Contact Us

Diamond Returns, Twins Lose 4-2

Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins vs New York Mets, 04-13-2013
Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Scott Diamond matched Matt Harvey for four innings. Not good enough.

“I was hoping for better,” Diamond said after his first start since elbow surgery in December, a 4-2 loss to the New York Mets on Saturday.

Diamond (0-1) allowed only two hits through the first four innings. Then Marlon Byrd homered leading off the fifth, the first of seven straight hits against the Twins in a four-run inning.

“Getting out of the third inning I was pretty pumped by that and thought it was a big step,” said Diamond, who retired three in a row after Jacob Turner’s leadoff double.

Diamond gave up all four runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.

“Diamond was all all right for his first time back here,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He felt fine but got some pitches up in the fifth inning. A nice performance. He was kind of cruising right along and was doing everything OK. We’ll take that for his first performance of the year.”

Byrd’s homer was a 414-foot drive into the second deck. Collin Cowgill and Daniel Murphy hit run-scoring singles that chased Diamond, and David Wright had an RBI infield hit off Josh Roenicke.

Harvey (3-0) didn’t allow a hit until Justin Morneau homered off the right-field foul pole with two outs in the seventh inning at a chilly Target Field.

New York provided the offensive support when it strung together seven straight hits for the first time since Aug. 1, 2001, at Houston.

Harvey pitched past the seventh for the first time in 13 career major league starts. He allowed one run and two hits in eight innings with six strikeouts and two walks. His ERA rose from 0.64 to 0.82.

“That’s a horse. That guy can really wing it,” Gardenhire said.

Despite a 35-degree gametime temperature, the 24-year-old right-hander pitched with his sleeves rolled up and reached 97 mph.

Before Morneau’s homer — his first this season — Minnesota’s only hard-hit ball came on Eduardo Escobar’s lineout to first base in the third.

Bobby Parnell allowed an RBI double to Josh Willingham in the ninth, but held on for his first save. With Willingham on second, Parnell retired Morneau on a flyout and threw a called third strike past Ryan Doumit to end the game.

After starting 4-2, the Twins have lost five straight. Other than Morneau, they couldn’t get to Harvey.

“He’s a power pitcher but at the same time he located all three of his pitches,” Twins second baseman Brian Dozier said. “In and out, his slider was really working. Faced him a lot in the minor leagues and he was fastball-curveball, but now he developed that slider.”

More Twins News

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most Local News

Latest Country Music News

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kikn.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Kickin' Country 100.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Kickin' Country 100.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!