Minnesota at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: K. Lohse (2-2) L: S. Kazmir (0-4)
HR: MIN - J. Morneau (6)   TB - None

Twins 8, Devil Rays 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire got everything he wanted from Kyle Lohse.

Lohse allowed one run and five hits over five innings in his first start since hurting his shoulder as the Twins beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-1 on Saturday night.

Gardenhire was looking for five innings from Lohse, who left his previous start in the fourth on April 28 in Kansas City with a right shoulder strain. He got that as the Twins won for the eighth time in 11 games.

"The first time out, that's a good performance," Gardenhire said. "He did what he had to do, and now we can move on from there. Everything went good."

Lohse struck out four and walked two in his 78-pitch outing.

"It felt fine," Lohse said. "I felt a little fatigued in the fourth and fifth. It was good to get through the fifth. Next outing, we'll try to throw for a little longer."

Lew Ford's two-run double capped a four-run fifth inning and Justin Morneau hit a three-run homer for Minnesota.

Ford's hit came with two outs and the bases loaded. The Twins had been hitless in 14 previous at-bats this season in that situation.

Morneau, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth, homered in Minnesota's four-run ninth. He has six homers and 16 RBI in his last 12 games.

Scott Baker replaced Lohse in the sixth and pitched one inning in his major league debut. J.C. Romero and Jesse Crain combined for two scoreless innings before Joe Nathan pitched the ninth.

Scott Kazmir (0-4) gave up four runs and seven hits in seven innings. The Twins were hitless through four innings before scoring four times on six hits against the 21-year-old left-hander in the fifth.

"I don't know ... they just hit good pitches, I guess," Kazmir said.

Kazmir is winless despite having a 3.95 ERA in his seven starts.

"Kazmir can throw that baseball," Gardenhire said. "He was mowing us down pretty good early in the game. Even going against him, it's fun to watch good-looking young players like that. He's got a lot of ability."

Torii Hunter doubled for the Twins' first hit and remained at second on Jacque Jones' infield single. One out later, Mike Redmond and Jason Bartlett had consecutive RBI singles for a 2-1 lead.

Kazmir fielded Shannon Stewart's slow grounder near the first-base line and threw Redmond out at the plate for the second out, but Luis Rivas' infield single loaded the bases and Ford followed with his double.

Kazmir walked two of three to start the game before retiring 10 straight. He finished with five strikeouts and three walks.

Lohse worked out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the fifth by retiring Josh Phelps on a foul popup. The Devil Rays are 1-for-16 -- including 0-for-7 with two outs -- with the bases loaded this year.

"The difference in this ballgame -- forget the score -- Minnesota, they got men on base and brought them in," Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. "We got men on base and didn't. I don't know what to do, I really don't. I wish I had the answers for you, but I don't."

Lohse retired six straight before Nick Green singled to start the third and went to third on Toby Hall's double. Green later scored on Julio Lugo's sacrifice fly.

"His fastball was jumping, he was getting ahead of hitters," Gardenhire said. "The good thing was the health thing. He got through that part."


A prank was pulled on Devil Rays 1B Aubrey Huff during pregame stretching. A video made to look like a preview for a Star Wars-type movie was shown on the scoreboard showing Huff dancing in the clubhouse. ... Hunter took a hit away from Alex Sanchez with a diving catch in center during the fifth. ... Sanchez went 0-for-4 and had his 10-game hitting streak snapped. He also failed to score for the first time in his last 11 games. ... Morneau has homered in consecutive games.

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Players of the Game

J. Bartlett
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0

K. Lohse
IP 5.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 2
K 4

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Minnesota Twins
Shannon Stewart, LF4100113 .282
Luis Rivas, 2B4010011 .204
   a- Terry Tiffee, PH1011000 .300
    Nick Punto, PR-2B0100000 .250
Lew Ford, DH4012122 .272
Matthew LeCroy, 1B4000013 .290
    Justin Morneau, 1B1113000 .390
Torii Hunter, CF5120000 .255
Jacque Jones, RF3110101 .356
Michael Cuddyer, 3B4000014 .227
Mike Redmond, C4121000 .316
Jason Bartlett, SS3221110 .256
a-singled for Rivas in the 9th
2B - Lew Ford (6, Kazmir), Torii Hunter (7, Kazmir), Mike Redmond (2, Harper)
HR - Justin Morneau (6, Miller)
RBI - Terry Tiffee (7), Lew Ford 2 (18), Justin Morneau 3 (17), Mike Redmond (4), Jason Bartlett (11)
2-OUT RBI - Lew Ford 2 (14), Justin Morneau 3 (9)
CS - Shannon Stewart (1, 2nd base by Kazmir/Hall)
Team LOB - 6
E - Jason Bartlett (3, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
Kyle Lohse (W,2-2) 5511240 5.74
Scott Baker (H,1) 1100000 0.00
J.C. Romero (H,6) 1.1000010 1.42
Jesse Crain (H,2) 0.2000000 0.00
Joe Nathan 1100010 0.00
IBB - Sanchez by Kyle Lohse
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 78-52, Scott Baker 17-9, J.C. Romero 12-9, Jesse Crain 9-7, Joe Nathan 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 6-6, Scott Baker 1-2, Jesse Crain 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 23, Scott Baker 4, J.C. Romero 4, Jesse Crain 2, Joe Nathan 4
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Alex Sanchez, RF4000122 .321
Julio Lugo, SS3011000 .279
Carl Crawford, LF4000013 .286
Aubrey Huff, 1B3000120 .264
Josh Phelps, DH4000003 .272
Jorge Cantu, 3B4010010 .262
Nick Green, 2B3120000 .322
Toby Hall, C4010003 .333
Damon Hollins, CF4020003 .364
2B - Jorge Cantu (4, Baker), Toby Hall (5, Lohse)
SF - Julio Lugo (2)
SH - Nick Green (3)
RBI - Julio Lugo (14)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Hall-Lugo-Huff, Green-Lugo-Huff
E - Jorge Cantu (3, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Scott Kazmir (L,0-4) 7744350 3.95
Travis Harper 1.2333120 7.08
Trever Miller 0.1111001 4.50
IBB - Jones by Travis Harper
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 107-69, Travis Harper 40-24, Trever Miller 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 8-6, Travis Harper 3-1, Trever Miller 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 29, Travis Harper 10, Trever Miller 2
Game Information
Attendance - 12675
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Larry Young, Third Base - Eric Cooper