The Twins have the Red Sox to thank for today's win just as much as themselves. Going into the 9th inning tied at 4 apiece, a major error on behalf of the Red Sox led a 4-run inning for Minnesota. Pablo Sandoval mishandled a throw after a Joe Mauer bunt (yes, a Mauer bunt in the 9th inning in a tie game. Yes.), which opened the gates for the Twins to score the last 4 runs of the game. Luckily for Minnesota, there are only two columns - win and lose, and neither of them depend on if it's an ugly result.
To be fair, the Twins offense did show a little spark today, as Torii Hunter hit a 3-run blast in the 5th inning, cutting the Red Sox lead to one run. Kurt Suzuki's single in the 6th tied the game 4-4, and the rest was history in the 9th. Hunter, for the record, was 3-for-5 today, with 3 RBI. Suzuki ended the day 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI as well.
Today's game also featured 6 Twins pitchers on the mound. Tommy Milone pitched 5 innings, giving up 9 hits and 4 runs, only 2 of them earned (did I mention there were 5 total errors in this game? UGLY). Milone only walked one, but did give up two bombs (Blake Swihart in the 3rd and Dustin Pedroia in the 4th). The Twins bullpen - Ryan Pressly, Brian Duensing, Casey Fien, Aaron Thompson, and Glen Perkins - all combined for a scoreless four innings after Milone's departure.
Glen Perkins remained awesome and had a 1-2-3 bottom of the 9th to seal the Twins win and the series split.
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The Twins take on the Brewers at Target Field tomorrow night, as Kyle Gibson takes the mound for Minnesota against former Twin Kyle Lohse goes for Milwaukee. Game time is 7:10 pm CST sharp. Get excited for the Twins also facing former teammate Matt Garza on Saturday!