Twins win; Rauch logs first save

Published: Apr 07, 2010 6:59 AM

The Twins rebounded from Monday night's season opening loss with a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Nick Blackburn looked anything but dominant, but managed to work through 6 2/3 inning while allowing just 3 runs. Brian Duensing and Matt Guerrier closed the gap nicely to enable Jon Rauch to come on for his first save as a Minnesota Twins.

Rauch threw 11 of 16 for strikes, and struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced -- a pretty successful debut as closer, I would say.

The Twins offense shined early in the game. Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and J.J. Hardy all hit their first home runs of the season. Michael Cuddyer had a 3-for-4 night at the plate, including a double. Hopefully it's all a sign of more to come in 2010.

The 3rd game of the 4-game series is tonight at 9:05 PM CT and will feature Carl Pavano against Ervin Santana.


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