Morneau, Colabello double Twins to first win
- Blog Post by: Phil Miller
- February 25, 2013 - 2:55 PM
FORT MYERS, FLA. -- Justin Morneau drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double on Monday, and Morneau's backup at first base, Chris Colabello, broke an eighth-inning tie with a double of his own, leading the Twins to their first victory of the spring, 5-4 over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Hammond Stadium.
Morneau, after lining into a double play in his first at-bat, walloped a pitch from Jeanmar Gomez to the wall in left-center in the fourth inning, driving home Jamey Carroll, who had singled, and Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham, who had walked. Morneau then scored when Brian Dozier laced a single up the middle off Brooks Brown.
But the Pirates tied the score in the seventh inning when outfielder Jose Tabata launched an Esmerling Vazquez pitch beyond the left-field wall.
That set up Colabello's heroics, for the second straight day. The reserve first baseman, whose ninth-inning single tied Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, sliced a double into right-center, driving home Brandon Boggs from first with the tie-breaking run.
Vance Worley started and pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut, and Pedro Hernandez earned the save. Hernandez was aided by a sparkling 5-4-3 double play started on a slick play by third-base prospect Mark Sobolewski.
The Twins, now 1-2 in Grapefruit League play, travel to Dunedin on Tuesday to face Toronto.
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