10/09/09 11:04 PM ET
Twins Short Hops: Game 2
Contributions all around not enough for Minnesota
By Brittany Ghiroli / Special to MLB.com
Nick Blackburn put up a great start and the Twins' bats got to the Yanks' bullpen, but they couldn't hold off the Bombers.
Locked in a 1-1 tie entering the eighth inning, Carlos Gomez worked a two-out walk, and the Twins put up three consecutive singles off reliever Phil Hughes and closer Mariano Rivera to take a two-run lead.
10: Consecutive batters retired by Blackburn before he allowed his first hit to Robinson Cano with two outs in the fifth inning. Game balls
Harris pinch-hit for the injured Matt Tolbert and delivered a two-out triple to score the speedy Delmon Young in the sixth inning. He advanced the go-ahead run with a single in the eighth and completed an inning-ending double play to stop the Yankees' threat in the 10th.
Although Blackburn exited with a no-decision, he gave the Twins another stellar start on a big stage, holding the Yankees' high-powered offense to one run on three hits.
As the No. 9 batter, Punto sent a breaking ball from Hughes into center field to score Gomez, plating the then-go-ahead run in the eighth.
Sense of October
With the sellout crowd of 50,006 on its feet, lefty reliever Ron Mahay got Hideki Matsui to ground out, stranding two Yankees baserunners in scoring position and keeping the game tied at 1 through six.
4 AB, 2 H, 1 RBI
Comment: Harris provided a spark off the bench that the Twins' lineup sorely needed.
5.2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Comment: Blackburn matched zeroes with Yankees starter A.J. Burnett through the first five innings, producing a better line than his mound counterpart.
The Twins will fly back home for Saturday's workout day before handing the ball to Carl Pavano on Sunday as Minnesota looks to stay alive in Game 3.
Brittany Ghiroli is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.