Philadelphia - From little-known Drew Butera to MVP Joe Mauer, the Minnesota Twins got huge hits in clutch situations.
Mauer hit a tying homer off Brad Lidge to cap a five-run rally in the ninth inning, and Delmon Young drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th, sending Minnesota to a 13-10 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
Each team hit a dramatic homer when it was down to its last out in a wild game that featured nine home runs and 29 hits.
“We’re known not to quit and we didn’t quit,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “A lot of great things happened out there.”
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Pinch-hitter Jim Thome cracked a two-run homer in the ninth off Phillies reliever Jose Contreras. Two outs later, Mauer’s two-run drive off Lidge tied it at 9.
Butera’s first career home run, also a pinch-hit shot, gave the Twins a 10-9 lead in the 10th, but pinch-hitter Ross Gload hit a tying homer off closer Jon Rauch (2-1) with two outs in the bottom half.
Mauer’s one-out walk against Danys Baez (2-3) got the Twins started in the 11th. Justin Morneau was intentionally walked with a 2-0 count, and Rauch advanced the runners with a sacrifice. Young singled to deep shortstop to put the Twins ahead 11-10. Matt Tolbert followed with a two-run triple.
The AL Central-leading Twins snapped a two-game skid. The Phillies had won three straight after going 6-15 and falling into third place in the National League East.
Butera was batting .154 (6-for-39) before he led off the 10th with a homer against Chad Durbin.
“When I hit it, I started running and then I thought, ‘Whoa, it has a chance,’ ” Butera said.
But Gload ripped a 3-1 pitch just over the right-field wall to tie it. It was his third pinch-hit homer this season.
Trailing 9-4 in the ninth, the Twins came back against Contreras and Lidge. Thome’s drive earned the former Phillie a standing ovation and gave him 570 career home runs, breaking a tie with Rafael Palmeiro for 11th place on the career list.
Thome has now homered against each of the 30 major league teams.
After a walk, Lidge came in. He gave up an RBI single to Denard Span before striking out Orlando Hudson for the second out.
But Mauer, the reigning AL MVP, connected for his third homer of the season to tie it at 9.