It was 5-3, in favor of the Royals, heading into the top of the 9th. Their closer, Ambiorix Burgos, was brought in. His stats coming into the game: 51.2 IP, 31 ER, 10 HR, 27 BB, and 53 K. His stats after he was done pitching: 52.2 IP, 33 ER, 12 HR, 28 BB, and 56 K.

Burgos gave up back-to-back homeruns to Joe Mauer and Michael Cuddyer to tie it up in the 9th. If Jesse Crain hadn’t given up a run in the bottom of the 8th, and things went well with Joe Nathan, that would’ve been the game. But it wasn’t, and Juan Rincon combined with Dennys Reyes to pitch the 9th. Reyes was credited with the win.

The top of the 10th went like this (a new pitcher): Jason Bartlett singles. Luis Castillo bunts him over to 2nd, 1 out. Nick Punto strikes out, 2 outs. Joe Mauer intentionally walked to fill first base. Michael Cuddyer walks. With Justin Morneau at the plate, the pitcher throws a wild pitch and Bartlett scores without contest. After that, he intentionally walks Morneau. Torii Hunter then hit a single to left, scoring both Mauer and Cuddyer. Morneau tried to advance to third, but was thrown out to end the inning.

Joe Nathan struck out a guy in the bottom of the 10th, along with a ground out and a line out to get the save.

Johan Santana pitched 6 innings, walking 3 while striking out 8, and giving up the 4 ER. He had a great game going into the 4th, having just 1 walk and 6 strikeouts.

Matt Garza pitched 7 innings for the Red Wings tonight, striking out 11 batters. It’s a possibility he will be called up tomorrow, to start Sunday’s afternoon game. If he doesn’t, Mike Smith will start.

An interesting note about Boof Bonser‘s day, the night/early morning before his last start (courtesty of Charley Walters and the Pioneer Press): “arrived in Minneapolis at 1:45 a.m. from Raleigh-Durham, N.C., where his Class AAA Rochester team played Tuesday night. He didn’t get to bed until 2:30 a.m. for that day’s noon game.” What kind of routine is that for a starting pitcher? That’s absurd.
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