Washington Nationals: Twins beat Nats 4-3 in 11 innings
- Twins' Chris Herrmann scores the winning run in the 11th inning Saturday, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ryan Doumit singled in the go-ahead run, Joe Mauer homered, doubled and singled, and the Minnesota Twins defeated the Washington Nationals 4-3 in 11 innings Saturday.
Josh Roenicke (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the win and Glen Perkins retired Washington in the 11th for his 13th save.
The Twins, who were playing their first game in Washington since 1971, have won eight of 11.
Jayson Werth homered and former Twin Denard Span added three hits for Washington, which has lost two straight and six of eight.
Pinch hitter Chris Hermann drew a walk off Craig Stammen (3-2) to open the 10th. Jamey Carroll bunted him to second and Mauer was intentionally walked. Doumit then hit a soft line drive to short center, scoring Hermann.
Trailing 3-2, the Nationals tied it against Twins starter Kevin Correia in the seventh.
Anthony Rendon led off with a single and was bunted to second. Kurt Suzuki hit a high bouncer that shortstop Pedro Florimon charged, but he was unable to come up with it and Rendon scored while Suzuki raced to second with a double as the ball rolled into left field.
Correia pitched 6 1-3 innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. He struck out a season-high seven and didn't walk a batter.
Mauer broke a 2-2 tie when he hit a solo homer off Washington starter Gio Gonzalez with one out in the fifth.
Gonzalez gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out seven. He's winless in his last six starts despite allowing more than two earned runs only once during that stretch.
The Nationals broke on top in the third. Span singled with two outs and Werth lined a 1-2 pitch from Correia over the wall for his fifth home run.
Minnesota came back with two in the fourth. After Josh Willingham singled off Ryan Zimmerman's glove, Justin Morneau hit a smash toward first that got by Adam LaRoche. Willingham scored from first as the ball rolled to the right-field corner. Morneau ended up on second on the error and, after Aaron Hicks walked, scored when Brian Dozier singled past a diving Zimmerman.
NOTES: The Twins last played in Washington on July 19, 1971, when they lost 5-2 to the Senators. The Minnesota franchise began play in 1901 as the original Washington Senators and left D.C. after the 1960 season. . Washington RHP Stephen Strasburg (right lat strain) threw a bullpen session Saturday. Manager Davey Johnson said Strasburg had no symptoms from the injury and is on track to throw a simulated game Tuesday in Colorado and start at Cleveland on June 16. . Johnson said OF Bryce Harper (bursitis) reported the swelling in his left knee was down. Harper will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion on the ailing knee. . Mauer's homer was career number 100. . Willingham's run was the 500th of his career. . The Nationals' Ian Desmond extended his hitting streak to 10 games. .. LHP Scott Diamond (4-4, 4.66) will start the opener of Sunday's day-night doubleheader for the Twins against RHP Jordan Zimmerman (8-3, 2.16). In the night game, a makeup of Friday's rainout, Minnesota's RHP Samuel Deduno (2-1, 3.44) will go against RHP Nate Karns (0-1, 6.00).
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