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Correia Stumbles As Twins Fall To Braves

 

By: Dan Cole | KFAN.com
@DanDruffCole

The Twins continued their losing ways on Monday night against the Braves, falling 5-1 in Atlanta and extending their losing streak to six games.

The loss kicked off a nine-game road trip for the Twins (18-23), who are now seven games back in the American League Central.

Right-hander Kevin Correia started on the hill for the Twins, giving up four runs in the first inning thanks in part to a three-run homer from Braves (26-18) second baseman Dan Uggla, his eighth of the season. Those four early runs would prove more than enough for Atlanta, as the Twins would fail to get on the board until the ninth inning, when Josh Willingham smashed a solo home run. The blast was Willingham's sixth of the year.

Correia (4-4) worked just four innings on Monday, allowing all five of the Braves' runs on eight hits and one walk. He now has a 6.75 ERA in four starts in May, following a stellar 2.23 ERA in April.

Starting for the Braves was 22-year-old Julio Teheran, who had his best outing of the young season on Monday night. Teheran struck out four batters in 8.1 innings while allowing just one run on five hits. The young right-hander has now posted quality starts in each of his last three outings, giving him a 2.53 ERA in May.

The Twins had just six hits on Monday, two of which came off the bat of first baseman Justin Morneau, who raised his batting average above .300 once again, now sitting at .304. The left-hander is on a tear this month, batting .365 with 18 RBIs in 18 games in May.

Despite the Twins' lack of offensive production on Monday night, their bullpen was effective. Both Ryan Pressly and Caleb Thielbar pitched two shutout innings apiece in relief of Correia, keeping Minnesota somewhat in the game going into the later innings.

Thielbar's appearance was the first of his career. The 26-year-old Northfield, Minn., native allowed just one hit and struck out three batters in his two innings of work.

The Twins' road trip will continue at 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday night when Mike Pelfrey faces Braves starter Tim Hudson.

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