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Morneau leads Twins past Tigers

Thursday, July 10, 2008

By The Associated Press

DETROIT -- Justin Morneau hit an 11th-inning homer, tying a career-high with his fifth hit, and Minnesota overcame a four-run deficit to beat Detroit 7-6 on Thursday.

The Twins, who stopped a three-game losing streak, trailed 6-4 in the ninth but tied the score against closer Todd Jones on two singles, an error and Joe Mauer's sacrifice fly.

Morneau homered off Freddy Dolsi (1-3) with two outs in the 11th. He also doubled twice.

Matt Guerrier (5-4) pitched two innings for the victory, the Twins' 17th in 22 games.

Detroit, which had won three straight, was trying to move three games over .500 for the first time since its 24-36 start.

Denard Span had four hits for the Twins, who fell behind 6-2 in the fourth.

Jones failed to convert a save for just the second time in 18 chances.

Athletics 3, Mariners 2, 11 innings

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jack Cust and Kurt Suzuki hit solo homers in the ninth inning, and Emil Brown hit another solo shot in the 11th for Oakland.

Brown's first career game-winning home run gave Caesar Jimenez (0-1) his first career decision, after Huston Street (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings.

Cust led off the ninth with his 17th homer off Brandon Morrow. The Mariners' new closer got two strikeouts, but Suzuki hit his first career pinch-hit homer to send the game to extra innings.

It was Morrow's first career blown save and spoiled a stellar performance by R.A. Dickey, who gave up four hits over seven scoreless innings.

A's starter Greg Smith allowed four hits over six innings.

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