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Updated: September 24th, 2011 2:51pm
Liriano loses control as Twins fall to 0-7 in doubleheader games

Liriano loses control as Twins fall to 0-7 in doubleheader games

by Phil Mackey
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The Minnesota Twins still have not won a doubleheader game.

With an 8-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians in the first game of a split doubleheader on Saturday, the Twins fell to 0-7 in double dips this season.

And perhaps not shockingly, it was Francisco Liriano's shaky command that allowed the Indians to break the game open.

Liriano entered the game in the sixth inning to relieve starter Brian Duensing, and he immediately loaded the bases with nobody out by walking Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana and plunking Travis Hafner. All three of those baserunners came around to score, courtesy of a sac fly by Shelley Duncan, an RBI double by Matt Laporta and an RBI single by Jack Hannahan.

Liriano was yanked after recording only one out. His replacement, Jim Hoey, gave up two RBI singles before the inning was over.

The Indians' barrage bloated Liriano's ERA to 5.09 on the season, and it provided an insurmountable 8-2 cushion.

Cleveland came out in the first inning and jumped on Duensing, who made his first start since Sept. 3. Kipnis and Hafner each singled in the first inning, setting the table for Duncan, whose two-RBI double put the Tribe up 2-0.

Previously sidelined with a mild oblique strain, Duensing finished five innings, allowing only the two runs on three hits and a walk. He struck out four and threw 80 pitches.

The Twins scored once in the fourth when Danny Valencia crossed home plate on a wild pitch by Indians' starter David Huff, then again in the sixth on an RBI double by Trevor Plouffe.

Plouffe led the charge with three hits in four at-bats. Ben Revere added two doubles in four at-bats.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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