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Updated: May 12th, 2010 2:36pm
Carl Pavano strong again and gets some help -- finally -- in win

Carl Pavano strong again and gets some help -- finally -- in win

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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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.

Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau drove in runs to knot the score in the third. Then, in the fourth, Delmon Young ripped a leadoff double and came home on Denard Span's two-out roller up the middle.

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."

Brian Duensing and Matt Guerrier split a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Jon Rauch worked the ninth for his ninth save in 10 opportunities.

The Twins are off on Thursday, then open a three-game series against the Yankees on Friday night in New York.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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