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Sweet vengence
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Twins 3, Rays 2
Nick Blackburn walked one and struck out one in six innings. (Mike Carlson/AP)
On an afternoon when they faced former teammate Matt Garza for the first time, one of the guys traded for him -- Brendan Harris -- got the Twins going with a solo blast off the Rays right-hander. Nick Blackburn matched Garza's quality start with one of his own, allowing two runs in six frames.
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Series at a glance:
MIN
Minnesota (25-27)
Won 1
Minnesota 3, Tampa Bay 2   TB
Tampa Bay (25-28)
Lost 1
May 31, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0   3 8 0
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0   2 8 1
Standings thru 5/31/09  |  Recap: MIN | TB  |  Gameday  |  Twins stats  |  Rays stats
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, LF-RF 4 1 1 0 1 0 2 .299
Casilla, A, 2B 5 0 0 0 0 1 6 .161
Morneau, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 2 0 .342
Kubel, DH 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 .317
Cuddyer, RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .276
  Young, D, LF 3 0 1 0 0 2 2 .239
Harris, B, SS 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 .274
Buscher, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .188
Redmond, M, C 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .267
Gomez, C, CF 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .220
Totals 36 3 8 3 2 10 16  

BATTING
HR: Harris, B (3, 2nd inning off Garza, M, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Harris, B 4; Redmond, M 2; Span; Buscher; Young, D; Gomez, C; Morneau.
RBI: Harris, B (10), Morneau (47), Gomez, C (3).
2-out RBI: Harris, B; Morneau.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Redmond, M; Young, D; Casilla, A 3.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
Pickoffs: Blackburn (Brignac at 1st base).

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Zobrist, 2B-SS 4 0 1 0 1 1 2 .304
Crawford, C, LF 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .324
Longoria, DH 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 .327
Pena, C, 1B 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 .231
Aybar, W, 3B-2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .263
Joyce, CF 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 .231
  b-Upton, B, PH-CF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .204
Gross, RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .247
  c-Kapler, PH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .178
Navarro, D, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .212
Brignac, SS 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 .250
  a-Dillon, PH-3B 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200
Totals 34 2 8 2 3 6 14  

a-Struck out for Brignac in the 7th. b-Singled for Joyce in the 8th. c-Grounded out for Gross in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Brignac (2, Blackburn).
HR: Pena, C (17, 4th inning off Blackburn, 0 on, 2 out), Joyce (2, 5th inning off Blackburn, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Upton, B; Pena, C 4; Joyce 5; Zobrist; Navarro, D; Brignac 3.
RBI: Pena, C (41), Joyce (2).
2-out RBI: Pena, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Longoria 2; Kapler.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
PO: Brignac (1st base by Blackburn).

FIELDING
E: Zobrist (1, throw).

 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blackburn (W, 5-2) 6.0 7 2 2 1 1 2 3.50
Henn (H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.60
Guerrier (H, 8) 0.2 0 0 0 2 2 0 3.60
Mijares (H, 6) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.16
Nathan (S, 9) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.33
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Garza, M (L, 4-4) 7.0 7 3 3 1 6 1 3.67
Nelson, J 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.23
Isringhausen 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.18
Howell 0.2 0 0 0 1 2 0 2.45

Guerrier pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

Pitches-strikes: Blackburn 98-58, Henn 7-5, Guerrier 24-13, Mijares 16-12, Nathan 11-7, Garza, M 104-71, Nelson, J 9-8, Isringhausen 21-14, Howell 12-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Blackburn 8-4, Henn 0-0, Guerrier 0-0, Mijares 1-0, Nathan 1-0, Garza, M 13-2, Nelson, J 1-0, Isringhausen 1-1, Howell 0-0.
Batters faced: Blackburn 25, Henn 1, Guerrier 4, Mijares 4, Nathan 3, Garza, M 29, Nelson, J 2, Isringhausen 4, Howell 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Mijares 1-0, Howell 2-0.
Umpires: HP: James Hoye. 1B: Mike DiMuro. 2B: Dale Scott. 3B: Jerry Meals.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:09.
Att: 26,579.
Venue: Tropicana Field.
May 31, 2009
May 31, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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