Skip to main content

Mauer's 13th inning blast leads Twins to sweep of Pirates


Joe Mauer picked out a good time for his first home run of the season. His drive to the right field seats broke a tie in the top of the 13th inning to give the Twins the lead on their way to a 4-3 victory Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

Glen Perkins came on in the bottom of the 13th to close out the win with his 15th save – striking out Pedro Alvarez for the final out.

After three scoreless innings from J.R. Graham, Brian Duensing (2-0) pitched the 12th for the win.

Like Tuesday night, the Twins took the early lead – this time with a three-run first inning. Torii Hunter cleared the bases with a double.

Mike Pelfrey bounced back from a rough outing by holding the Pirates to one run on five hits while striking out five in six innings. But the Twins bullpen couldn't hold the lead as Andrew McCutchen homered off Blaine Boyer to tie the game.

The score stayed tied at three until Mauer's homer in the 13th, giving the Twins the lead.

Hunter led the Twins, finishing 3-for-5 on the night with three RBIs. Mauer was 2-for-6 with the solo-home run and Pelfrey was the only other Twin with more than one hit, going 2-for-2 at the plate.

The Twins head for Chicago with Phil Hughes (3-4) on the mound Friday night to open a series against the White Sox.

Next Up

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild win battle of NHL's hottest teams, extend winning streak to six

Kirill Kaprizov delivered a shootout winner to take down the Maple Leafs.

Eric Kendricks

Vikings downgrade Eric Kendricks to out against Lions

The Vikings have also activated Michael Pierce from injured reserve.

u.s. attorney

Minnesotan sentenced after assaulting man with baseball bat

Marshall Wayne Boshey was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Target store

Target's gift card discount is back, but for this weekend only

The fine print: for Target Circle members only (but membership is free).

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Minneapolis teen arrested in St. Cloud after fleeing police in stolen vehicle

The vehicle was stolen in a car-jacking in Minneapolis Thursday.

snow, blowing snow

Winter storm warnings issued with heavy snow set to slam MN

Parts of northern Minnesota could see more than a foot of snow, but there won't be much in the Twin Cities.

D'Angelo Russell

With KAT out, Timberwolves can't upset Nets

D'Angelo Russell stepped up but couldn't overcome Brooklyn's firepower.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Everson Griffen confirms he has bipolar disorder

"I’ve been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore.”

Angela Renee Jones, St. Cloud murder suspect

St. Cloud suspect now charged in two local murder cases

Both murders happened within a day of each other in June.