Mauer Twice as Nice


Mauer ripped an inside fastball from Byung-Hyun Kim into the left-field seats in the first for a solo homer, then hit an almost identical pitch from Kim to almost the identical spot for a two-run shot in the sixth. It was Mauer's second career multi-homer game; the first came on June 30, 2004, against the White Sox.

Santana scattered five hits, walked one and struck out eight to improve his record to 8-6. He helped his own cause in the second when he drew back a bunt attempt and ripped an outside fastball into the right-center-field gap, scoring Nick Punto from first. Santana cruised into third standing up for his first career triple, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason Bartlett.

Florida added an unearned run in the second when Luis Rodriguez threw a ball into center field trying to turn a double play. Aaron Boone scored from second on the play, but Santana struck out Matt Carroll swinging to strand runners at second and third.

With runners at first and second in the fourth, Santana chopped a ball to the right side that appeared to be an inning-ending double play. But Boone's throw to second hit Punto in the arm and caromed into left field, scoring Rodriguez from second. Bartlett followed with an RBI single, but Santana was picked off of third when he wandered too far on Jeff Cirillo's ground ball up the middle.

After a walk by Mauer loaded the bases, Michael Cuddyer struck out looking on an 0-2 pitch to end the inning. He protested the call to home plate umpire Larry Young, then continued mumbling as he walked back toward the dugout. After demonstratively throwing his batting gloves to the ground, Cuddyer was ejected by Young, which immediately brought manager Ron Gardenhire sprinting out of the dugout and throwing his hat toward the plate. Within seconds, he was tossed, as well.


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