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That prompted Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire to lift Hendriks (0-4), who remained winless in 10 career starts. Hendriks was charged with six runs -- three earned -- and eight hits. He did not walk a batter and had three strikeouts.
Jones, a former Twin, homered for the first time since June 3 after McCutchen singled to lead off the seventh. Alvarez's homer was his fifth in his past five games and team-high 13th this season.
Minnesota got its run in the fourth when Ryan Doumit's two-out single scored Trevor Plouffe.
NOTES: LHP Brian Duensing will start for the Twins on Saturday in Cincinnati. It will be his first start of the season after 30 relief appearances. He has 50 starts in his four-year career. ... Minnesota C Joe Mauer (bruised right quad) was not in the lineup for the third straight game, although Gardenhire said he was available to pinch-hit. ... Morneau stole second base in the sixth, his first since 2007. ... Pittsburgh hosts Detroit to conclude its interleague play this weekend. The Tigers took two of three from the Pirates in Detroit last month. ... The Twins travel to Cincinnati, where RHP Nick Blackburn (3-4, 7.48) faces the Reds' Homer Bailey (5-4, 4.03) in the opener Friday.
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