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Twins Top Tigers In Ten, Valencia's Single Wins It

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Twins top Tigers in B-Squad lineup's matchup against ace pitching.

You know who's not fast? Michael Cuddyer. But he didn't let a little old thing like that stop him!

Let me set this up for you.

Through a majority of Wednesday night, Francisco Liriano and Max Scherzer traded zeros. They combined for 16 phenomenal innings, 16 strikeouts and just one run. A double by Delmon Young eventually led to the Twins run in the fifth, but it was Matt Guerrier who allowed an inherited runner (bummer, Jesse Crain) to score by allowing a two-out walk and single in the eighth.

After three double plays by the Tigers, two more by the Twins, each outfield scoring an out by taking advantage of base running mistakes and a game that wouldn't be decided in the allocated nine innings, the Twins manufactured the winning run.

Cuddyer singled to lead off the tenth against Ryan Perry. After an eight-pitch plate appearance where Perry eventually struck out Young, Cuddyer stole second base on the strikeout pitch. He'd been going on pitches six and seven (which had been fouled off), so when Young swung and missed on pitch number eight there was no stopping him. He was safe at second, putting the Twins in scoring position with just one out.

Danny Valencia made sure the Twins wouldn't have to use that cushion. He extended Perry to six pitches, looping what will be classified as a line drive into center field. Austin Jackson came up throwing as Cuddyer rounded third, but the ball had seemed to float into center more than scorch, and the throw came a split second too late as Cuddles skipped past Alex Avila to plate the winning run.

Considering the lineup last night, even with Liriano on the mound I'm more relieved that we escaped with the win than anything else. Chicago also won, keeping Minnesota's lead at four games.