Mauer gets RBI in first game backMinnesota Sports
-- Joe Mauer knocked in a run in his first action since April 12, and Michael Cuddyer added an RBI for the Twins, who posted their fifth straight victory.
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Danny Valencia hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning, and Ben Revere knocked in the deciding run in the fourth as Minnesota escaped with a 6-5 decision over San Diego in the first edition of a three-game series at Target Field.
Joe Mauer knocked in a run in his first action since April 12, and Michael Cuddyer added an RBI for the Twins, who posted their fifth straight victory.
"It felt so good just to get back in the atmosphere and go home," Mauer admitted. "I was real excited to get out there with my teammates and get a win."
Brian Duensing (4-6) worked six innings for the win, allowing seven hits and two runs while fanning five. Matt Capps turned in a scoreless ninth for his 10th save.
Ryan Ludwick hit a three-run homer and Chase Headley finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and drove in the other two runs for the Padres, who have dropped six of seven.
Clayton Richard (2-9) was tagged in defeat for 10 hits and six runs -- five earned -- over five-plus frames.
In the fourth, Jason Repko stroked a two-out single and advanced on a throwing error. He scored when Revere followed with a base hit to give the Twins a 6-1 edge.
Duensing served up a one-out walk to Alberto Gonzalez in the fifth, and he came around to score on Headley's two-out double.
The Twins wasted a two-on, one-out situation in the home sixth, and it came back to haunt the home team in the Padres' next turn at the plate. Consecutive two-out hits from Jason Bartlett and Headley against Alex Burnett preceded Ludwick's long homer to left which pulled the visitors within 6-5.
Glen Perkins shut the door in the eighth and Capps retired the side in order in the ninth to preserve the narrow victory.
Minnesota provided Duensing with a significant cushion early, tallying five times in the first inning. Revere reached on an error, advanced on an Alexi Casilla single but was caught stealing third. Casilla went to second on a wild pitch then came in thanks to a Mauer RBI single.