MINNEAPOLIS Even though Justin Morneau hasn't homered in over 160 at-bats, the Twins first baseman has still been a big part of Minnesota's offense.
Such was the case Tuesday, when Morneau went 3-for-4 with a double and drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning to help Minnesota top Philadelphia by a 3-2 final at Target Field. Morneau's single with two outs in the eighth drove in Jamey Carroll from third and helped the Twins improve to 29-33 on the year.
"A very big at-bat by Mr. Morneau," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
Morneau came to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and a 2-2 tie. He faced left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo, who was called in from the bullpen to replace Mike Adams and face Morneau. After fouling off three two-strike pitches, Morneau lined a rocket back up the middle for a base hit.
The left-handed Morneau has batted just .246 against lefties this year, but he connected against Bastardo. Morneau also continued...