Twins 11, Phillies 7
WP – Nick Blackburn (3-4, 7.68)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (2-6, 5.08)
MINNEAPOLIS — The worst bullpen in baseball ruined a good offensive showing yet again.
With a pair of come backs within reach for the Phillies, twice the bullpen let it slip away as the Phillies dropped their third straight, losing 11-7 Tuesday in Minneanapolis. The Phillies fell to five games below .500 and 9.5 games out of first.
The Phillies kept getting close but the Twins kept pulling away.
It all started with Kyle Kendrick, who was absolutely awful through four innings. Denard Span led off the game with solo home run, giving the Twins an early 1-0 lead through one.
Kendrick got beat up in the second, allowing a two-run homer to Trevor Plouffe and then a single, walk and a pair of RBI singles to Ben Revere and Joe Mauer to give Minnesota a 5-0 lead.
It woke up the Phillies offense in the 4th inning. Jim Thome scored on a ground out by Ty Wigginton, putting the Phillies on the board with two outs.
Two singles later, Michael Martinez hit an RBI single up the middle and Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run double to bring the Phillies all the way back within one run.
The Twins tapped Kendrick for another run in the 4th inning thanks to an RBI double by Mauer to make it 6-4. They got two more in the next inning off reliever Joe Savery, pulling ahead 8-4.
But the Phillies offense had more fight in it.
With the bases loaded and one out, John Mayberry hit a weak grounder to short that allowed a run score to make it an 8-5 game. After Hunter Pence walked to load the bases, Thome hit a two-run single into left field to pull the Phillies within 8-7.
But like the last time, the Twins slowly pulled away again thanks to a solo homer by Josh Willingham in the bottom of the 6th and a pair of runs scored in the 7th to make it 11-7.
2B: Ruiz (13), Rollins 2 (11).