I say half-squeaker because we were leading 6-1 going into the top of the 8th, but Oakland scored 2 runs on Dennys Reyes to make it 6-3. The Twins then scored 3 in the bottom of the 8th to make it 9-3. Joe Nathan had been brought in for 1 out in the 8th and was still pitching, but walked 3 consecutive batters to load the bases. He gave up a sac fly to score a run and then struck out the next two guys.

Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run dinger in the 4th to give the Twins a lead, and added two more RBIs (to give him 98 on the season) in the 8th when the Twins scored 3 runs.

It’s shocking to see that this game could have been a 15-10 slugfest: Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cuddyer; Castillo; Morneau; Mauer; Tyner; Ford 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Johnson 2; Ellis; Scutaro 2; Chavez. Ok, so maybe it would have been a 16-10 slugfest.

Carlos Silva got his stomach together to pitch a good game. I think the most important stat is that he pitched 7 innings. Of course, the 1 run given up is probably more important, but had he not kept the team in the game he would have been pulled before the 7th.

Francisco Liriano pitches for the Twins tomorrow night; tonight it’s Matt Guerrier, taking the place of Scott Baker (now in the bullpen).

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