The Twins looked like they were going to escape Friday's game with a 1-0 win.
Nick Blackburn pitched seven solid innings.
"I think today everything was just down," said Blackburn, who had struggled earlier this month, "and that hasn’t been the case for probably the last four or five starts."
Joe Nathan took care of business in the eighth.
"He threw the ball very well," said manager Ron Gardenhire after the game. "He’s throwing the ball good."
However, closer Matt Capps gave up a two-run homer to up-and-coming superstar Eric Hosmer.
"I tried to go in to Hosmer and it just ran right over the plate," said Capps, who left the mound crestfallen. "He put a good swing on it. It shows why he’s a good young player and he hit it out of the park."
Capps earned two saves in three appearances in Chicago, but has yet to earn one in Minnesota since June 29 against Los Angeles.
"I mean, I don’t know," he said when asked about his struggles at home. "The plate is still 60 feet, six inches. There’s no difference home or the road or anything like that."
The Twins have a setup man in Glen Perkins and a closer in Nathan. It may be time to shop Capps.
Tom Schreier is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand or from official interview materials from the Minnesota Twins.