Blackburn Pitches Twins Past Rockies

Mauer has early RBI; Young ignites winning rally in seventh
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2008 11:54 PM CDT
Minnesota Twins' Brendan Harris, right, steals second base as Colorado Rockies shortstop Clint Barmes applies the tag in the eighth inning of the Twins' 4-2 victory in an interleague Major League Baseball...   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – Nick Blackburn pitched seven strong innings and Delmon Young doubled twice and scored two runs to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. Blackburn (4-2) struck out five and didn't walk a batter to help the Twins end a three-game skid. Joe Nathan remained perfect in 13 save opportunities.

The game was tied 2-2 when Young, who had three hits, started the winning rally with a leadoff double in the sixth. He moved to third on a flyout by Mike Lamb and scored on a sacrifice fly by Adam Everett. Clint Barmes had three hits for the Rockies, who have lost six straight and eight of 11.