The Twins defeated San Francisco 9-2 Tuesday night to begin a 3-game series.  Minnesota started the game with 8 straight hits and scored 8 first inning runs.  Ben Revere and Luke Hughes were each 2-5 with 2 RBIs and 1 run scored and Joe Mauer was 2-5 with a run scored and 1 RBI.

Carl Pavano threw 8 innings with 9 hits and 2 earned runs allowed to get the win and improve to 5-5.  The win for the Twins is their 8th straight and they improve to 32-39.  The Twins are 6 1/2 games back of Cleveland for first place in the American League Central.

Both Cleveland and Detroit lost Tuesday night.  The Twins play at San Francisco again tonight at 9:15, pregame on WJON at 8:45.  Righthander Nick Blackburn (6-4) gets the start on the  mound for the Twins and righthander Ryan Vogelsong (4-1) toes the rubber for the Giants.