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WASHINGTON -- On a day that had already featured a pair of marathon games elsewhere in baseball and a doubleheader the next day, the Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals needed to end extra innings in a hurry.
Ryan Doumit made sure they did.
Doumit singled in the go-ahead run, Joe Mauer homered, doubled and singled, and the Twins defeated the Nationals 4-3 in 11 innings Saturday.
"With a split doubleheader tomorrow, the last thing we need on both sides was to go deep into extra innings," Doumit said. "I was fortunate that I got a pitch to hit there in the 11th and put a good swing on it."
"We executed some, missed on a couple opportunities, but you keep getting yourself those opportunities, somebody's going to get the big hit," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Today it was Doumit."
The Twins, who were playing their first game in Washington since 1971, have won eight of 11.
Pinch hitter Chris Hermann drew a walk off Craig Stammen (3-2) to open the 10th. Jamey Carroll bunted him to second and Mauer was intentionally walked. Doumit then hit a soft line drive to short center, scoring Hermann.
"It's a nice little cherry on top. I think anybody that kind of follows the game and has a good idea, you knew that that was going to happen," Doumit said of getting the hit after the walk to Mauer. "You knew that once Jamey bunted and Joe's a career .395 hitter or whatever he is."
Doumit has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, batting .319 (15 for 47) with three doubles, five home runs and 16 runs batted in.
"He's been swinging the bat really good and we had some opportunities," Gardenhire said.
"It's very frustrating," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "It's getting my dander up. We're better than this."
The Nationals collected 10 hits, but went just 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
"We got some hits, but didn't string them together," Adam LaRoche said. "We need to start getting three and four in an inning, pushing some guys across."
Trailing 3-2, the Nationals tied it against Twins starter Kevin Correia in the seventh.
Anthony Rendon led off with a single and was bunted to second. Kurt Suzuki hit a high bouncer that shortstop Pedro Florimon charged, but he was unable to come up with it and Rendon scored while Suzuki raced to second with a double as the ball rolled into left field.
"Whether he looked off of it or whatever, he just missed the ball. He's got to at least the put the glove on it," Gardenhire said.
Correia pitched 6 1/3 innings in his best start in over a month, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. He struck out a season-high seven and didn't walk a batter.
Mauer broke a 2-2 tie when he hit a solo homer off Washington starter Gio Gonzalez with one out in the fifth.
Gonzalez gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out seven. He's winless in his last six starts despite allowing more than two earned runs only once during that stretch.
The Nationals broke on top in the third. Span singled with two outs and Werth lined a 1-2 pitch from Correia over the wall for his fifth home run.
Minnesota came back with two in the fourth. After Josh Willingham singled off Ryan Zimmerman's glove, Justin Morneau hit a smash toward first that got by LaRoche. Willingham scored from first as the ball rolled to the right-field corner.
"I didn't make the play. I gave them that one, cost us the game," LaRoche said. "So that one's on me."
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|Jamey Carroll, 3B||4||0||0||0||1||0||1||.209|
|Joe Mauer, C||5||1||3||1||1||0||1||.329|
|Ryan Doumit, RF||5||0||2||1||1||0||1||.240|
|Josh Willingham, LF||6||1||1||0||0||2||6||.220|
|Glen Perkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.296|
|Eduardo Escobar, PR-2B||2||0||1||0||0||1||2||.223|
|Aaron Hicks, CF||2||0||1||0||1||1||1||.180|
|Brian Dozier, 2B||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||.231|
|a- Chris Parmelee, PH-1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.222|
|Pedro Florimon, SS||4||0||0||0||1||2||4||.248|
|Kevin Correia, P||3||0||0||0||0||3||4||.000|
|Brian Duensing, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Casey Fien, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Clete Thomas, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Jared Burton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Roenicke, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Chris Herrmann, PH-LF||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.375|
|a-flied out for Dozier in the 8th|
|b-singled for Fien in the 9th|
|c-walked for Roenicke in the 11th|
|2B - Joe Mauer (19, Abad), Justin Morneau (14, G. Gonzalez)|
|HR - Joe Mauer (6, G. Gonzalez)|
|SH - Jamey Carroll (1), Aaron Hicks 2 (2)|
|RBI - Joe Mauer (19), Ryan Doumit (33), Brian Dozier (17)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|DP - Carroll-Dozier-Morneau|
|Josh Roenicke (W,2-1)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.00|
|Glen Perkins (S,13)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.78|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 94-63, Brian Duensing 9-6, Casey Fien 11-7, Jared Burton 11-7, Josh Roenicke 20-14, Glen Perkins 17-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 6-5, Brian Duensing 1-1, Jared Burton 1-1, Josh Roenicke 1-2, Glen Perkins 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 26, Brian Duensing 2, Casey Fien 3, Jared Burton 3, Josh Roenicke 4, Glen Perkins 4|
|Denard Span, CF||5||1||3||0||0||1||2||.274|
|Jayson Werth, RF||5||1||1||2||0||1||2||.248|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||3||0||.269|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||1||0||.245|
|Ian Desmond, SS||5||0||1||0||0||0||1||.268|
|Anthony Rendon, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||2||1||.265|
|Roger Bernadina, LF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.170|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.238|
|Gio Gonzalez, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Fernando Abad, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Drew Storen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Stephen Lombardozzi, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.225|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rafael Soriano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Erik Davis, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ian Krol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chad Tracy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Craig Stammen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Storen in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Krol in the 10th|
|2B - Anthony Rendon (3, Correia), Roger Bernadina (3, Correia), Kurt Suzuki (7, Correia)|
|HR - Jayson Werth (5, Correia)|
|SH - Roger Bernadina (1)|
|RBI - Jayson Werth 2 (12), Kurt Suzuki (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jayson Werth 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Rendon-Desmond-LaRoche, Zimmerman-Desmond-LaRoche|
|E - Adam LaRoche (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Craig Stammen (L,3-2)||1||1||1||1||2||2||0||3.34|
|IBB - Florimon by Gio Gonzalez, Mauer by Craig Stammen|
|WP - Tyler Clippard (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 114-75, Fernando Abad 15-9, Drew Storen 3-3, Tyler Clippard 14-8, Rafael Soriano 20-15, Erik Davis 6-4, Ian Krol 5-4, Craig Stammen 21-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 7-4, Fernando Abad 1-1, Drew Storen 1-0, Tyler Clippard 2-1, Rafael Soriano 1-0, Erik Davis 1-0, Ian Krol 1-1, Craig Stammen 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 27, Fernando Abad 3, Drew Storen 1, Tyler Clippard 4, Rafael Soriano 5, Erik Davis 2, Ian Krol 2, Craig Stammen 6|
|Attendance - 41587|
|Game Time - 3:42|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Scott Barry|