Twins beat Dodgers 6-3

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 29, 2006 - 1:33 AM

Torii Hunter's grand slam and Johan Santana's seven scoreless innings overshadowed many other sterling performances.

In every corner of the Twins clubhouse Wednesday, there was a budding star, or an established star, with a story to tell.

They had just won for the 15th time in 16 games, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 before being hit with the biggest media swarm they had seen at the Metrodome since the home opener.

Manager Ron Gardenhire's voice grew hoarse doling out credit for a stretch that might rank as the second-best in team history, next to its 15-game winning streak in 1991.

This time, Torii Hunter connected for a first-inning grand slam, and Johan Santana (9-4) gave up only two hits in seven scoreless innings, as the Twins ran their latest winning streak to seven.

"The great thing about everything going on here," Gardenhire said, "is Torii steps up today and hits a grand slam.

Added Gardenhire: "[Hunter's] always been a big part of this ballclub, so sometimes things get overlooked. But we know who our leader is, and he sits right out there in the middle of that clubhouse."

That clubhouse was a zoo, with reporters coming in waves at Joe Mauer, who went 2-for-3 with a run-scoring double to lift his major-league leading average to .392.

He had strung together eight consecutive hits in the series before grounding out in the second inning.

Mauer said when he returned to the dugout after that at-bat, fellow catcher Mike Redmond jokingly asked him if he was feeling well.

"He was a little shocked I got out, I guess," Mauer said.

With Mauer making a bid at hitting .400, he and 22-year-old rookie Francisco Liriano have drawn most of the attention of late.

Meanwhile, others success stories have become mere footnotes:

• Santana likely sewed up American League Pitcher of the Month honors with this latest outing. In six June starts, he went 5-0 with a 1.05 ERA.

"We're winning," Santana said of his quiet success. "That's all I care about."

• Justin Morneau went 3-for-4 with two doubles and his 64th RBI.

He steered praise toward cleanup hitter Michael Cuddyer, who went 2-for-4 with a run-scoring double.

"The guy who's not being talked about at all, and needs to be talked about a lot more is Cuddyer," Morneau said.

• The Twins had a 6-0 lead until Olmedo Saenz hit a three-run double off Juan Rincon in the eighth inning. That, at least, drew attention to the end of Rincon's quiet streak of 18 consecutive appearances without giving up a run.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Buffalo 12/28/14 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Dallas 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville 12/28/14 12:00 PM
San Diego 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Washington 102 FINAL
New York 91
Oklahoma City 114 FINAL
San Antonio 106
Cleveland 81 4th Qtr 3:53
Miami 90
LA Lakers 7:00 PM
Golden State 9:30 PM
LA Clippers
DePaul 69 FINAL
Loyola Marymount 72
Ohio 58 FINAL
Nebraska 71
Colorado 41 2nd Half 15:38
Hawaii 45
George Washington 7:30 PM
Wichita State
Central Mich 48 FINAL
Western Ky 49
Fresno State 6 FINAL
Rice 30
Illinois 12/26/14 12:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Rutgers 12/26/14 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 12/26/14 7:00 PM
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Duke 12/27/14 1:10 PM
(15) Arizona State
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 2:30 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: Do you like the Twins' offseason moves so far?

Weekly Question