Wagner Implodes. Burrell Explodes In Phils Loss

In a tribute to Jose Mesa, closer Billy Wagner allowed two runs in the top of the ninth as the Phillies lost to the Minnesota Twins 9-8 Sunday afternoon in Clearwater. Former Phillie Nick Punto had a big day for Minnesota with a key ninth inning triple. Meanwhile, Pat Burrell launched his first homerun of the spring and finished the day with two hits and three RBI.

Former Phillie Nick Punto delivered an RBI triple in the top of the ninth inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 9-8 Grapefruit League win over the Phillies.

Michael Cuddyer started the ninth with a double, stole third and scored the tying run on Michael Ryan's two-out single. Phillies closer Billy Wagner gave up both runs in the ninth.

Doug Mientkiewicz, Torii Hunter and Jacque Jones homered in the first inning off Phillies starter Kevin Millwood, who served up another shot to Cuddyer in the second. Millwood now has a spring ERA of 15.96 and has allowed 15 hits in 7.1 innings.

Hunter went 3-for-3 and Cuddyer also collected three hits and scored three runs.

The Phillies also used the long ball as Pat Burrell, Jimmy Rollins and Lou Collier homered in the first four innings.

Burrell drove in three runs, Rollins collected three hits and scored three runs and Collier had two RBI and two runs scored.


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