Tonight the Twins played as close to a complete baseball game as they have in a month, and as a result, they actually won a series. The 6-5 win gave the Twins their first series win since the end of July, and although Jim Thome hit home run 601, it was Justin Morneau that had the big hit.
Morneau hit a two run, go ahead single off of Detroit closer Jose Valverde in the top of the ninth, scoring Rene Tosoni and Tsuyoshi Nishioka to provide what proved to be the winning runs for the Twins.
Twins starter Carl Pavano pitched another good game, and although he didn’t get the win, he pitched 7 innings, giving up 9 hits, 3 earned runs, and struck out four while walking two.
Glen Perkins almost blew it, though, as he came in to relieve Pavano and couldn’t get anyone out, giving up 1 hit and walking two. Matt Capps, coming in with the bases loaded and nobody out, only allowed one run to score, and Joe Nathan pitched the ninth to pick up his 11th save.
The Twins return home tomorrow and start an 11 game home stand, starting out with four against the New York Yankees.