Rays Bang Out 20-Hits En Route To 19-6 Win Over Twins

Rays Tie Franchise High 19 Runs

Thus far in 2018 the Tampa Bay Rays have relied on steady pitching with the offense helping out sporadically. Saturday in Minneapolis, the offense took center stage pounding out 20-hits in defeating the Twins 19-6.

Jaime Schultz (1-0, 4.76 ERA) picked up his first major league win and Tampa Bay improves to 49-46 on the season. The Rays entered the seventh inning trailing 6-4 and are now just 3-34 when trailing after six innings.

Schultz was not the pitcher of record when he entered the game. That distinction belonged to Adam Kolarek who had given up four runs in the bottom of the sixth as Minnesota turned a 4-2 deficit to a 6-4 lead.

Schultz worked 2.2-innings of scoreless relief without allowing a hit walking three and striking out three. Based on his effort, the official scorer opted to award Schultz, not Kolarek the victory.

Chris Archer, making his second start since his return from the disabled list, worked 4.1-innings allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out seven and walking one.

Zach Duke (3-3, 3.38 ERA) took the loss for the Twins who fall to 43-50 on the season.

The Offense Roars:

The Rays tied a franchise high 19 runs.  It’s the third time in franchise history Tampa Bay has scored 19 runs in a game and first time since becoming the Rays in 2008.

The Rays had a season high 20-hits. It was the ninth time in franchise history they have scored 20 or more hits in a game.  The franchise record is 24 in Tampa Bay’s 19-13 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on June 24, 2004.

The Rays set a franchise record with 10 different players driving in a run. The previous franchise mark was nine against the New York Yankees on May 2, 2014.

The Rays scored five runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth  inning. It’s the first time in franchise history they have scored five runs in three consecutive frames.

C.J. Cron hit his 19th homer of the season off Matt Belisle in the eighth inning. Carlos Gomez and Jake Bauers homered in the ninth inning against catcher Willians Astudillo.

The Rays had seven players with multi-hit games. Matt Duffy, Mallex Smith, and Adeiny Hechavarria each had three hits.

Jake Bauers set a career high with four runs driven in and four runs scored. He became just the fourth Rays player to have such a game in franchise history. He joins Wil Myers (4/19/14), Ben Zobrist (6/9/12), and Carlos Pena (9/5/07).

Injury Ruins All-Star Game For Buffalo:

Wilson Ramos left the game with a strained hamstring and will not be able to participate in the All-Star Game. He will attend the game and partake in the festivities but will require a stint on the disabled list.



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