MLB Game Summary - Philadelphia at Minnesota|
(Tuesday, June 11th)
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Philadelphia 2
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Justin Morneau ripped a go-ahead single in
the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory
over the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday in the opener of a three-game set
at Target Field.
The Phillies tied the game in the top of the eighth on Ryan Howard's two-out
base hit to right, but the Twins quickly answered in the bottom half, as Mike
Adams (1-4) issued a leadoff walk to Jamey Carroll before serving up a single
to Joe Mauer.
"If I can get that first batter out of the way then I'm fine," Adams said. "It
seems like after the first batter, it's a totally different pitcher and it's
just frustrating that it's putting me in a bad situation every time I go out
After Ryan Doumit's fielder's choice left runners on the corners, Adams got
Josh Willingham to pop out into foul territory for the second out.
Left-hander Antonio Bastardo then entered from the bullpen to face Morneau,
who fouled off four pitches before scorching a fastball back up the middle to
score Carroll for the deciding run.
Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his 14th save, while Brian
Duensing (1-1) was credited with the win, despite giving up Howard's game-
tying single in the eighth.
Morneau finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Oswaldo Arcia
added a run-scoring double for the Twins, who had lost four of their last five
coming into the contest.
Michael Young knocked in the other run for the Phillies, who have lost four
straight on the heels of a five-game winning streak.
Starting pitching was the story for most of the night, as Philadelphia's Cole
Hamels and the Twins' P.J. Walters both pitched effectively early on.
Hamels held the Twins to just two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts over
six frames, while Walters yielded just two runs -- one earned -- on six hits
over 7 1/3 strong innings.
With the Twins holding a 2-1 edge, Walters ran into trouble in the eighth,
serving up a pair of singles around a Young strikeout to spell the end of his
Duensing took over and fanned Jimmy Rollins for the second out, but Howard
stroked a single through the right side of the infield to tie the game.
"Our starter was fantastic, threw the ball great, and gave us a great
opportunity," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Walters. "Unfortunately we
couldn't hold it there, but a good baseball game."
Early on, the Phillies grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third when Young's two-out
single scored John Mayberry, who reached on an error to start the frame.
The Twins answered in the fourth, as Willingham and Morneau clubbed back-to-
back doubles, with the latter plating the former to knot the game at 1-1.
Arcia then launched a two-bagger of his own off the base of the wall
in straightaway center to score Morneau for a 2-1 edge.
Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere, who spent his first three seasons in
the majors with the Twins, returned to Minnesota for the first time since
being traded to the Phillies in the offseason. He went 1-for-4 ...
Philadelphia fell to 15-19 on the road ... The Phillies streak of 14 straight
games with a homer ended ... It was Willingham's 1,000th career game ...
Minnesota went 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left six on base.
06/12 01:01:59 ET