Morneau leads the Twins to winMinnesota Sports
-- Justin Morneau's two-run single in the ninth inning gave the Minnesota Twins a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the rubber match of a three-game series.
DETROIT (Sports Network) - Justin Morneau's two-run single in the ninth inning gave the Minnesota Twins a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Matt Capps (4-6) gave up a sacrifice fly in the eighth after entering the game with the bases loaded and no outs to earn the win.
Joe Nathan allowed a run in the ninth, but closed out the game for his 11th save of the year.
Jim Thome knocked in two runs, including a solo blast, in the Twins' third win in 12 games.
Jose Valverde (2-4) allowed two unearned runs in the ninth inning for the loss.
Miguel Cabrera had two hits and two RBI in Detroit's third loss in four games. The Tigers are two games ahead of Cleveland for the lead in the AL Central, with the Indians set to visit Comerica Park for a three-game series this weekend.
Carl Pavano went seven innings in the start for Minnesota, allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks, while Brad Penny allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in six-plus innings for Detroit.
The Twins announced after last night's game that they would recall infielder Luke Hughes from Class AAA Rochester. He is expected to be in uniform for tonight's game against the Yankees at Target Field. The team will make a corresponding roster move tonight, most likely putting Denard Span or Michael Cuddyer on the disabled list. However, Cuddyer told reporters yesterday that he expects to be ready to play in the Yankees series. The Twins will be without Jason Kubel in tonight's game. Manager Ron Gardenhire says Kubel will miss the contest because of a family situation that Kubel has to attend to.