Orlando Cabrera scores on a wild pitch after hitting a triple in the first. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
Nick Blackburn hopped back into first-half form with seven shutout innings and Orlando Cabrera scored three runs and drove in two as the Twins got within 2 1/2 games of the idle Tigers in the AL Central. After scoring three early runs, Minnesota added two in the sixth and eighth.
Game Scores: Blackburn , Hudson, D . WP: Carrasco. IBB: Mauer (by Williams). HBP: Span (by Williams). Pitches-strikes: Blackburn 101-72, Guerrier 9-8, Keppel 8-5, Hudson, D 98-64, Carrasco 14-10, Williams 16-6, Pena,
R 35-24, Torres, C 8-5. Groundouts-flyouts: Blackburn 9-3, Guerrier 1-2, Keppel 1-2, Hudson, D 6-4, Carrasco 0-1, Williams 0-1, Pena, R 3-0,
Torres, C 2-1. Batters faced: Blackburn 28, Guerrier 3, Keppel 3, Hudson, D 24, Carrasco 3, Williams 4, Pena, R 10, Torres, C 3. Inherited runners-scored: Williams 1-1. Umpires: HP: Jim Reynolds. 1B: Chad Fairchild. 2B: Bill Welke.
3B: Tim Welke. Weather: 68 degrees, clear. Wind: 6 mph, R to L. T: 2:42. Att:
26,541. Venue: U.S. Cellular Field. September 21, 2009 September 21, 2009
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