Minnesota at Philadelphia

Final 11th
W: J. Rauch (2-1) L: D. Baez (2-3)
HR: MIN - J. Morneau (14),J. Thome (6),J. Mauer (3),D. Butera (1)   PHI - W. Valdez (1),R. Howard (14),R. Ibanez (5),J. Werth (12),R. Gload (3)

Twins rally to tie with five runs in ninth, finish off Phillies in 11th inning

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PHILADELPHIA -- From little-known Drew Butera to MVP Joe Mauer, the Minnesota Twins got huge hits in clutch situations.

Mauer hit a tying homer off Brad Lidge to cap a five-run rally in the ninth inning and Delmon Young drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th, sending Minnesota to a 13-10 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

Each team hit a dramatic homer when it was down to its last out in a wild game that featured nine home runs and 29 hits.

"We're known not to quit and we didn't quit," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "A lot of great things happened out there."

Pinch-hitter Jim Thome cracked a two-run homer in the ninth off Phillies reliever Jose Contreras. Two outs later, Mauer's two-run drive off Lidge tied it at 9.

Butera's first career home run, also a pinch-hit shot, gave the Twins a 10-9 lead in the 10th, but pinch-hitter Ross Gload hit a tying homer off closer Jon Rauch (2-1) with two outs in the bottom half.

Mauer's one-out walk against Danys Baez (2-3) got the Twins started in the 11th. Justin Morneau was intentionally walked with a 2-0 count and Rauch advanced the runners with a sacrifice. Young singled to deep shortstop to put the Twins ahead 11-10. Matt Tolbert followed with a two-run triple.

The AL Central-leading Twins snapped a two-game skid. The Phillies had won three straight after going 6-15 and falling into third place in the NL East.

Butera was batting .154 (6 for 39) before he led off the 10th with a homer against Chad Durbin.

"When I hit it, I started running and then I thought, 'Whoa, it has a chance,"' Butera said.

But Gload ripped a 3-1 pitch just over the right-field wall to tie it. It was his third pinch-hit homer this season.

Trailing 9-4 in the ninth, the Twins came back against Contreras and Lidge. Thome's drive earned the former Phillie a standing ovation and gave him 570 career home runs, breaking a tie with Rafael Palmeiro for 11th place on the career list.

Thome has now homered against each of the 30 major league teams.

After a walk, Lidge came in. He gave up an RBI single to Denard Span before striking out Orlando Hudson for the second out.

But Mauer, the reigning AL MVP, connected for his third homer of the season to tie it at 9. Mauer had 28 home runs last year.

Lidge had been 4 for 4 in save chances. He had a major league-high 11 blown saves last year after his perfect season in 2008 helped the Phillies win the World Series.

"We've been feeling real good about the way we've been pitching, but tonight we were just bad," Lidge said. "We didn't do our job collectively, individually. We have to rebound from it."

Ryan Howard, Wilson Valdez, Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth also went deep for Philadelphia.

Phillies starter Cole Hamels allowed four runs -- three earned -- and five hits, striking out seven. The lanky lefty settled in nicely after a shaky first and retired 13 straight before Morneau led off the sixth with a homer.

The Phillies roughed up Kevin Slowey. He allowed seven runs and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings -- his shortest career outing.

An offense that slumped badly during a 6-15 stretch has scored 32 runs in the last four games. The Phillies averaged 2.4 runs during their previous 21 games.

"This is a tough one," manager Charlie Manuel said. "But we've been there before and we've always come back."

Valdez drove a 1-2 pitch just inside the left-field foul pole to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead in the second. It was his second career homer in 189 games. His other one came against Kansas City on Sept. 26, 2004, with the Chicago White Sox.

Hamels followed with an infield single and Placido Polanco hit a one-out double. Chase Utley's sacrifice fly made it 5-3. Howard then hit a towering shot into the seats in right-center for a 7-3 lead, ending Slowey's day.


