Mauer hits 100th career homer as Twins win in extras
WASHINGTON (Sports Network) - Ryan Doumit brought the go-ahead run home in the top of the 11th inning and the Minnesota Twins held on for a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals in the opener of a three-game interleague set at Nationals Park.
After Jamey Carroll's sacrifice bunt put the lead run in scoring position, Craig Stammen (3-2) intentionally walked Joe Mauer to get Doumit. Doumit then laced a single up the middle to put the visiting Twins ahead by a run.
Glen Perkins worked around a two-out single to notch his 13th save of the season and help Minnesota secure its eighth win in 11 games. Josh Roenicke (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th to earn the win.
Mauer had three hits, including the 100th homer of his career, and Brian Dozier knocked in a run for Minnesota in the victory.
Jayson Werth hit a two-run homer for Washington, which dropped its sixth game in its last eight contests.
The Nationals hadn't played since Wednesday due to a pair of rainouts.
"We had a couple of days off, and I was a little rusty myself," Gonzalez said. "I was trying to find the strike zone, but that's definitely not an excuse for myself."