Brad Radke pitched 7 very good innings for the Twins, keeping them in a game that finally saw the Twins eclipse the 10-hit mark. Jason Tyner was his first career homerun away from hitting for the cycle, but Michael Cuddyer‘s solo shot gave the team a cycle.

Tyner went 3-for-4 with a single, an RBI double, and an RBI triple. He had one extra base hit coming into the game.

Cuddyer went deep in the 3rd innings, hitting his 17th of the year.

Justin Morneau went 2-for-3 with a sac fly RBI and an RBI single.

Radke’s line: 7 IP, 5 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.

Joe Nathan came in to pitch the 9th, struck out a guy and got two more outs to finish the game.
Mike Redmond went 0-for-2 with a walk, but he was hit by a pitch and advanced two bases on two consecutive pitches due to a wild pitch and a passed ball. He scored on Morneau’s single in the 7th.

Take a look here. “If they can win today, take 2 of 3 from the Indians, and sweep Detroit, I think they’ll be alright.” I said it, so you watch for it. Unfortunately tomorrow is an off day, but then Tuesday and Wednesday are night games with the series finale on Thursday having a 12:10 PM start.

There are 27 games left this year for the Twins against Central Division teams. 20 of those are at home. It’s important to win 15 of the 20, at least, and those 5 losses have to come against a combination of the Royals and the Indians. The rest of this homestand is a big deal for the Twins, to determine whether or not they stick in the Wild Card/Central division hunt. The White Sox and Red Sox both won today, too, so everybody stays put.

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