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Associated Press, Published June 08 2013

Doumit singles in run in 11th as Twins top Nats 4-3

WASHINGTON – On a day that had already featured a pair of marathon games elsewhere in baseball and a doubleheader the next day, the Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals needed to end extra innings in a hurry.

Ryan Doumit made sure they did.

Doumit singled in the go-ahead run, Joe Mauer homered, doubled and singled, and the Minnesota Twins defeated the Washington Nationals 4-3 in 11 innings Saturday.

“With a split doubleheader tomorrow, the last thing we need on both sides was to go deep into extra innings,” Doumit said. “I was fortunate that I got a pitch to hit there in the 11th and put a good swing on it.”

Josh Roenicke (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the win and Glen Perkins retired Washington in the 11th for his 13th save.

“We executed some, missed on a couple opportunities, but you keep getting yourself those opportunities, somebody’s going to get the big hit,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Today it was Doumit.”

The Twins, who were playing their first game in Washington since 1971, have won eight of 11.

Pinch-hitter Chris Hermann drew a walk off Craig Stammen (3-2) to open the 11th. Jamey Carroll bunted him to second and Mauer was intentionally walked. Doumit then hit a soft line drive to short center, scoring Hermann.

“It’s a nice little cherry on top. I think anybody that kind of follows the game and has a good idea, you knew that that was going to happen,” Doumit said of getting the hit after the walk to Mauer. “You knew that once Jamey bunted and Joe’s a career .395 hitter or whatever he is.”

Doumit has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, batting .319 (15 for 47) with three doubles, five home runs and 16 runs batted in.

“He’s been swinging the bat really good and we had some opportunities,” Gardenhire said.

Jayson Werth homered and former Twins player Denard Span added three hits for Washington, which has lost two straight and six of eight. They’ve scored three runs or less in seven straight games.

“It’s very frustrating,” Washington manager Davey Johnson said. “It’s getting my dander up. We’re better than this.”

The Nationals collected 10 hits, but went just 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

“We got some hits, but didn’t string them together,” said Adam LaRoche. “We need to start getting three and four in an inning, pushing some guys across.”

Minnesota Washington

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Carroll 3b 4 0 0 0 Span cf 5 1 3 0

Mauer c 5 1 3 1 Werth rf 5 1 1 2

Doumit rf 5 0 2 1 Zmrmn 3b 5 0 0 0

Wlngh lf 6 1 1 0 AdLRc 1b 5 0 1 0

Perkins p 0 0 0 0 Dsmnd ss 5 0 1 0

Mornea 1b 3 1 1 0 Rendon 2b 5 1 2 0

EEscor pr-2b 2 0 1 0 Berndn lf 3 0 1 0

Hicks cf 2 0 1 0 KSuzuk c 4 0 1 1

Dozier 2b 3 0 1 1 GGnzlz p 2 0 0 0

Parml ph-1b 2 0 0 0 Abad p 0 0 0 0

Flormn ss 4 0 0 0 Storen p 0 0 0 0

Correia p 3 0 0 0 Lmrdzz ph 1 0 0 0

Dunsng p 0 0 0 0 Clipprd p 0 0 0 0

Fien p 0 0 0 0 RSorin p 0 0 0 0

Thoms ph 1 0 1 0 EDavis p 0 0 0 0

Burton p 0 0 0 0 Krol p 0 0 0 0

Roenck p 0 0 0 0 Tracy ph 1 0 0 0

CHrmn ph-lf 0 1 0 0 Stmmn p 0 0 0 0

Totals 40 4 11 3 Totals 41 3 10 3

Minnesota 000 210 000 01— 4

Washington 002 000 100 00— 3

E—Ad.LaRoche (5). DP—Minnesota 1, Washington 2. LOB—Minnesota 13, Washington 6. 2B—Mauer (19), Morneau (14), Rendon (3), Bernadina (3), K.Suzuki (7). HR—Mauer (6), Werth (5). S—Carroll, Hicks 2, Bernadina.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Correia 6Zc 8 3 3 0 7

Duensing Xc 0 0 0 0 0

Fien 1 0 0 0 0 2

Burton 1 0 0 0 0 1

Roenicke W,2-1 1 1 0 0 0 0

Perkins S,13-15 1 1 0 0 0 0

Washington

G.Gonzalez 6 5 3 2 4 7

Abad Xc 1 0 0 0 0

Storen Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Clippard 1 0 0 0 1 0

R.Soriano 1 3 0 0 0 1

E.Davis Zc 1 0 0 0 0

Krol Xc 0 0 0 0 0

Stammen L,3-2 1 1 1 1 2 2

WP—Clippard.

T—3:42. A—41,587 (41,418).