WASHINGTON -- Hot-hitting Ryan Doumit
drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th as the Minnesota Twins
beat the slumping Washington Nationals
4-3 on Saturday.
The Nationals (29-31) have lost six of their last eight games while Minnesota (27-31) has won eight of its last 11. Chris Herrmann
of the Twins led off the 11th with a walk against Washington reliever Craig Stammen, who fell to 3-2. A sacrifice bunt by Jamey Carroll moved Herrmann to second and the Nationals intentionally walked Joe Mauer
to put runners on first and second with one out. That brought up Doumit, who singled to center to drive in Herrmann with the game-winning run.
Doumit entered the game with 15 RBI in his previous 10 games.
"He is swinging really, really good," Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire said of his No. 3 hitter.
Josh Roenicke (2-1) got the win as he pitched a scoreless 10th while Glen Perkins picked up the save.
The Nationals had tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh on a high chopper by Kurt Suzuki that got past Minnesota shortstop Pedro Florimon for a double into short left. Anthony Rendon, who led off with a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt scored on the play.
Mauer hit the 100th homer of his career, a solo shot off Washington starter Gio Gonzalez to the opposite field, to give Minnesota a 3-2 lead in the fifth.
The infield defense of the Nationals let them down in the fourth. After former Washington outfielder Josh Willingham reached on a single on a grounder that eluded third baseman Zimmerman and shortstop Ian Desmond, Justin Morneau
followed with a hard grounder to first baseman LaRoche.
LaRoche was looking for the ball to bounce up and it went under his glove into the right field corner as Willingham scored all the way from first and Morneau took second on the error. Rookie Aaron Hicks drew a walk and Brian Dozier hit a hard grounder past Zimmerman as Morneau scored to make it 2-2.
Werth had given Washington a 2-0 lead in the third with a two-run homer off Correia.
Gonzalez, who has not won a game since May 5, went six innings and allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits and four walks with seven strikeouts.
Correia allowed three runs in 6 and 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Saturday's game was the first for the Twins in Washington since the 1971 season, after which the Senators moved to Texas.
NOTES: Washington manager Davey Johnson said pitcher Stephen Strasburg (right lat strain) is on track to pitch a simulated game Tuesday in Colorado and come off the disabled list to pitch on June 16 at Philadelphia. Strasburg threw in the outfield before the game on Saturday, starting with soft tosses from about 20 feet away and working up to about throws of 120 feet before a bullpen session. "He had a great bullpen," Johnson said. ... Outfielder Bryce Harper will see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his left knee bursitis Monday. "He felt pretty good today and the swelling was down," Johnson said. ... Gardenhire played infield for the New York Mets
under Johnson in 1984-85. "He believed in me. I really enjoyed playing for Davey. He should have played me more," Gardenhire, a .232 career hitter, said with a laugh. ... The Nationals signed right-handed pitcher Jake Johansen, the No. 68 overall pick on Thursday in the MLB First-Year Player draft. "I wanted to get out and play as quickly as possible," he said. "I do see myself as a starter." He is expected to start his career with Auburn in the New York-Penn League, which begins the season June 17.
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