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Updated: June 15th, 2010 9:51pm
Offense explodes in middle innings as Twins beat Rockies 9-3

Offense explodes in middle innings as Twins beat Rockies 9-3

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins teed off on Colorado starter Aaron Cook on Tuesday night, and Carl Pavano hurled seven strong innings for the 10th time in 13 starts, en route to a 9-3 win over the Rockies.

Colorado jumped out to an early 2-0 lead courtesy of a solo home run by Troy Tulowitzki in the first inning, and an RBI triple by Carlos Gonzalez in the third. But that wasn't nearly enough run support for Cook (2-4, 5.15), who served up five runs on six hits and two walks in the fourth inning alone before being pulled from the game.

Michael Cuddyer started the fourth-inning run parade with an RBI double, and Delmon Young followed with an RBI single to tie the game 2-2. Nick Punto and Denard Span later added RBI singles to put the Twins up 5-2.

In the fifth inning, Kubel snuck a two-run blast inside the right-field foul pole to make it 7-2, and Span singled home Young to put the Twins up 8-2. Matt Tolbert then added a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth.

Justin Morneau was the only Twins hitter that didn't collect at least one hit. Young led the charge with three hits, raising his batting line to .295/.333/.500 on the season.

Pavano (7-6, 3.92) allowed three earned runs on five hits and a walk over seven innings, while striking out five.

Orlando Hudson was hoping to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, but he was still unable to take batting practice from the left side of the plate.

Scott Baker (5-5, 4.81) is scheduled to face RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-5, 4.04) on Wednesday night at 7:10.

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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