Four Twins relief pitchers (Anthony Swarzak, Brian Duensing, Casey Fien, Glen Perkins)combined for six shutout innings and 10 strikeouts in Minnesota’s win over Houston. It’s the first time since 1971 that the Twins bullpen combined for that many scoreless innings and strikeouts in a nine-inning game. The last time they had such a game was on September 16, 1971 at Milwaukee. The Twins relief pitchers in that game were Steve Luebber, Hal Haydel and Tom Hall.
Francisco Liriano improved to 12-4 with a 2.02 earned-run average in 16 starts for the Pirates this season. Liriano is only the third Pirates pitcher since 1912 – the first year the National League began compiling earned runs – to win 12 or more games with an ERA under 2.25 in his first 16 starts of a season. Rip Sewell did it in 1943 (12-2, 2.22 ERA) and Dock Ellis in 1971 (12-3, 2.24).