Carl Pavano strong again and gets some help -- finally -- in win
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Finally, the Minnesota Twins gave Carl Pavano a little support.
The right-hander threw seven strong innings on Wednesday afternoon and the Twins rallied from an early two-run deficit to beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 -- splitting the two-game series as they depart for a seven-game East Coast swing.
"My last thought in my mind," Pavano said, "was if they were going to score me runs."
The Twins (22-12) had been shut out in Pavano's two previous starts, but falling behind 2-0 before they came to bat didn't faze them on this day.
That was enough for Pavano, who went at least seven innings and allowed two earned runs for a fourth consecutive start. In that span, he's struck out 22, walked only six and allowed nine runs (eight earned) over 30 innings for a 2.40 ERA.
"He was kind of missing with his fastball," Mauer said of Pavano's first inning. "We started mixing in his breaking stuff after that and kept them off balance, so it was good."
The Twins are off on Thursday, then open a three-game series against the Yankees on Friday night in New York.