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Even when Twins get a break, it's not a good one

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The Twins have nothing going on. Even when they manage to play a decent game, something sends them to the showers in a foul mood.

On Monday it was an umpire's call that allowed the Jhonny Peralta of Detroit to score the winning run from first on what appeared to be a ground-rule double.

Alex Avila's screaming grounder jumped into the stands and hit a fan, but umpires crew chief Gary Darling ruled it fan interference, and decided Peralta would have scored anyway.

Peralta's eighth-inning run gave Detroit a 6-5 victory and Minnesota dropped to 17-35 and at least 15 games behind first place Cleveland in the AL Central.

"We've been losing well enough on our own, then to lose like that, it's definitely a lot more frustrating," center fielder Denard Span said. "We were in the game. We were battling and competing. And for it to be taken away from us like that is tough."

The Twins rallied from a 3-0 deficit and took a 5-3 lead with a four-run sixth inning. But starter Nick Blackburn gave up a tying two-run home run to Victor Martinez, setting up the eighth-inning dramatics.

Manager Ron Gardenhire was thrown out of the game while arguing the call, his fourth ejection this season.

"I'm more frustrated by the fact that our offense did everything it needed to," Blackburn said. "Five runs should have won that game. Then I go out there and hang a pitch to Victor.

"That whole situation with the ... fan interference and all that stuff could have been irrelevant."

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