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Radke, Tyner help Twins end three-game skid

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Brad Radke looked washed up earlier this
year. Fast forward to August and the right-hander is gaining steam
just when the Minnesota Twins need him the most.

Radke pitched seven innings and Jason Tyner had three hits and
two RBI to lead the Twins over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 Sunday.

Michael Cuddyer also hit his 17th homer for Minnesota, which had
lost three straight overall and five consecutive games at home.

"Radke always seems to step up and give us a good start when we
need one," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Minnesota, which trails Chicago by 2½ games in the AL wild-card
race, had been outscored 35-3 over its last five home games and
managed only one run in the first three games against Toronto.

"We're not panicking here," said Gardenhire, whose team
recorded its fifth shutout of the season. "We got deflated a bit
coming off a good road trip, but that happens to all teams."

Shaun Marcum (1-2) yielded four runs and eight hits in five
innings for Toronto. He struck out two and walked two in his fifth
career start.

"We know we can battle back from just about anything after the
start we put ourselves in," Cuddyer said. "We don't get too
emotionally high or too emotionally low. We just need to go out and
play good baseball no matter how many games we've won or lost in a
row."

It was the second straight outing that Radke (12-8) has pitched
the Twins (68-49) to a key victory. On Aug. 8, the right-hander
pitched seven solid innings to give Minnesota a win over
division-leading Detroit one day after learning that standout
rookie Francisco Liriano may be lost for the season.

Radke, who is battling soreness in his right shoulder, scattered
five hits and struck out three Sunday to help the Twins avoid being
swept at home in the four-game series.

"I felt good today," Radke said. "We've struggled the past
few days, but the guys went out and scored some early runs and
played good defense today."

The 33-year-old Radke has won three straight starts and is 3-0
with a 1.64 ERA in August after going 2-3 with an 8.89 ERA in
April.

"Radke is a proven winner in this league," Toronto manager
John Gibbons said.

Tyner's double to right scored Justin Morneau to give the Twins
a 1-0 lead in the second inning and their first lead of the series.
The speedy left-fielder finished a home run short of the cycle.

"Every time (Tyner) came up, I said, 'My God, I gotta get this
guy out somehow," Marcum said.

Cuddyer hit a solo homer to left-center in the third and Tyner
tripled in a run in the sixth to make it 4-0.

Morneau finished with two hits and two RBI.

Bengie Molina had two hits for the Blue Jays.

Toronto (63-55) is four games into a 10-game road trip that now
takes them to Tampa Bay and Baltimore. The Blue Jays have won six
of their last eight and are seven games back in the AL East and
eight behind in the wild-card race.

"It was very important to win three of four," Toronto's Frank
Catalanotto said. "We would have liked to finish the sweep and
we're a little disappointed because we were in a position to do
so.

Game notes
Eric Hinske replaced Troy Glaus at third base in the fourth
inning. Glaus injured his knee swinging and missing at a Radke
fastball. ... Radke has reached double digits in wins in 10 of his
12 seasons with the Twins. The only other Twins pitcher to have won
10 or more games in 10 different seasons is Jim Kaat. ... Marcum
was called up for his fourth stint with the Blue Jays this season
on July 2. His first three call-ups lasted a total of five days.