The Twins welcomed back Joe Mauer and beat the San Diego Padres 6-5 Friday night at Target Field.

Danny Valencia hit a 3-run homerun and Mauer was 1-4 with a first inning RBI single.

Brian Duensing threw 6 innings with 2 earned runs allowed to get the win.

Matt Capps threw a scoreless 9th inning for the save.

Minnesota has won five straight and is 29-39 on the season just 8 games back of first place in the AL Central.

The Twins host San Diego tonight at 6:10, hear the game on WJON.