Young, Butera power Twins' win behind strong start by Baker
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MINNEAPOLIS -- This time, the short-handed Minnesota Twins did enough to support a solid outing by their starting pitcher.
Delmon Young and Drew Butera each drove in two runs Saturday night at Target Field to power a 6-1 victory behind Scott Baker, who allowed only three baserunners and struck out eight over eight innings in the back end of a doubleheader.
Mauer pinch hit in the eighth -- his first appearance since sustaining a deep tissue bruise in his left heel April 30 at Kansas City -- and struck out with the bases loaded, setting the stage for Butera's two-run, two-out rip through the left side of the infield. That followed a run-scoring ground-rule double to center field by Young, who finished 3-for-4.
Consecutive two-out doubles by Young and Nick Punto put the Twins up 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning. Baltimore evened the score in the fifth on a towering home run to right field by Luke Scott.
The Twins regained the lead in the sixth, when Michael Cuddyer grounded into a bases-loaded play, scoring one, and Young fisted an RBI single over shortstop.
That left the score at 3-1 until the three-run eighth.
Right-hander Nick Blackburn (2-1, 5.79 ERA) gets the ball for Sunday's 1:10 p.m. series finale against Baltimore lefty Brian Matusz (2-2, 3.93).