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Minnesota at Tampa Bay

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Minnesota (15-11) «2400001119170
Tampa Bay (11-15)010000000152

Twins 9, Devil Rays 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sidney Ponson fixed himself on the fly and beat the Devil Rays again.

Ponson allowed a run in seven innings and Michael Cuddyer drove in two runs before leaving with an injury, leading Minnesota past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 9-1 on Tuesday night.

"As the game went along, he made an adjustment. We talked to him about getting on top of the ball a little more and his last couple innings the ball was really diving," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We were excited about that, his adjustment during the game more than anything else."

Ponson (2-3) gave up five hits. Both of his wins this season have come against the Devil Rays.

"I was just correcting my mechanics during the game," he said. "That's what it's all about."

Ponson retired his last nine batters, and gave up two singles over his final four innings.

The top of the sixth ended on a strange play when Cuddyer lost his balance rounding second base on Justin Morneau's two-out single and did a forward roll before being tagged out by third baseman Ty Wigginton. Cuddyer left one inning later with a bruised back.

"We'll go check and see how he is tomorrow," Gardenhire said.

Minnesota's Torii Hunter doubled in the seventh, extending his career-high hitting streak to 16 games. The Twins have won 17 of their last 20 against Tampa Bay.

Delmon Young homered in the second for the Devil Rays.

The Twins took a 2-0 lead in the first on an RBI grounder by Joe Mauer and Cuddyer's sacrifice fly.

A pair of defensive mistakes keyed Minnesota's four-run second that made it 6-0.

"We imploded early," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.

Hunter and Jason Kubel opened the second with walks. Jason Tyner then reached safely when no one covered first on his bunt single. Pitcher Edwin Jackson, who fielded the ball, looked at first before making an errant throw past third that allowed Hunter and Kubel to scored. Jason Bartlett and Cuddyer added run-scoring grounders.

"I just airmailed it," Jackson said. "Some things didn't go my way, but that's part of the game."

Jackson (0-4) allowed six runs -- four earned -- and five hits in 1 1/3 innings. He has given up 11 runs over 4 1/3 innings in two losses against Minnesota this year.

Tyner extended Minnesota's lead to 7-1 with an RBI single in the seventh. Morneau had a run-scoring double in the eighth.

"It was a good ballgame for us," Gardenhire said. "Sidney threw the ball well. We scored runs early. Executed. A good offensive night."

Notes

Minnesota activated INF Jeff Cirillo (left knee) from the 15-day disabled list and optioned INF Alexi Casilla to Triple-A Rochester. ... Tampa Bay has been outscored 26-4 in the first inning this season. ... Twins 2B Luis Castillo (quadriceps) was in the lineup for the first time since April 20. He went 3-for-6. "He makes things happen," Gardenhire said. "He's our kick-start." ... Jackson has an 18.90 ERA (14 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings) in five career outings against the Twins. ... Tampa Bay LHP Jon Switzer (left shoulder) threw one inning in an extended spring training game. INF-OF Greg Norton (right knee) is also playing for the Devil Rays extended spring team. ... Minnesota has at least one double in 21 straight games.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

J. Tyner
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Minnesota

L. Castillo
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Minnesota Twins
Luis Castillo, 2B6230004 .295
    Luis Rodriguez, PR-2B0000000 .179
Nick Punto, 3B6120014 .227
Joe Mauer, C6031000 .378
Michael Cuddyer, RF2002012 .284
    Josh Rabe, RF2121000 .217
Justin Morneau, 1B6021027 .275
Torii Hunter, CF4210101 .322
Jason Kubel, LF3100112 .250
Jason Tyner, DH4131100 .346
Jason Bartlett, SS3111202 .243
Totals42917755  
Batting
2B - Nick Punto (5, Jackson), Justin Morneau (7, Camp), Torii Hunter (14, Salas), Jason Tyner (5, Ryu)
SF - Michael Cuddyer (2)
RBI - Joe Mauer (13), Michael Cuddyer 2 (19), Josh Rabe (2), Justin Morneau (16), Jason Tyner (5), Jason Bartlett (5)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Rabe (1)
SB - Torii Hunter (5, 2nd base off Jackson/Navarro)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Castillo-Bartlett-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
Sidney Ponson (W,2-3) 7511251 6.67
Matt Guerrier 1000110 2.25
Juan Rincon 1000220 1.69
HBP - Dukes (by Sidney Ponson)
Pitches-Strikes - Sidney Ponson 90-55, Matt Guerrier 16-9, Juan Rincon 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sidney Ponson 6-8, Matt Guerrier 1-1, Juan Rincon 1-0
Batters Faced - Sidney Ponson 27, Matt Guerrier 4, Juan Rincon 5
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Rocco Baldelli, CF4010021 .286
Elijah Dukes, DH1000201 .234
Carl Crawford, LF3000112 .262
Ty Wigginton, 3B4000014 .243
Delmon Young, RF3111100 .260
B.J. Upton, 2B3020110 .377
Carlos Pena, 1B4000013 .196
Dioner Navarro, C4000011 .226
Brendan Harris, SS4010012 .302
Totals3015158  
Batting
HR - Delmon Young (4, Ponson)
RBI - Delmon Young (14)
CS - Elijah Dukes (3, 2nd base by Ponson/Mauer)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Rocco Baldelli 1
DP - Harris-Upton-Pena
E - Edwin Jackson (1, Throwing), B.J. Upton (7, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Edwin Jackson (L,0-4) 1.1564210 7.36
Ruddy Lugo 1.2000200 11.88
Jae-Kuk Ryu 3400010 3.38
Juan Salas 1211100 4.38
Shawn Camp 1211010 6.48
Brian Stokes 0.2411010 7.71
Gary Glover 0.1000010 7.30
HBP - Kubel (by Jae-Kuk Ryu), Cuddyer (by Jae-Kuk Ryu)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 49-29, Ruddy Lugo 30-14, Jae-Kuk Ryu 43-24, Juan Salas 25-15, Shawn Camp 18-12, Brian Stokes 24-16, Gary Glover 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 3-1, Ruddy Lugo 4-1, Jae-Kuk Ryu 4-2, Juan Salas 1-2, Shawn Camp 1-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 12, Ruddy Lugo 7, Jae-Kuk Ryu 13, Juan Salas 6, Shawn Camp 5, Brian Stokes 6, Gary Glover 1
Game Information
Attendance - 8773
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Larry Young, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Jerry Layne