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Young's single in 13th lifts Twins, drops Rays back into division tie

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Delmon Young finally put an end to a game filled with strong pitching.

Young had a tiebreaking RBI single in the 13th inning as the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Wednesday night.

"An exciting baseball game," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Well pitched by both sides. A lot of big at-bats and nothing to show for it, and that's probably because of the pitching."

Alexi Casilla opened the 13th by drawing a walk from Lance Cormier (3-3) and advanced to third on Joe Mauer's single. Young then made the score 2-1 on a single to left.

Matt Guerrier (2-6) threw two perfect innings. He had lost all three of his previous appearances against Tampa Bay this year.

The Rays tied the score at 1 in the ninth when Evan Longoria hit a leadoff double off Matt Capps that Young couldn't reach in left center and scored on Dan Johnson's one-out single.

"Disappointed in the ninth," Gardenhire said. "That's a ball in the outfield that we should catch. They gave it everything they had, but that's a ball that's suppose to be an out. The guys kept playing and finally a big hit by Delmon."

Cormier, pitching for the first time since July 20, allowed one run and three hits in four innings. Rays manager Joe Maddon said relievers Joaquin Benoit and Rafael Soriano were unavailble.

"To do what he did, he did a great job," Maddon said. "He gave us plenty of opportunties to win the game."

The Rays wound up 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position, while the Minnesota converted 1 of 14 opportunites.

"When you lose a game like that in 13 innings, you've had a ton of opportunties and we just did not take advantage," Maddon said.

Tampa Bay lost for only the second time in 12 games. The Twins have won 9 of 11.

"We won the game," Twins center fielder Denard Span said. "When you win, all that [bad stuff] is negated."

David Price came up short in his bid to become the AL's first 15-game winner, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings. The Tampa Bay left-hander, who threw 83 of 119 pitches for strikes, struck out seven and walked two.

Minnesota's Scott Baker pitched eight scoreless innings. He gave up three hits -- all doubles coming in the first, fifth and sixth with one out or less -- and held the Rays hitless in eight chances with runners in scoring position.

"Baker was fantastic for us and their lefty wasn't too bad, either," Gardenhire said.

Baker and the Twins handed Price one of his five losses this season with a 2-1 victory on July 2 in Minnesota.

Jason Repko put the Twins up 1-0 with an RBI double in the second. Danny Valencia is 4 for 4 overall, including two singles and a walk in three plate appearances Wednesday, against Price.

The start of the game was pushed back 16 minutes because of a power failure associated with lightning that knocked off some of the stadium lights.

Notes
  • Gardenhire said RHP Jon Rauch was unavailble because of an allergic reaction that produced a rash and blisters on his hands.
  • Tampa Bay INF-OF Ben Zobrist started at 1B after missing the previous six games because of lower-back stiffness.
  • Mauer, who had a cortisone shot in his right shoulder last Saturday, will likely DH through at least Thursday.
  • Rays 1B Carlos Pena (right foot soreness) took batting practice and might be able to pinch hit Thursday.
  • Gardenhire said 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) had his second successive "great" workout in Minnesota. It's not known when Morneau will return.
  • Boxing legend Angelo Dundee threw the ceremomial first pitch.
 
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Minnesota's Delmon Young singles in the winning run in the 13th inning of the Twins' 2-1 win.  (AP)
Minnesota's Delmon Young singles in the winning run in the 13th inning of the Twins' 2-1 win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

D. Price
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 2
K 7
Minnesota

S. Baker
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 7
 

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Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF6000002 .273
Alexi Casilla, 2B5110101 .256
Joe Mauer, DH4010200 .317
Delmon Young, LF6021032 .330
Michael Cuddyer, 1B6000025 .272
Danny Valencia, 3B5120122 .362
Jason Repko, RF4011012 .310
   a- Jason Kubel, PH-RF1000002 .261
J.J. Hardy, SS5020022 .261
Drew Butera, C4010002 .202
   b- Jose Morales, PH-C1000001 .000
Totals472102410  
a-grounded out for Repko in the 13th
b-grounded out for Butera in the 12th
Batting
2B - Jason Repko (4, Price), J.J. Hardy 2 (12, Wheeler, Cormier)
SH - Jason Repko (1)
RBI - Delmon Young (82), Jason Repko (5)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Repko (2)
Team LOB - 11
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Baker 8300170 4.70
Matt Capps (BS,5) 1211020 2.77
Jesse Crain 1000200 2.98
Jose Mijares 1000010 2.49
Matt Guerrier (W,2-6) 2000010 3.31
HBP - Joyce (by Scott Baker)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Baker 105-70, Matt Capps 13-10, Jesse Crain 19-8, Jose Mijares 9-6, Matt Guerrier 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Baker 5-12, Jesse Crain 1-2, Jose Mijares 1-1, Matt Guerrier 4-1
Batters Faced - Scott Baker 29, Matt Capps 5, Jesse Crain 5, Jose Mijares 3, Matt Guerrier 6
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Zobrist, 1B5010111 .271
Carl Crawford, LF5010102 .305
Evan Longoria, 3B6110024 .290
Matt Joyce, RF4000022 .233
Dan Johnson, DH4011012 .167
    Gabe Kapler, PR-DH1000000 .207
John Jaso, C4010011 .271
   a- Kelly Shoppach, PH-C1000000 .195
B.J. Upton, CF5000022 .232
Sean Rodriguez, 2B3000011 .255
   b- Reid Brignac, PH-2B2000000 .268
Jason Bartlett, SS4000111 .237
Totals44151311  
a-grounded out for Jaso in the 11th
b-grounded out for S. Rodriguez in the 10th
Batting
2B - Ben Zobrist (19, Baker), Carl Crawford (24, Baker), Evan Longoria (32, Capps), John Jaso (12, Baker)
RBI - Dan Johnson (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Longoria-S. Rodriguez
PB - John Jaso (5)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price 7511270 2.82
Randy Choate 0.1100100 5.81
Chad Qualls 0.2000000 7.88
Dan Wheeler 1100010 2.83
Lance Cormier (L,3-3) 4311120 4.28
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 119-83, Randy Choate 16-7, Chad Qualls 10-6, Dan Wheeler 11-8, Lance Cormier 59-39
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 8-5, Randy Choate 1-0, Chad Qualls 1-1, Dan Wheeler 2-0, Lance Cormier 4-6
Batters Faced - David Price 27, Randy Choate 3, Chad Qualls 2, Dan Wheeler 4, Lance Cormier 16
Game Information
Attendance - 19172
Game Time - 3:52
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Jerry Crawford