Silva strikes out 8 Phillies in seven innings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Carlos Silva couldn't crack Philadelphia's
rotation, mostly because he had only two reliable pitches.

The right-hander got a chance to show the Phillies what they
missed out on.

Silva struck out a career-high eight in seven sharp innings
against his former team, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 6-1 victory over the Phillies on Saturday night.

"I'm happy because I won," Silva said. "I'm not happy because
I beat the Phillies."

Silva (7-3), who's developed a curveball and a changeup to accompany his fastball and power sinker, gave up eight hits without a walk.

Acquired in a December trade with Philadelphia for left-hander
Eric Milton, Silva turned in one of his best starts -- surprising
his old club with a new pitch.

"He didn't have that good curve," Phillies manager Larry Bowa
said. "Now as a starter, he's had time to work on that and develop
that pitch."

Silva went 8-1 with a 3.83 ERA in 130 appearances for
Philadelphia the last two seasons, making just one start. On
Saturday, he tamed the Phillies, who scored 38 runs in their
previous three games.

"The knock on Silva was his off-speed pitches," Phillies
catcher Mike Lieberthal said. "Last year, he was inconsistent --
not very sharp with his curves. This year, he looks more

Silva said he was hurt, initially, by the trade, but it's worked
out for the best. He credited Minnesota pitching coach Rick
Anderson and right-hander Brad Radke for their help, as well as
friendly teammates.

"The first day when I get to the Twins, they treat me like I've
played for them a long time ago," Silva said.

Luis Rivas went 3-for-4 with a two-run triple and Juan Rincon
struck out the side in the eighth for the Twins, who scored four
runs with two outs in the second inning against Phillies starter
Kevin Millwood.

Jim Thome hit career homer No. 399, his 18th of the season, to
start the seventh. Silva gave up consecutive singles before
retiring Chase Utley on a line smash to right and Lieberthal on a
6-4-3 double play.

Millwood (4-5), who avoided arbitration in February by signing
an $11 million, one-year deal, isn't giving the Phillies their
money's worth. He gave up four runs, six hits and two walks in six
innings while striking out three.

"It's definitely frustrating to have that high of an ERA and a
losing record this late in the season," Millwood said. "But
there's a long way to go and a lot of time to correct things."

Millwood retired 13 of the last 16 batters he faced after the
fateful second inning, but his ERA rose to 4.94 and he hasn't won
in six starts since May 11.

"The last two starts, it's been one bad inning that's killed
me," he said. "If I knew what was causing it, I would correct

Doug Mientkiewicz hit an RBI single and Lew Ford followed with
an RBI double in the eighth for the Twins, who were flawless in the
field -- turning three double plays.

Rookie Joe Mauer ended the sixth by throwing out Bobby Abreu
trying to steal. Rivas made an excellent pivot and throw to an
outstretched Mientkiewicz on a 6-4-3 double play to end the fourth
and prevent a run. And center fielder Torii Hunter made an
outstanding catch for the third straight game -- running down a long
fly hit by Jimmy Rollins in the sixth and hauling it in with his
glove at waist level.

"Sometimes it gets overlooked, but that's what we pride
ourselves on," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

The Twins batted around in the second, when Millwood allowed six
straight to reach base with two outs. Jacque Jones started the
rally with a single.

Jose Offerman walked, and Mauer pounded an 0-2 pitch to center
to drive in Jones. Rivas made it 3-0 with his triple to right,
sliding in safely as Abreu's throw bounced and third baseman David
Bell couldn't hang on.

Guzman singled to score Rivas and Mientkiewicz got hit in the
foot with a pitch before Millwood struck out Ford to end it.

Game notes
Thome tied Al Kaline for 37th place on the all-time home
run list. His 23 homers in the Metrodome are the most by any
visitor. ... Rollins is 2-for-26 in his career against Minnesota.
... The Twins went 3-for-3 in stolen bases, two by Guzman. The last
one, a close play at third, prompted Bowa's third ejection of the