MINNEAPOLIS -- A squirrel and then rain made for a wild night at Target Field.
Heavy rain started to fall in about the third inning and was accompanied by several lightning strikes as the game progressed. Umpires finally called for the tarp after Orlando Hudson struck out to end the fifth.
That followed a squirrel briefly interrupting play in the fouth inning. Three weeks after a bird of prey stole the show, the squirrel streaked onto the field and charged Twins third baseman Brendan Harris before seeking protection from the rain under the outfield wall.
The squirrel remained on the field as play resumed, running the entirety of the warning track looking for a way out as the crowd chanted "Let's go squirrel!"
Earlier this season, an American Kestrel captivated Twins fans, long accustomed to watching games indoors, by swooping across Target Field, grabbing a moth and devouring it atop the right field foul pole.
The Twins moved outdoors to Target Field this season after 28 years under the protective roof of the Metrodome. The Twins have already had one game postponed -- on May 7 against Baltimore. But this was the first time a game was delayed due to rain while in progress.
The last outdoor delay in Minnesota was a 48-minute pause at Met Stadium on Sept. 26, 1981 against Texas.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.