for 4 in his major league debut, but scored the winning run in the ninth inning to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

Buxton reached on a fielder's choice and scored from first base one out later on Eddie Rosario's double to center.

Casey Fien (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings and Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth for his American League-leading 22nd save as the Twins snapped a five-game losing streak.

Eduardo Escobar opened the ninth with a double to left field, and the 21-year-old Buxton - selected No. 2 in the 2012 draft - bunted back to Shawn Tolleson (1-1), who threw out Escobar at third base.

Joey Gallo and Leonys Martin homered for Texas.

The Twins' Brian Dozier opened the game with a home run, his 10th career leadoff shot and third this season.

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