Levale Speigner and four-relievers combined on a five-hitter. Speigner is 2-and-2 after his best outing of the year. He held the Twins to one run on two hits over six innings.
Justin Morneau hit his 17th homer for the Twins. The loss went to Twins ace Johan Santana, who falls to 6-and-5.
Chad Cordero recorded his eighth save in 12 chances for the Nationals. It was his 100th career save. Cordero got out of a two-on, two-out jam in the ningth by retiring Jason Tyner.