ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jorge Polanco drove in 4 runs with a pair of doubles, Carlos Correa had his fourth straight multi-hit recreation and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-3 on Sunday.
The Twins broke out shortly for 5 runs within the first inning off Rays starter Josh Fleming and coasted to their ninth win in 10 video games.
“That set the tone for everything going on,” Twins supervisor Rocco Baldelli mentioned. “A lot of good at-bats, a lot of good swings, a lot of using the whole field.”
Josh Winder (1-0) pitched six shutout innings in his first main league begin for the Twins, giving up two hits and placing out seven.
“The at-bats gave Josh a little bit of a springboard,” Baldelli mentioned.
Winder’s solely issues had been ready by way of the 28-pitch high of the primary inning, and one other 27 pitches within the high of the fourth.
“Thankfully the game was in Tampa and it wasn’t in the Minnesota cold, so I was kind of able to stay loose,” he mentioned. “I kind of know how to keep my body loose and stay prepared. So if anything, it got me to settle down and kind of calm down after my bullpen. There was no real effect to that long inning. Those guys can score as much as they want.”
Doubles by Polanco and Max Kepler drove in three runs in Minnesota’s massive first inning. Beginning with a throwing error by Rays shortstop Taylor Partitions, six of the primary seven Minnesota batters reached base towards Fleming (2-3), who wanted 20 pitches to file his first out.
The left-hander gave up six runs on 5 hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings, leaving after Byron Buxton’s seventh homer of the season within the fourth.
“This team deserves better from me, and I believe I am better than what I’ve shown the last couple times,” mentioned Fleming, who’ve up seven runs — all unearned — in his final begin. (*10*)
Robert Dugger threw 87 pitches in his main league debut for the Rays, giving up three runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Cole Sanders pitched two innings in his debut for the Twins, giving up two runs on three hits.
Isaac Paredes, acquired from Detroit in alternate for Austin Meadows simply earlier than the season began, went 1 for 4 and performed third base in his first recreation with Tampa Bay.
Josh Garlick, who drove in a run with a single within the first inning, left the sport within the fourth with proper calf tightness.
Twins: 1B Miguel Sano (knee) didn’t play for the fourth time in 5 video games. ,,, RHP Sonny Grey (proper hamstring pressure) pitched on a rehab project in Fort Myers, Florida, and is hopeful of returning to the rotation. His final begin was April 16.
Rays: SS Wander Franco was scratched from the lineup by proper hamstring tightness. … 1B Ji-Man Choi (free our bodies in his proper elbow) was positioned on the 10-day injured checklist, retroactive to April 28.
Twins: RHP Joe Ryan (3-1, 1.17) will pitch Monday night time within the opener of a four-game sequence at Baltimore.
Rays: The Rays will open a nine-game street journey at Oakland on Monday night time behind RHP Drew Rasmussen (1-1, 3.50).