- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Joe Crede’s double off the center-field fence in the 11th inning scored Justin Morneau from first base, giving the Minnesota Twins a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Glen Perkins held the highest-scoring team in the majors to two runs in eight innings for the Twins, who snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Blue Jays. That was the second-longest skid of its kind in the majors _ Milwaukee has beaten Pittsburgh 12 straight times.

Jesse Carlson (0-1) took the loss for Toronto, spoiling the second consecutive impressive outing from rookie Ricky Romero. He gave up two runs and eight hits with no walks in eight innings.

Morneau singled with one out in the 11th for his third hit of the game. After Michael Cuddyer flied out, Crede drove a double to the gap in right-center, and Morneau raced around from first base to beat the relay throw.

Jesse Crain (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Perkins, who gave up seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

After falling behind 1-0 in the second inning, Perkins retired 18 of the next 21 batters as the Twins jumped in front 2-1.

But Alex Rios doubled with two outs in the eighth and Vernon Wells singled him home to tie it, costing Perkins what would have been a well-deserved victory.

One night after Twins pitchers gave up 19 hits in an 8-6 loss to the team with the best batting average in baseball, Perkins gave manager Ron Gardenhire the kind of quality start he has been looking for from his young rotation.

Perkins allowed an RBI single to Rod Barajas in the second inning but only four hits and five baserunners the rest of the way in his second straight strong outing to start the season.

Perkins gave up five hits and one run in a 2-0 loss to Seattle last week.

Romero matched him nearly pitch for pitch in his second straight duel with another young gun. He outpitched Tigers youngster Rick Procello in his major league debut, a 6-2 win over Detroit, and was just as good this time around.

The Twins had plenty of difficulty figuring out the 24-year-old rookie, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft. The lefty from Cal State-Fullerton was effectively wild early, changing the hitters’ eye levels while moving the ball in and out of the zone.

His biggest jam came while trailing 2-1 in the sixth, when the Twins loaded the bases with nobody out. But Romero struck out Cuddyer and got Crede to bounce into a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning. That came one night after Minnesota twice had runners on third with nobody out and failed to get them home.

The Twins tied it in a mistake-prone fourth inning. Denard Span led off with Minnesota’s first hit off Romero and Alexi Casilla rolled over on one to second base. But Aaron Hill bobbled the ball, preventing him from getting a double play, and had to settle for the out at first.

Morneau followed with a ground-rule double to score Span. But with Cuddyer up next, Morneau was caught too far off second base on a flyout to center field and was easily thrown out by Wells.

Redmond’s single scored Crede for a 2-1 lead in the fifth.

Toronto entered leading the majors in batting, runs, hits, doubles and total bases, but could barely get to Perkins. Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston decided to sit Travis Snider, who hit two home runs on Monday night, and Lyle Overbay, who went deep himself, against the lefty.

Notes:@ Hill went hitless for the first time this season. … Minnesota Wild D Kurtis Foster attended the game. A young boy with a Wild hat on saw him signing an autograph and shouted, “Are you a Wild player?!? Who are you?”

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