MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Francisco Liriano struck out a season-high 11 batters to edge Tim Hudson in a dazzling pitchers' duel as the Minnesota Twins beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Friday night.
Liriano (6-3) allowed five hits in eight innings and Delmon Young's pinch-hit single in the seventh inning gave the Dominican lefty just enough run support. Jon Rauch struck out Jason Heyward, Chipper Jones and Troy Glaus in the ninth for his 16th save.
Hudson (6-2) went the distance for the Braves, allowing two runs on seven hits. Five of those came in the Twins' two-run seventh inning. The game served as a ringing endorsement for Tommy John surgery, the ligament replacement procedure that once spelled the end of a pitcher's career.
Both Hudson and Liriano are enjoying resurgent seasons this year after having the surgery.