Mauer's Error Costly as Pirates Beat Twins 2-1

Updated: 03/26/2014 4:12 PM By: Nick Tabbert

An error by first baseman Joe Mauer allowed two runs to score in the eighth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Wednesday.

The mistake shadowed a great outing from Opening Day starter Ricky Nolasco, who gave up just one hit over four innings for the Twins. Minnesota has now lost seven of its last eight games and two of three to the Pirates this spring.

The Pirates loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh inning after three singles off of Twins reliever Caleb Thielbar. Travis Snider hit a grounder with two outs to Mauer, who failed to make the play at first and allowed two runs to score in the process.

Minnesota went ahead in the seventh inning after a Oswaldo Arcia home run.

Pittsburgh starter Brandon Cumpton allowed two hits in five innings, striking out four while only walking one batter. The Twins finished with four hits total.

Kevin Correia gets the ball for the Twins on Thursday as Minnesota faces the Boston Red Sox.