1:10 PM ET, June 28, 2007
Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
• Summary: Frank Thomas became the 21st player in major league history to hit 500 home runs, but the Twins rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Toronto 8-5.
• Turning point: Minnesota's four-run fifth inning. The Twins chipped away at a 5-3 deficit, then the first of Torii Hunter's two homers catapulted them into the lead.
• Hero: Thomas. Never one for show, the Big Hurt casually broke into his 500th home run trot. He was treated to an ovation from the Metrodome crowd, and also doubled and tied his season high with four RBIs -- and got ejected in the ninth!
• Unsung hero: AL MVP Justin Morneau, just for showing up. Morneau returned to the Minnesota lineup after missing six games with a bruised lung. He drove in a run in three at-bats at DH.
• Figure this: Twins shortstop Jason Bartlett twice stole second base and is 15-for-15 in attempts this year.
• Quotable: "I'm probably the first to get 500 home runs and get thrown out of the ballgame. That's something I didn't want to happen." -- Thomas
-- ESPN.com news services
Twins 8, Blue Jays 5
Hunter has eight two-homer games. ... Bartlett twice stole second base and is 15-for-15 in attempts this year. ... Jason Phillips had a passed ball in the sixth, the second straight game a Toronto catcher has allowed a passed ball.
Regular Season Series
|Toronto leads 6-4 (as of Thu 6/28)|
|Fri 5/25||@MIN 4, TOR 3||Recap|
|Sat 5/26||TOR 9, @MIN 8||Recap|
|Sun 5/27||@MIN 4, TOR 2||Recap|
|Mon 6/25||TOR 8, @MIN 5||Recap|
|Tue 6/26||@MIN 2, TOR 1||Recap|
|Wed 6/27||TOR 5, @MIN 4||Recap|
|» Thu 6/28||@MIN 8, TOR 5||Box Score|
|Mon 7/23||@TOR 6, MIN 4|
|Tue 7/24||@TOR 7, MIN 0||Recap|
|Wed 7/25||@TOR 13, MIN 1||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Blue Jays | Twins|
|1st||M Stairs singled to center, A Rios scored, V Wells to second.||1||0|
|1st||F Thomas homered to left, V Wells and M Stairs scored.||4||0|
|1st||M Cuddyer singled to center, J Tyner scored, J Bartlett to second.||4||1|
|3rd||J Bartlett homered to left.||5||2|
|4th||T Hunter homered to center.||5||3|
|5th||J Mauer grounded out to first, J Tyner scored, J Bartlett to third.||5||4|
|5th||J Morneau grounded out to second, J Bartlett scored, M Cuddyer to second.||5||5|
|5th||T Hunter homered to left, M Cuddyer scored.||5||7|
|6th||J Tyner singled to center, L Rodriguez scored, N Punto to second.||5||8|
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|Stadium||Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN|
|Attendance||31,038 (78.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mark Wegner, First Base - Bruce Froemming, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Brian Runge|