Perfect 10 for surging Twins
Mauer breaks eighth-inning deadlock with game-winning homer
MINNEAPOLIS -- The last thing the Twins wanted to do on Friday night was get in a slugfest with the Brewers.
The Twins' bullpen did its share, too. Brian Bass pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings after Blackburn's exit, and Matt Guerrier held the Brewers bats at bay for the eighth to pick up his fourth win of the season. Joe Nathan then came in and, despite giving up two hits, picked up his 22nd save of the season."We're playing in the moment," Nathan said. "You don't hear guys talking about what we've done and what we need to do. It's really about going out and seeing what situation comes up and what guys can do. And it seems like a different guy or group of guys is stepping up every night." The Twins are now 13-3 in Interleague Play, and while starting pitching has been a big part of that success, Minnesota seemed more than content with seeing the offense take the wheel for one night. "It helps out so much to know the offense is putting up the numbers that they are, and the bullpen -- the way they are throwing," Blackburn said. "I mean, it's been unbelievable these last 10 games. No matter what happens, we're going to keep fighting until we come out on top." And that even includes producing homers when necessary. "I think we have people that can hit home runs," Gardenhire said. "First, you have to find your swing, and I think the ball will fly out of the ballpark. We've got guys that have power and are still learning to hit. We have a young team overall and eventually the ball is going to fly." If Friday night was any indication, the "Homer Dome" might become a more common phrase again.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.