September 9, 2009
MLB: Minnesota 4, Toronto 1
Justin Morneau broke an eighth-inning tie with a home run Wednesday and Carl Pavano outpitched Roy Halladay to bring Minnesota a 4-1 decision over Toronto.
Pavano (12-11) allowed a run on six hits and struck out five in 7 1/3 innings to get the best of the ace of the Toronto staff.
Minnesota began the night 6 1/2 games behind Detroit in the race for the American League Central title.
With the score deadlocked at 1-1, Halladay retired the first two batters in the eighth. Morneau then hit an 0-1 pitch over the wall in center to give the Twins the lead. Michael Cuddyer added a two-run, two-out double in the ninth.
Joe Nathan came on to retire the Blue Jays in order in the bottom of the inning to pick up his 38th save.