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“It was one after another,” Church said. “It kind of created like a snowball thing. We were feeding off each other.”

Sitting inside the first-base dugout, Acta thought he might actually enjoy an easy night for a change. Since the game was played in an American League park, he didn’t have to worry about pinch-hitters, and with the Nationals up eight runs, he thought he might be able to relax.

But before he knew it, the Twins had the tying run on deck in the eighth.

Rivera came on and killed the rally, but in his first game at the Metrodome, Acta learned he can never enjoy a night off.

“A walk, a bloop and a baggy ball away from being in trouble,” he said. “So it turned out I had to manage.”

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