San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Phil Hughes spun seven shutout innings and the Minnesota Twins blanked the San Diego Padres, 2-0, at Petco Park.
Hughes (5-1) scattered seven hits -- all singles -- struck out seven and did not walk a batter in winning his fifth consecutive decision.
Trevor Plouffe's solo homer and Chris Parmelee's sacrifice fly provided the offense for the Twins, who moved two games over .500 (23-21) for the first time this season.
Minnesota has won each of the last eight meetings against the Padres, including both in this two-game series.
Tyson Ross (5-4) struck out eight over seven solid innings and only gave up three hits and three walks, but was nonetheless saddled with the loss after the Twins manufactured a run off him in the sixth.
Joe Mauer walked with one away and swiped his second base of the season to get into scoring position. Plouffe's swinging bunt put runners on the corners, and Parmelee's flyout to left was deep enough for Mauer to score without a play at the plate.
Plouffe crushed Dale Thayer's payoff pitch into the second deck in left field in the eighth, and the combination of Casey Fien and Glen Perkins behind Hughes sent the Padres to their fourth loss in five games.
Perkins pitched a perfect ninth to collect his 14th save.