Minnesota Twins Game Grades: Twins Rally Back for Win
The Minnesota Twins rallied for a win after losing a 4-0 lead.
The Minnesota Twins looked as if a familiar script this season would repeat itself tonight. The team had staked itself to a healthy lead only to have it quickly evaporate.
However, the offense battled back, retook the lead and then the bullpen held. It was a welcome change in narrative.
The Twins are now 18-40 with the win.
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Ricky Nolasco had the start for the Twins and was effective through the first four innings. But, in the 5th he fell apart and allowed 4 earned runs. He came out for the 6th but was pulled with 2 outs and in total was charged with all 5 runs.
Michael Tonkin and Buddy Boshers both failed to get their man and it took a third reliever, Trevor May, to get that elusive 3rd out.
Taylor Rogers had a scoreless inning with a strikeout and Ryan Pressly threw a clean 8th. Brandon Kintzler, newly thrust into the closer’s role, sealed the deal for the Twins.
Joe Mauer got the scoring going in the first inning with a solo shot. After a Kurt Suzuki RBI single in the 2nd, Trevor Plouffe put the Twins up by 4 with a 2 run homer. Plouffe was crucial in the game with that dinger and the go ahead RBI in the 7th that retook the lead
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The Twins will continue their set against the Miami Marlins at Target Field tonight. First pitch is at 7:10 PM CT. Ervin Santana gets the start for the Twins.