Twins Out Slug Rays, Take Four Game Series

The Minnesota Twins worked over Ryan Yarbrough and Chaz Roe on Sunday afternoon en route to a 9-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays taking three-of-four and winning the series at Tropicana Field.

Former Ray Jake Odorizzi (8-2, 1.96 ERA) picks up the win for the Twins who improve to 40-18 on the season. He worked six scoreless innings allowing just three hits while striking out nine and walking one. He lowered his league leading ERA from 2.16 to 1.96.

Taylor Rogers struck out the side in the ninth inning picking up his fifth save of the season.

Minnesota has now won each of Odorizzi’s last nine starts. In that span, he is 8-0 with a 1.02 ER (6ER/53IP). He has held the opposition scoreless in six of his last seven starts.

Ryan Yarbrough (4-2, 6.23 ERA) takes the loss for Tampa Bay who fall to 35-22 on the year.

He wore one for the team working seven innings allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits while striking out four, walking two, and hitting two. He registered nine ground ball outs, which is odd for him. Entering the game he had a 38.9% groundball rate.

The Rays have lost three in a row, their second longest losing streak of the season. The loss drops them to 6-3-1 in series at home this season and 12-4-3 in series play overall on the year.

The Twins scored twice in the second inning, once in the fourth inning, and got a comfortable 7-0 lead on CJ Cron’s bases clearing double in a four run fourth.

The Rays were uncharacteristically sloppy leading to several runs. Brandon Lowe allowed Miguel Sano‘s single to bound past him allowing Marwin Gonzalez to score in the fourth inning.

In the fifth inning, Byron Buxton was picked off but Ji-Man Choi‘s throw sailed into left field allowing Buxton to race around to third. He scored on a safety squeeze that Yarbrough fielded and scooped to Mike Zunino who was unable to hold onto the ball. Later in the inning CJ Cron doubled with the bases loaded to put the Twins on top 7-0.

The Rays were happy to see Jake Odorizzi departure as they scored five times in the bottom of the seventh.

Willy Adames and Ji-Man Choi delivered back to back singles to lead off the inning off Matt Magill. Christian Arroyo flew out to right and Adames tagged up and moved to third. He came into score on an infield single by Kevin Kiermaier that cut the Twins lead to 7-1.

Mike Zunino was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Daniel Robertson struck out but Austin Meadows delivered a 2-RBI single cutting the Twins lead to 7-3. Brandon Lowe followed with a single off CJ Cron that ricocheted to Jonathan Schoop who threw wildly to first.

Lowe was credited with a single and an RBI and the Rays had drawn within two at 7-5. Willy Adames had a chance to cut into the lead further but struck out looking to end the inning.

The Twins answered right back in the top of the eighth off Chaz Roe. Roe struck the first two batters out but then gave up a double to Miguel Sano and a 2-run homer to Jonathan Schoop.

Not to be outdone, Ji-Man Choi led of the eighth with a walk and Christian Arroyo followed with a 2-run homer to pull Tampa Bay to within two at 9-7.

Oliver Drake worked the ninth for the Rays and retired the Twins in order.

Taylor Rogers struck out the side in the ninth inning picking up his fifth save of the season.

Roster Move:

Prior to the game, Yandy Diaz was re-instated from the injured list. To make room on the 25-man roster, Nate Lowe was optioned back to the Durham Bulls.

Trainers Room:

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Michael Perez caught five innings with the Charlotte Stone Crabs going 1-for-2 with a single and a run scored.

Up Next:

Sunday’s game against the Twins ends a stretch of 13 games in 13 days (8-5). The team will have Monday off before heading to Detroit for a three game series beginning Tuesday night at 7:10.

Blake Snell (3-4, 3.06 ERA) will take the mound for Tampa Bay. Detroit will counter with former Rays farm hand Ryan Carpenter 0-2, 7.58 ERA).