The first six innings of this game looked like games two and three of the Boston series. The Twins seized a lead, only to have it melt away.
This time, however, the result was different.
Nick Punto, Denard Span, and Justin Morneau went a combined 12-13 with six runs scored and two RBI, and the bullpen did their job to a T, as the Twins came from behind to defeat the perpetually surging Tigers in extra innings.
After the bullpen gave away the first two games in Boston, and then got shelled in the finale, they carried the team and kept the gap at no greater than four, as the offense chipped away.
And chip away they did. One each in the seventh and eighth, with two more coming in the ninth. The goat from game two of the Boston series, Matt Guerrier locked the Tigers down for two innings and made Justin Morneau’s bomb in the top of the 11th the game winner.
At this point in the season, very few individual games matter. It's all about winning the series, and winning when divisional or wild-card foes lose. Games like this, however, are always important.
The losing streak has ended and the very people who bore the brunt of the criticism for the sweep in Boston came up large today.
Regardless of how the rest of the next three games go, and regardless of how the Sox did tonight, this win was huge for the psyche of the Minnesota Twins as they try to keep pace with the rest of the AL Central.