Johnson hits slam, D-Backs rally to beat TwinsMay 22, 2011 - 6:34 AM
Juan Miranda went 2-for-3 with three RBI for the Diamondbacks, who have won a season-high five straight games. Gerardo Parra went 3-for-3 with a run batted in.
"It feels good to be able to get all those runs in one swing," Johnson said.
Micah Owings, making his first start of the season, gave up four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. Aaron Heilman (3-0) recorded the final two outs in the top of the eighth to pick up the win.
Danny Valencia went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBI for the Twins, who have lost two in a row since a three-game winning streak. Jason Kubel also hit a solo homer.
Scott Baker went five-plus innings in the start for Minnesota, allowing three runs on four hits. He also struck out seven and walked three. Matt Capps (1-3) gave up four runs on four hits in the eighth to suffer the loss.
Trailing 6-3, Arizona scored six times in the eighth to take the lead.
Joe Nathan, who pitched a perfect seventh, gave up a single to Chris Young. Glen Perkins came in from the bullpen, but gave up a base hit to Miguel Montero and was forced to leave with an oblique strain. Capps came in and immediately gave up a two-run double to Miranda. The ball just sailed over the glove of Delmon Young at the left field wall.
Parra followed with a bunt single over the head of a charging Valencia from third. Ryan Roberts singled two batters later to load the bases with one out and Johnson stepped to the plate and smacked Capps' offering over the wall in right to give the Diamondbacks a 9-6 edge.
"I just fell behind him (Johnson) and put him in a good situation," Capps said.
J.J. Putz tossed a scoreless ninth for his 11th save of the season.
Valencia's solo homer to left in the second inning gave Minnesota an early 1-0 lead.
Arizona tied the game in the fourth on Miranda's RBI double off the wall in center.
The Twins took the lead back in the fifth after Young led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Denard Span reached base on Johnson's throwing error.
Minnesota tacked on two more runs in the sixth to make it a 4-1 game. After Kubel led off with a homer to right, Justin Morneau singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Valencia's one-out single. Sam Demel took over for Owings and got the final two outs of the inning.
Arizona responded with a two-spot in the home sixth to make it a one-run game. Stephen Drew and Young hit consecutive doubles to plate a run. Phil Dumatrait took over on the mound for Baker and Young moved to third on Montero's groundout. After Miranda walked, Parra knocked in Young with a bunt single. Alex Burnett recorded the final two outs of the inning to keep it a 4-3 contest.
A pair of errors by the Diamondbacks in the eighth helped Minnesota score two more runs. Heilman took over on the mound for Joe Paterson with a runner on first and one out and Michael Cuddyer reached first on Drew's fielding error. Valencia followed with an RBI single to right. Montero failed to catch the throw home, which led to Heilman's bad throw to second. Cuddyer also scored on the play to make it 6-3.
This is the first matchup between the teams since the Twins won all three meetings with the D-Backs in 2008 at the Metrodome...It was the third career grand slam for Johnson...Owings made his first appearance in the big leagues since July 20, 2010...The D-Backs had five errors...Arizona selected Owings' contract from Triple-A Reno and released infielder Russell Branyan. In an unrelated move, pitcher Armando Galarraga was outrighted to Reno.
- MINNESOTA: 6
May 22 1:34 AM
- Kelly Johnson one-out, Grand Slam (5) to right scored Gerardo Parra, Josh Wilson and Ryan Roberts. Justin Upton due up.
Twins 6, Diamondbacks 9 Bot 8, 1 OutMay 22 1:18 AM
- Juan Miranda double to left scored Chris Young and Miguel Montero. Runner on second with none out and Gerardo Parra due up.
Twins 6, Diamondbacks 5 Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 22 1:10 AM
- Danny Valencia singled to right scored Justin Morneau. On the play, Michael Cuddyer scores on Miguel Montero's fielding error and Danny Valencia advances to second on Aaron Heilman's throwing error. Runner on second with one out and Delmon Young due up.
Twins 6, Diamondbacks 3 Top 8, 1 OutMay 22 12:58 AM
- Alex Burnett enters the game for the Twins with runners on first and second and one out.
Twins 4, Diamondbacks 3 Bot 6, 1 OutMay 22 12:23 AM
- Chris Young double to left scored Stephen Drew. Runner on second with none out and Miguel Montero due up.
Twins 4, Diamondbacks 2 Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 22 12:09 AM
- Danny Valencia single to center scored Justin Morneau. Runner on first with one out and Delmon Young due up.
Twins 4, Diamondbacks 1 Top 6, 1 OutMay 21 11:58 PM
- Jason Kubel lead-off Home Run (5) to right. Justin Morneau due up.
Twins 3, Diamondbacks 1 Top 6, 0 OutsMay 21 11:51 PM
- Denard Span reached first on Kelly Johnson's throwing error scored Delmon Young. Runner on first with two outs and Trevor Plouffe due up.
Twins 2, Diamondbacks 1 Top 5, 2 OutsMay 21 11:41 PM
- Juan Miranda double to center scored Miguel Montero. Runner on second with two outs and Gerardo Parra due up.
Twins 1, Diamondbacks 1 Bot 4, 2 OutsMay 21 11:22 PM
- Danny Valencia two-out, solo Home Run (5) to left. Delmon Young due up.
Twins 1, Diamondbacks 0 Top 2, 2 OutsMay 21 10:35 PM
- MINNESOTA: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 21 10:10 PM
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