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Kang's 9th-inning homer gives Pirates 8-7 win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS Jung Ho Kang bailed out Tony Watson on Tuesday night. Watson, as reliable a reliever as you can find, put forth a rare disastrous outing against the Minnesota Twins. He entered in the eighth inning with a four-run lead, recorded one out and left with the score tied. But Kang homered off Twins closer Glen Perkins in the ninth, giving the Pirates an 8-7 victory at Target Field. Kang fell behind the left-handed Perkins, 1-2, before hammering a breaking ball into the second deck in left-center field. Watson took over in the bottom of the eighth. After striking out Miguel Sano, he allowed five consecutive hits. Aaron Hicks' single scored a run, Kurt Suzuki's double scored...

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