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Twins vs. Phillies Final Score: Minnesota Loses Tough One 9-8

The Minnesota Twins lost a nail-biter 9-8 at home against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Twins dug themselves a hole early, falling behind 6-0 in the first inning. Starting pitcher P.J. Walters (2-2) had to leave the game with shoulder stiffness. He took the loss and will have an MRI Thursday.

Jim Thome's 466 foot home run gave the Phillies a 9-3 lead after four innings.

Josh Willingham hit a solo shot in the sixth and the Twins put together a four run rally in the seventh with hits from Brian Dozier, Denard Span, Ben Revere and Joe Mauer. Minnesota was down 9-8 heading into the eighth. That's how the game would end, with Jonathan Papelbon picking up a four-out save for Philadelphia.

Cole Hamels (9-3) got the win for the Phillies after giving up eight hits and seven runs in six innings.

The Twins are 12-11 in games decided by one run, via Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN.

Game 3 is Thursday at 7:10 p.m. CT.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.