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Twins pick up Nolasco for rare road series win against Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sam Fuld had enjoyed plenty of success at Tropicana Field. For the Minnesota Twins, big moments in the ballpark had been fleeting.

Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer, Fuld had a pair of RBI doubles and the Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-7 Thursday,

Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs for the Twins, who won two of three for their first road series win against the Rays since September 2006.

''In this ballpark, you never feel safe,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We basically threw everything at them we had.''

Gardenhire moved past Chuck Dressen into sole possession of 59th place on the career victory list with 1,009.

Fuld, claimed off waivers from Oakland on Sunday, had two hits in his Twins debut Wednesday and added three more Thursday. He spent the previous three years with the Rays.

''It's nice to come back and contribute,'' Fuld said.

After having a four-run lead cut to one, Minnesota went ahead 8-3 in the fifth on a run-scoring double by Fuld and Hicks' shot off reliever Heath Bell. It was Hicks' first homer since July 14 against New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia.

''He was excited,'' Gardenhire said. ''It's good to see. You knew it was going to be one of those kind of games. The guys came out and scored some runs, and then we just hold on.''

Ricky Nolasco (2-2) allowed six runs and 10 hits over six-plus innings. Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

The Twins were coming off a 6-4, 12-inning win over the Rays Wednesday that ended at 11:58 p.m.

''We've been battling,'' Nolasco said. ''A long game last night. Guys came back ready to go today.''

Erik Bedard (0-1) gave up four runs, five hits and five walks in four innings. It was the eighth time in 10 games that Tampa Bay's starter went five or less innings.

''Early on he just kept missing,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''It wasn't like he was throwing the ball badly, but he kept missing inside. But 90 pitches after four [innings], I like the fact that he got that deep.''

The Twins took a 3-0 lead in the first with the help of four walks and two hits off Bedard. Suzuki had a two-run single and Fuld hit an RBI double.

James Loney drove in the first of his two runs with a double before David DeJesus got the Rays within 4-3 on a two-run homer in the second. After seventh-inning sacrifice flies by Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce, Tampa Bay cut the deficit to 9-7 in the eighth on pinch-hitter Logan Forsythe's RBI single off Jared Burton.

Bell departed after Suzuki's RBI infield single went off his leg in the sixth.

Juan Carlos Oviedo, coming back from elbow ligament replacement surgery, replaced Bell and went 1 1-3 scoreless innings in his first major league appearance since Sept. 21, 2011, with Miami when he was known as Leo Nunez.

Notes

Fuld got a nice ovation before his first at-bat Wednesday. When asked before Thursday's game about Fuld being back in the lineup, Gardenhire smiled and said ''the fans are like they want to see him, so we'll play him.'' ... Minnesota C Joe Mauer and Hall of Famer Dave Winfield will co-host the Players Trust All Star Golf Tournament at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn., on July 16 to raise funds for area children's charities. ... Twins RHP Kevin Correia (0-2) and Detroit RHP Rick Porcello (2-1) will pitch in the opener of a three-game series Friday night. ... Tampa Bay begins a four-game series Friday night at the Chicago White Sox with RHP Chris Archer (2-1) going against RHP Erik Johnson (1-1).

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

K. Suzuki
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

D. DeJesus
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B3210310 .224
Joe Mauer, 1B5120112 .264
Trevor Plouffe, 3B5121101 .309
Chris Colabello, RF5000007 .325
   Chris Herrmann, RF1000011 .167
Josmil Pinto, DH3200113 .222
Kurt Suzuki, C4133002 .310
Sam Fuld, LF5132001 .275
Aaron Hicks, CF3113212 .182
Pedro Florimon, SS5000025 .125
Ricky Nolasco, P0000000 .000
   Caleb Thielbar, P0000000 .000
   Michael Tonkin, P0000000 .000
   Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   Glen Perkins, P0000000 .000
Totals39912987  
Batting
2B - Trevor Plouffe (9, Bell), Sam Fuld 2 (3, Bedard)
HR - Aaron Hicks (1, Bell)
RBI - Trevor Plouffe (14), Kurt Suzuki 3 (17), Sam Fuld 2 (7), Aaron Hicks 3 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Kurt Suzuki 3 (9), Sam Fuld (3)
SB - Brian Dozier (6, 2nd base off Oviedo/Molina)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Plouffe-Dozier-Mauer, Plouffe-Dozier-Mauer-Florimon-Dozier-Mauer, Plouffe-Dozier-Mauer-Florimon-Dozier-Mauer-Florimon-Mauer
E - Kurt Suzuki (2, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco (W,2-2) 61066211 6.67
Caleb Thielbar 0.2100000 2.57
Michael Tonkin (H,2) 0.1000000 1.80
Jared Burton (H,3) 1211220 10.13
Glen Perkins (S,5) 1000020 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 96-58, Caleb Thielbar 9-6, Michael Tonkin 5-3, Jared Burton 26-14, Glen Perkins 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 8-6
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 27, Caleb Thielbar 3, Michael Tonkin 1, Jared Burton 7, Glen Perkins 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Zobrist, 2B4030101 .310
Desmond Jennings, CF4001005 .284
Matt Joyce, LF3121000 .364
   a-Sean Rodriguez, PH1000010 .185
Evan Longoria, 3B5110022 .310
James Loney, 1B5122011 .301
Wil Myers, RF4010011 .231
David DeJesus, DH3212101 .176
Yunel Escobar, SS2110200 .218
Jose Molina, C3110000 .133
   b-Logan Forsythe, PH1011000 .174
   Ryan Hanigan, C0000000 .233
Erik Bedard, P0000000 .000
   Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   Juan Carlos Oviedo, P0000000 .000
   Josh Lueke, P0000000 .000
   Jake McGee, P0000000 .000
Totals35713745  
a-struck out for Joyce in the 9th
b-singled for Molina in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Joyce (7, Nolasco), Evan Longoria (5, Nolasco), James Loney (8, Nolasco)
HR - David DeJesus (1, Nolasco)
SF - Desmond Jennings (1), Matt Joyce (4)
RBI - Desmond Jennings (6), Matt Joyce (13), James Loney 2 (14), David DeJesus 2 (5), Logan Forsythe (1)
2-OUT RBI - Logan Forsythe (1)
SB - Matt Joyce (1, 3rd base off Nolasco/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 7
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Erik Bedard (L,0-1) 4544530 7.45
Heath Bell 1.2555001 8.25
Juan Carlos Oviedo 1.1100220 0.00
Josh Lueke 1000100 4.05
Jake McGee 1100020 1.00
HBP - Pinto (by Heath Bell), Suzuki (by Josh Lueke)
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 90-55, Heath Bell 44-27, Juan Carlos Oviedo 30-13, Josh Lueke 21-12, Jake McGee 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 5-4, Heath Bell 5-0, Juan Carlos Oviedo 1-1, Josh Lueke 2-1
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 22, Heath Bell 11, Juan Carlos Oviedo 7, Josh Lueke 5, Jake McGee 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13177
Game Time - 3:42
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Will Little, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Mark Carlson