Tyner gives Twins a lift
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jason Tyner's RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. Torii Hunter got things going in the 10th with a one-out single off Edward Mujica (0-1). He advance...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jason Tyner's RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.
Torii Hunter got things going in the 10th with a one-out single off Edward Mujica (0-1). He advanced to third on a single by Jason Kubel, and Tyner followed with a rope to right field that scored Hunter, who had three hits in the game.
Tyner, who was just recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday night to replace the injured Lew Ford, had two hits and two RBIs on the night and got a big bear hug from teammate Justin Morneau before he reached the pitcher's mound after the winning hit.
Joe Nathan (6-0) pitched a perfect 10th for the win.
Jason Michaels homered for the Indians, who had a rare off night on offense.
The Twins scored in the second when Tyner hit a single up the middle off Paul Byrd to drive in Morneau.
The Twins added another run in the fifth when Castillo hit a two-out triple and Nick Punto followed with a bloop double.
Twins starter Brad Radke struggled to start the season, but appeared to have righted things with an impressive June in which he went 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA in six starts.
Then came his first start in July, when he gave up three runs and 11 hits in five innings of a no-decision against the lowly Kansas City Royals. Shortly after, Radke revealed he had been having discomfort in his throwing shoulder since May, and he took a cortisone shot over the All-Star break.
He seemed rejuvenated on Friday night, and the Twins certainly needed him.
Radke's pitches were lively, and his trademark changeup was as good as ever. He retired 10 straight from the end of the second through the fifth inning, but the Indians finally got to him in the sixth.
Radke walked No. 9 hitter Joe Inglett and Michaels followed one batter later with his seventh homer of the season to tie the score 2-2.
But Radke was able to keep the high-powered Indians at bay, one night after they bashed three home runs off rookie Francisco Liriano in a 6-4 win.
The Indians entered the night second in the major leagues in runs, but Radke held them to two and four hits and struck out six in seven innings.
The Twins had a chance to reward Radke with a win when they had runners on first and second and two outs and Cuddyer at the plate in the seventh.
With the count 0-2, Punto tried to steal third but was called out by umpire Tim Timmons to end the inning. Punto briefly argued the call before retreating to the dugout, then must have jawed some more in the dugout.
Timmons ejected Punto and manager Ron Gardenhire, who came out to defend his third baseman. Gardenhire tossed his hat and kicked dirt around third base before stomping off.