Jun 20, 2010

Pavano goes the distance as Phillies fall 4-1.


(Philadelphia, PA) - Twins starter Carl Pavano went the distance and the combo of Denard Span and Justin Morneau both went 2-4 with a home run a piece as the Twins topped the Phillies 4-1, in game three of their interleague series at Citizens Bank Park.

Pavano (8-5) allowed one run on four hits and struck out a pair en route to his eight win of the season.

Pavano was assisted by an excellent defensive effort by the Twins infielders and thanked them in his post game press conference.

"The boys played great behind me and we beat a tough pitcher today." Pavano said.

The sole Phillies run came in the bottom of the fifth when  Wilson Valdez sent a one-out shot over the left field wall. It was his second of the season and only third for his career.

Roy Halladay (8-6) went eight innings and was responsible for all four Twins runs. He allowed 11 hits and struck out eight.

The Twins got on Halladay early when in the top of the first when Joe Mauer sent a one-out line drive single to center that scored Orlando Hudson from second.

Mauer tied up last nights game in the bottom of the ninth on a two-run homer to center field that sent the game to extra innings.

After a rough first inning Halladay rebounded as he held the Twins scoreless until the fifth when Denard Span sent his one-out solo shot to left field, his second of the season.

The Twins plated another run in the sixth on a Jason Kubel single and Morneau knocked in his 15th home run of the season in the 8th to give the Twins their 4-1 lead.

Despite the loss Halladay did show control and looked much better then he did during the 8-3 drudging by the New York Yankees in his last outing where he allowed six runs in six innings of work.

Halladay has lost his third in a row and has not won a game since June 4th in the Phillies 3-2 over San Diego

The Phillies bats were not a major issues as they only struck out twice but most of the credit for today's outcome has to go to the Twins defense. The Phillies went 0-5 with runner in scoring position and went down in order in the sixth, seventh and eighth and only managed one hit in the ninth, a Ryan Howard double.

The Phillies continue interleague play as they will host Cleveland on Tuesday for a three game series. Game 1 starters have yet to be announced.

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