But Perkins felt better on Thursday, and ended up picking up his 18th save of the year with a scoreless ninth to help the Twins snap a five-game losing streak.
"Having Perk back out there was nice to see," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "His first couple pitches we thought, 'Oh my,' and thought we might need to get the 'pen up. But he did fine."
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