Game Three: Twins 6, Mariners 5

AlexAnalyst IApril 8, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- SEPTEMBER 28: Nick Punto #8, Brendan Harris #23, Justin Morneau #33 and Joe Nathan #36 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate after beating the Kansas City Royals 6-0 at the Metrodome on September 28, 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

A night after collecting their first victory, the Twins' third game of the season was another night of firsts.

The team hit their first homerun of the season, collected their first save of the season and they now have their first winning streak of the season as well.

Kevin Slowey took the hill for the Twins, and struggled through the first four.

Slowey, normally a control pitcher, failed time and time again to get first pitch strikes across, and left ball after ball up in the zone. He allowed nine hits and five runs through the first four innings before settling down and retiring the final seven hitters he faced.

Slowey finished after six innings, nine hits, five runs and five strikeouts. 

The offense took an early lead, and scored in two's, finishing with six runs on nine hits.

The Twins finally put the ball over the fence with homeruns by Justin Morneau and Denard Span.

The Twins struck out less, but for the third straight night a player in the lineup struck out three times; this time around it was Joe Crede.

The bullpen pitched three scoreless innings to hold the team's 6-5 lead, and give the Twins their second straight victory.

Craig Breslow pitched the seventh, and allowed a leadoff single before settling in and throwing a scoreless inning. Jesse Crain set up the ninth for Nathan with a quick eighth.

Nathan collected his 200th save as a Twin with a one-two-three inning in his first trip to the mound on the young season.

With the victory, the Twins have assured themselves of a series split, and they have a chance to take the series outright with a victory by Glen Perkins tomorrow afternoon.