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Updated: July 17th, 2012 10:55pm
Span, Revere and Mauer help propel Twins to comeback win over O's

Span, Revere and Mauer help propel Twins to comeback win over O's

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Trailing 4-1 midway through Tuesday night's marathon contest, the Minnesota Twins scored five unanswered runs to beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4.

The skinny

Two-out RBI singles by Ben Revere and Joe Mauer off O's right-hander Pedro Strop broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Twins a two-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Mauer led the Twins with three hits and a walk in five trips. Denard Span reached base four times in five trips as well, and every Twins hitter tallied at least one hit except for Justin Morneau, who walked twice and scored.

Mauer is now hitting .333/.420/.461 this season.

"It's kind of one of those, 'Oh well, it's Joe again,' type of things now," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We've seen that before. He's won a lot of batting titles doing that same thing. He just seems to get his hits. He can flat-out hit."

Jamey Carroll tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two-out, RBI double. Ryan Doumit delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 4-3, and Brian Dozier tied the game shortly after with a single of his own.

Making just his second career major league start, Sam Deduno allowed a run and issued three walks before recording his fourth out, but he settled down and posted zeros in the second, third and fourth innings without handing out any free passes.

Walks came back to haunt in the fifth when Deduno put Nick Markakis and Jim Thome on base, which led to a three-run bomb by Adam Jones that put the Orioles up 4-1.

Deduno was charged with four runs (three earned) on six hits and five walks while striking out five in just 4 1/3 innings.

Baltimore starter Zach Britton, in his 2012 debut, allowed four runs on six hits and six walks in just four innings.

Glen Perkins struck out the side in the eighth, then gave up a lead-off single to Markakis to start the ninth. Jared Burton came on and induced a groundball double play, then walked Jim Thome before fanning Adam Jones to end the game.

Turning point

A throwing error by former Twins shortstop J.J. Hardy opened the door for Revere's go-ahead RBI single.

Batting with Carroll on second and two outs in the seventh, Span hit a groundball to Hardy's backhand side. Hardy, knowing Span was hustling down the line, short-hopped first baseman Mark Reynolds, who was unable to make the scoop.

A good throw or a successful scoop would have ended the inning.

"You don't see J.J. do that a whole lot," Mauer said. "It was a tough play, but Denard keeping that inning going and Benny had a heck of an at-bat against a heck of an arm. That guy's got great stuff, and he was able to hit a breaking ball and keep the inning going."

Numbers game

3:43: Length of game.

1,198: Career hits for Mauer, which puts him in sole possession of eighth place -- ahead of Chuck Knoblauch -- on the Twins all-time list.

3: Balls in the dirt in the first inning for Deduno.

15: Consecutive games with a hit for Trevor Plouffe.

82: Games played for Mauer, tying last season's total.

70: Games played for Morneau, surpassing last season's total.

1: Not to be outdone by the web gems by Span and Revere on Monday night, catcher Mauer made a diving catch in foul territory in the sixth inning. "I think it's going to be great for another commercial for Head & Shoulders," Gardenhire said. "He said he was disappointed on the mound that his helmet didn't come off, because he thought that would have been better in the commercial."

11: Strikeouts for lefty Tyler Robertson in eight innings this season after he fanned Thome to end a threat in the sixth. "It was a fun situation to be in," Robertson said. "Thome was one of my favorite players growing up, so it was pretty exciting. I was ready for the challenge."

Health report

• RHP Carl Pavano (shoulder) hopes to throw off a mound Sunday for the first time since June 1.

• RHP Matt Capps (shoulder) was placed on the disabled list once again. He will undergo an MRI on Wednesday.

• An MRI on right-hander P.J. Walters' shoulder showed no significant damage. He will start throwing again soon.

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10 p.m. LHP Francisco Liriano (3-8, 4.93) vs. TBD
Thursday: vs. Orioles, 12:10 p.m. RHP Cole De Vries (2-2, 4.37) vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen (7-5, 3.80)

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