Twins score three in the 11th, rally all game to beat PhilliesMinnesota Sports
- Delmon Young drove in the go-ahead run during a three-run 11th inning, as Minnesota rallied from a pair of five-run deficits to top Philadelphia, 13-10, in the middle contest of a three-game inter-league set from Citizens Bank Park.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Delmon Young drove in the go-ahead run during a three-run 11th inning, as Minnesota rallied from a pair of five-run deficits to top Philadelphia, 13-10, in the middle contest of a three-game inter-league set from Citizens Bank Park.
Matt Tolbert followed with a two-run double to add insurance for the Twins, who had lost two in a row including the series opener on Friday.
Joe Mauer hit a game-tying two-run homer as part of a five-run ninth inning for Minnesota, which got a two-run shot from Jim Thome along with a solo blast and three RBI from Justin Morneau.
Jon Rauch (2-1) surrendered a game-tying pinch-hit homer to Ross Gload in the 10th inning and was saddled with a blown save, but turned in a scoreless 11th for the win.
"We just talked about playing nine innings. This ballpark loves to see that and anything can happen," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "The ball flies out of here pretty good. We just kept plugging away and keep going, keep grinding it out and see what happens."
The win was a big pick-up for starter Kevin Slowey, who was tagged for seven hits and seven runs while recording only five outs.
Chase Utley finished with three hits and three RBI while Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Wilson Valdez and Jayson Werth went deep for the Phillies, who had won three in a row.
Danys Baez (2-3) was charged in the loss with two hits and three runs over the final Minnesota at-bat.
Starter Cole Hamels worked seven innings, yielding five hits and four runs (three earned) with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Baez walked Mauer with one out then Morneau was given a free pass before Rauch sacrificed both runners. Young's single to short brought in Mauer, then Tolbert drilled a double to left to score two more for a 13-10 game.
Rauch worked around a two-out double by Utley by striking out Howard to end the game.