Mauer drives in a run as Twins-Phillies tie

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Joe Mauer drove in the game's first run with a first-inning single, and four Minnesota Twins pitchers combined to two-hit the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1-1 tie Sunday.

Mauer, who also flied out twice, is batting .250 through five spring games after making the full-time switch to first base.

The Phillies fell to 2-8-1 this spring, among the worst records in the majors.

A two-base throwing error by Twins third baseman Brandon Waring opened the door for the Phillies to tie the game in the eighth inning against Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson. Gibson allowed one hit over two innings along with the unearned run.

Mike Pelfrey started the game. He threw three innings giving up no hits while walking two batters and striking out one. Samuel Deduno also pitched three scoreless innings. He struck out two batters and allowed one hit and one walk.

Michael Tonkin struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to secure the two-hitter.


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