Twins lose 6-5 in fourth straight game decided by one run

Nick Blackburn pitched 6+ innings allowing 5 runs on 7 hits with 3 Ks and one walk. The Twins had a 5-3 lead after scoring 4 runs in the 5th inning but Victor Martinez hit a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game at 5. In the 8th inning Alex Avila hit a double down the left field line that appeared to hit a fan and scored Jhonny Peralta from first base. This is how Yahoo Sports describes the play.

With Peralta on first and two outs, Avila hit a ball down the line that rattled along the short fence as fans reached over for it. Umpires stopped the play after the ball appeared to strike a fan, but they let the run stand instead of sending Peralta back to third. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire came out to argue and was ejected.

Crew chief Gary Darling, who was umpiring third base, said after the game he called fan interference and ruled Peralta would have scored without it. He said the interference came from a fan in an orange shirt.

Replays showed a fan in an orange shirt standing in a small area of seats that juts out toward the field. The ball appeared to bounce up and hit the fan while he was simply standing there.

The Twins have been battling as of late and their bullpen has not been able to hold their leads. On a positive note the Twins had another game with double-digit hits and were able to score 5 runs. The middle of the order continued to provide the production they had been in the past few games. You can view the full Yahoo! Box Score by clicking here.

The injury bug has struck again as Jason Kubel left the game in the 6th inning with a sprained ankle. X-rays came back negative and he is listed as day to day. Also, Francisco Liriano was placed on the 15 day DL after Monday’s game and Anthony Slama was called up from Class AAA Rochester to take his spot on the roster.