SAN DIEGO (AP) — Phil Hughes threw seven shutout innings and Trevor Plouffe homered in the Minnesota Twins’ 2-0 victory over the punchless San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
Padres starter Tyson Ross nearly matched Hughes, allowing one run on three hits over seven innings, walking three and striking out eight.
Chris Parmelee’s sacrifice fly to left in the sixth scored Joe Mauer and Plouffe hit his third home run in the eighth.
Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth to collect his 14th save in 16 chances.
Hughes came over from the Yankees in the offseason, signing a $24 million, three-year deal. He won his fifth straight decision and didn’t walk a batter for the fifth consecutive start, while striking out seven.
The Padres have been shut out eight times, tops in the majors.