Willingham lifts Twins with walk-off homerun

It’s been the kind of season where this just doesn’t happen. As a matter of fact, not many good things have happened for the Twins in 2012. But Tuesday night was the exception. With two outs, two runners on and down 2-0 in the bottom of the 9th, the Twins got a three run homerun from Josh Willingham to beat the A’s 3-2. It marked their first walk-off of the season and gave Willingham a win over his former team.

• The Twins had their first walk-off victory of the season…the Twins are now 11-9 in one-run games this season…this was their first win this season when trailing after eight innings (1-29)…this was the Twins fourth series victory this season (4-10-3 in series play).
• Cole De Vries made his second Major League start tonight, pitching 5.0 innings for the second time…his five walks marked the third time a Twins starter had walked five-plus in an outing this season, the others being Jason Marquis, May 5 at Seattle and P.J. Walters, May 27 vs. Detroit.
• The nine walks by Twins pitchers set a season-high and were their most since August 9, 2011 vs. Boston (also nine).
• With two more doubles plays turned tonight, the Twins now have 71 on the season…they entered today first in all of baseball with 69, ahead of the Blue Jays’ 57…of the Twins 71 DP’s, 63 of them have been on the ground, also the most in baseball.
• Ben Revere (2-for-5) has hit in eight of 10 games since his recall, batting .310 (13-for-42) with four doubles, one triple, three stolen bases, five runs scored and a .356 on-base percentage.
• Justin Morneau recorded his 240th career double in the fourth inning, passing Michael Cuddyer and moving into sole possession of seventh place on the Twins’ All-Time doubles list…next is Gary Gaetti with 252 career doubles as a Twin…Morneau hit his 241st double in the sixth inning.
• Morneau collected two doubles (single-game career-high) in a game for the 27th time in his career and first since May 11, 2011 vs. Detroit…10th time this season a Twin had two doubles in a game…with 10 doubles on the season, he reached double-digit doubles for the ninth consecutive season.
• Brian Duensing allowed just his second inherited runner to score in the seventh inning…he entered the game having allowed just one of his 13 inherited runners to score this season…his 7.7 inherited-runners-scored percentage entering today, was the third-lowest among all lefty relievers in baseball with a minimum of 20.0 innings pitched (Aroldis Chapman - 0% and Robbie Ross - 6.7%).
• Josh Willingham hit his fifth career walk-off home run and his first since May 23, 2010 against Baltimore.
• Nick Blackburn allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched in his first rehab start for Triple-A Rochester tonight.

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