Radke was stuck with a no-decision after the bullpen blew a save, but he survived seven hits and three walks over six gutsy innings to give up just two runs for only his third quality start of the season.
"He pitched real well, had all his pitches working," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That was good to see. It was disappointing we couldn't get him the win."
Radke, who entered the game with the second-worst ERA in the American League (7.47) among qualifiers, faced seven men in the first inning, but allowed just one run, leaving the bases loaded when Dallas McPherson popped up to end it.
He had runners on base in every inning except his last one, but navigated through the trouble for perhaps his most impressive start of the season.
REPLAY:The Twins fell to 1-12 in games outside the Central time zone and 7-18 overall in road games Monday when they blew a 3-2 lead in the eighth and then lost the game, 4-3, in the 11th on a walk-off RBI single by Orlando Cabrera off Jesse Crain with nobody out.
Crain pitched two scoreless innings, but created much of his own troubles in his third inning of work, when he allowed a leadoff single to Chone Figgins, then threw errantly past first trying to pick him off, only to watch one of the fastest men in the American League take third on the play. Next pitch: Cabrera singled.
BY THE NUMBERS: 28.9 -- Games per ejection for manager Ron Gardenhire after he was tossed for the fourth time this season, 24th in his four-plus-year managing career, on Wednesday. That puts him on pace to be ejected next on Monday, June 26, at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the bottom of the fourth inning.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't have a contract that goes that long. People ask me about it, and I always say, 'Good luck to the Twins.' " -- Manager Ron Gardenhire when asked about being the manager when the Twins' new outdoor ballpark is scheduled to open in 2010.