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Twins pound Maddux, win eighth straight

Jun 26, 2008 - 5:59 AM By Tim Powers PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- Glen Perkins pitched five effective innings and the Minnesota Twins used two home runs to surge to a 9-3 triumph over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.

Brendan Harris' fourth-inning shot off San Diego starter Greg Maddux broke a 3-3 tie and gave Perkins and three relievers all the support they would need to secure a season-high eighth straight win for the Twins.

It was the fourth homer of the season for Harris, who hit the decisive blast one night earlier against all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman.

"Sometimes they come in bunches," Harris said. "I'm not going to sit here and say it's just another couple of home runs. I'll have to put little stars next to those - they're pretty good memories. We got the win and went ahead on both nights, so that felt pretty good."

Craig Monroe's pinch-hit home run in the eighth tacked on two insurance runs and put the game away at 9-3.

"It was a good night for us swinging the bats," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We just came out and hit the ball all over the place. Monroe comes up and hits a big home run out in Yellowstone. Beating Maddux is pretty exciting for us."

Perkins (4-2) fell behind early in the game, allowing three runs in the first two innings, before Minnesota rallied back to even the score in the third.

The 25-year-old righthander settled down from there, blanking San Diego over his final two frames. He yielded six hits in total while striking out two batters and walking two.

Brian Bass, Craig Breslow and Boof Bonser combined to hold the Padres scoreless for the final four innings.

"You don't want to get behind (Maddux) too often," Gardenhire said. "Our guys came out and played the game and got some good swings and banged the ball around enough that we got a nice lead there. Then our bullpen came in and did a nice job."

Maddux (3-6) fell apart in the third and eventually surrendered seven runs over 5 2/3 innings. The 42-year-old righthander is still looking for his first victory since May 10, when he notched career win No. 350. He walked two and struck out three.

"I think in a couple of critical spots there were some key hits for them," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The two-out hits got (Maddux) tonight, but he came out and looked sharp right from the get-go. He hung in there through the sixth. We just couldn't add on after the early three runs."

Scott Hairston collected a pair of hits for the reeling Padres, who have lost four straight and eight of nine.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 0 0 3 2 0 2 0 2 0 9 9 2
    SAN DIEGO 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIN - GLEN PERKINS, BRIAN BASS (6TH), CRAIG BRESLOW (8TH), BOOF
    BONSER (9TH) AND JOE MAUER
    SDG - GREG MADDUX, CARLOS GUEVARA (6TH), CLA MEREDITH
    (7TH), MIKE ADAMS

    Jun 26 12:56 AM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CRAIG MONROE (7) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF MIKE ADAMS SCORED BRIAN BUSCHER.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 9, SAN DIEGO 3
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: C GOMEZ (.269, 2-FOR-3, HBP, 2 RBI)

    Twins 9, Padres 3  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 26 12:24 AM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS GOMEZ SCORED JASON KUBEL AND BRIAN
    BUSCHER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C GOMEZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 7
    SAN DIEGO 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: A CASILLA (.304, 1-FOR-2, SAC, RBI)

    Twins 7, Padres 3  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 25 11:42 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BRENDAN HARRIS (4) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF GREG MADDUX SCORED MICHAEL CUDDYER.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 5, SAN DIEGO 3
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B BUSCHER (.385, 1-FOR-1)

    Twins 5, Padres 3  Top 4, 0 OutsJun 25 11:00 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOE MAUER SCORED CARLOS GOMEZ AND ALEXI CASILLA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J MAUER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 3
    SAN DIEGO 3 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORNEAU (.308, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 3, Padres 3  Top 3, 0 OutsJun 25 10:44 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALEXI CASILLA SCORED BRIAN BUSCHER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A CASILLA ON FIRST, C GOMEZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 1
    SAN DIEGO 3 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.324, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 1, Padres 3  Top 3, 0 OutsJun 25 10:43 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY SCOTT HAIRSTON SCORED MICHAEL BARRETT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S HAIRSTON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 0
    SAN DIEGO 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: E GONZALEZ (.314, 1-FOR-1)

    Twins 0, Padres 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 25 10:32 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY KEVIN KOUZMANOFF SCORED ADRIAN GONZALEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, K KOUZMANOFF ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 0
    SAN DIEGO 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: C HEADLEY (.250, 2 HR, 3 RBI)

    Twins 0, Padres 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 25 10:18 PM


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    AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY ADRIAN GONZALEZ SCORED EDGAR GONZALEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A GONZALEZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 0
    SAN DIEGO 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: K KOUZMANOFF (.263, 10 HR, 33 RBI)

    Twins 0, Padres 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 25 10:17 PM