  • Phillies C Carlos Ruiz needed more tests after getting hit in the head with a broken bat in the eighth inning on Friday night. Ruiz doesn't have a concussion, the team said. Manuel said Ruiz might return Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • The last time the Twins had two pinch-hit homers in a game was May 16, 1983.
  • A crowd of 45,254 was the 73rd straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park.
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Joe Mauer provides a timely two-run blast, which ties the game in the ninth inning. (AP)
Joe Mauer provides a timely two-run blast, which ties the game in the ninth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Morneau
AB 5
R 3
H 2
HR 1

C. Utley
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Orlando Hudson, 2B6110032 .293
Joe Mauer, C5212102 .305
Justin Morneau, 1B5323110 .338
Michael Cuddyer, RF4000010 .273
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
   a- Drew Butera, PH1111000 .175
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
Delmon Young, LF6232000 .307
Danny Valencia, 3B3000012 .317
   b- Jim Thome, PH1112000 .250
    Matt Tolbert, 3B2012000 .227
Nick Punto, SS3120200 .255
Kevin Slowey, P1000013 .000
    Jeff Manship, P1000010 .000
   c- Brendan Harris, PH1000011 .157
    Brian Duensing, P0000000 .000
    Jason Kubel, RF2010001 .250
a-homered for Guerrier in the 10th
b-homered for Valencia in the 9th
c-struck out for Manship in the 7th
2B - Delmon Young (16, Hamels), Matt Tolbert (2, Baez)
HR - Joe Mauer (3, Lidge), Justin Morneau (14, Hamels), Drew Butera (1, Durbin), Jim Thome (6, Contreras)
SH - Jon Rauch (1)
RBI - Denard Span (25), Joe Mauer 2 (30), Justin Morneau 3 (46), Drew Butera (4), Delmon Young 2 (43), Jim Thome 2 (19), Matt Tolbert 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer 2 (14), Delmon Young (21), Matt Tolbert 2 (4)
SB - Denard Span (14, 2nd base off Lidge/Schneider)
Team LOB - 6
Minnesota Twins
Kevin Slowey 1.2777122 4.58
Jeff Manship 4.1211121 2.31
Brian Duensing 1111001 1.88
Matt Guerrier 2200040 1.69
Jon Rauch (BS,3; W,2-1) 2211011 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Slowey 45-27, Jeff Manship 58-36, Brian Duensing 16-11, Matt Guerrier 25-20, Jon Rauch 28-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Manship 7-4, Brian Duensing 2-1, Matt Guerrier 1-1, Jon Rauch 1-4
Batters Faced - Kevin Slowey 13, Jeff Manship 16, Brian Duensing 4, Matt Guerrier 8, Jon Rauch 8
Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, CF6110021 .250
Placido Polanco, 3B5220100 .314
Chase Utley, 2B5133000 .267
Ryan Howard, 1B6112034 .291
Jayson Werth, RF4112012 .283
Raul Ibanez, LF3121100 .248
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1000000 .152
    Juan Castro, SS0000000 .222
Brian Schneider, C5010001 .268
Wilson Valdez, SS4111002 .248
   b- Ross Gload, PH1111000 .224
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
Cole Hamels, P3110020 .185
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Ben Francisco, LF2000010 .224
a-fouled out for Durbin in the 10th
b-homered for Valdez in the 10th
2B - Placido Polanco (14, Slowey), Chase Utley (13, Rauch), Raul Ibanez (13, Slowey)
3B - Chase Utley (2, Slowey)
HR - Ryan Howard (14, Slowey), Jayson Werth (12, Duensing), Raul Ibanez (5, Manship), Wilson Valdez (1, Slowey), Ross Gload (3, Rauch)
SF - Chase Utley (3), Jayson Werth (5)
RBI - Chase Utley 3 (33), Ryan Howard 2 (51), Jayson Werth 2 (43), Raul Ibanez (30), Wilson Valdez (11), Ross Gload (8)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (25), Jayson Werth (21), Ross Gload (4)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Ben Francisco 1
PB - Brian Schneider (1)
E - Cole Hamels (1, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
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J.C. Romero 0.2000000 2.77
Jose Contreras 0.1233111 2.42
Brad Lidge (BS,1) 1222011 3.48
Chad Durbin 1411001 3.24
Danys Baez (L,2-3) 1233210 5.14
IBB - Punto by Cole Hamels, Morneau by Danys Baez
WP - Cole Hamels (2), Brad Lidge (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 117-79, J.C. Romero 15-11, Jose Contreras 19-11, Brad Lidge 25-16, Chad Durbin 20-12, Danys Baez 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 8-7, J.C. Romero 1-1, Chad Durbin 2-0, Danys Baez 1-0
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 29, J.C. Romero 2, Jose Contreras 4, Brad Lidge 5, Chad Durbin 6, Danys Baez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 45254
Game Time - 3:53
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Todd Tichenor