Cruz's 3-run double in 7th leads Twins past Rays 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) By the bottom of the seventh inning, the Minnesota Twins were not only missing their early lead but their entire starting outfield.

Resiliency, well, that has rarely left them this season. Nelson Cruz was the latest member of this potent lineup to contribute a game-defining hit.

Cruz went 3 for 4 with the go-ahead, three-run, two-out double for the Twins, who chased away Tampa Bay starter Charlie Morton in the seventh inning and overtook the sputtering Rays for a 6-4 victory on Wednesday night.

Taylor Rogers needed only eight pitches to record the last four outs for his 10th save, and the Twins, who lead beat the Rays for the fifth straight time.

''With our offense, you kind of just wait for that to happen down there,'' Rogers said. ''Honestly, we were all kind of feeling like something would happen at some point, so Cruz happened to be the guy today.''

Cruz, who has 373 career home runs and turns 39 on Monday, beat out an infield single that died in the grass halfway up the third-base line during a three-run first against Morton (8-2), the American League ERA leader at 2.43. Cruz's last hit was more in classic form, a crushed line drive on an 0-2 slider from Emilio Pagan with an exit velocity of 108 mph that landed in deep center field. The Twins are 23 for 59 with runners in scoring position against the Rays this year, a .390 batting average.

''We walk. We battle. We make the pitcher make a lot of pitches. So definitely we're confident because we've been doing that a lot,'' Cruz said. ''You just try to put it in play with some authority.''

The seventh-inning rally was fueled by an error on Morton that could've easily been charged to first baseman Ji-Man Choi, who fumbled a grounder when he popped up too soon in anticipation of a double play. Morton then dropped the toss by Choi to first. Rays manager Kevin Cash went to the bullpen one batter later.

''All teams go through this. All teams have rough stretches in the season,'' Morton said. ''The goal is to minimize that and not let the momentum get to the point where it's really difficult to turn it around.''

Twins starter Jake Odorizzi squandered his 3-0 lead, when Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Tommy Pham went deep to tie the game in the sixth. Odorizzi was removed one batter later.

Trevor May (3-1) allowed the go-ahead solo shot to Willy Adames in the seventh , but the momentum didn't last long for the struggling Rays. They are just 10-16 since beating the Twins 14-3 at home on May 30 and are 2-7 on this three-time-zone road trip that started in New York and Oakland.

''We're an extremely talented team. I think we've showed everybody that for a long time. We knew going into this stretch that this was going to be a tough stretch, for any team,'' Pagan said.

INJURIES INCREASE

Eddie Rosario and C.J. Cron hit RBI singles in the first, and Rosario later raced home on Morton's wild pitch. The basepaths weren't as kind to Rosario in the third, when he sprained his left ankle while trying to turn a single into a double . The Twins were already fielding a lineup without fellow starting outfielders Byron Buxton and Max Kepler and multi-position player Marwin Gonzalez, another regular.

So when Rosario was hurt, Willians Astudillo moved from left to right, Jake Cave went from right to center, and Luis Arraez, who reached base three times and scored twice, shifted from third base to left. Astudillo is primarily a catcher. Arraez is usually a middle infielder.

''We're being tested right now, and guys are stepping up,'' manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''We're sending different guys out there to play different positions, and guys just continually go out there and do the job.''

Cruz, who has exclusively served as the designated hitter this season, reached for his outfield glove in his cubicle afterward to show reporters he was ready.

''There's always a chance that we see him out there,'' Baldelli said.

WIDE SPLITS

Adames went deep for the second straight game. All nine of his homers this season have been on the road, where he's batting .299 in 40 games. The shortstop is hitting just .197 in 34 games at home.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: 3B/1B Yandy Diaz went through drills without trouble for his right hamstring and stayed on track for reinstatement from the injured list on Thursday.

Twins: Kepler began on the bench with swelling in his bruised right elbow, stemming from a pitch that hit him in the previous game, but he entered in the eighth inning in center to shift the others back to their original spots. ... Buxton was still testing his bruised right wrist that has sidelined him for the last 11 games, with the possibility remaining of a short rehab assignment in the minors before he returns to the lineup.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Ryne Stanek will serve as the opener for the series finale, his 23rd such assignment this season. He has a 2.47 ERA in 43 2/3 innings.

Twins: LHP Martin Perez will take the mound on Thursday afternoon. He's 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA in 24 innings over his last five turns.

---

More AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Copyright 2019 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
TB45-35
020001100462
MIN52-27
30000030X6100
  • W: T. May (3-1)L: C. Morton (8-2)S: T. Rogers (10)
  • HR: TB - T. Pham (12), K. Kiermaier (9), W. Adames (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Lowe 2B30000000.279.338.531.8691.0
T. Pham LF41111022.294.398.480.8785.0
J. Choi 1B30100110.267.345.436.7811.5
A. Meadows DH31200101.305.381.547.9284.0
A. Garcia RF40000034.285.342.463.805-1.5
K. Kiermaier CF41121012.244.293.429.7226.5
W. Adames SS41111010.253.318.402.7205.5
J. Wendle 3B30000010.161.224.194.417-0.5
a- T. d'Arnaud PH10000000.205.260.357.6170.0
M. Zunino C30000000.189.241.331.5721.0
C. Morton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Poche P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Pagan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Wood P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-grounded out for Wendle in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Arraez 3B-LF-3B32200100.452.538.5951.1344.0
J. Polanco SS40000015.321.379.532.911-0.5
N. Cruz DH41330011.274.361.532.8937.5
E. Rosario CF21210000.282.312.529.8414.0
M. Sano 3B20000001.207.294.514.8070.0
M. Kepler CF00000000.272.351.547.8980.0
C. Cron 1B40110011.280.341.530.8711.5
W. Astudillo LF-RF-LF40000003.263.282.383.6650.0
J. Castro C41100012.231.321.479.8011.5
J. Cave RF-CF-RF41100022.179.304.254.5581.0
J. Schoop 2B30000023.257.307.474.781-1.0
J. Odorizzi P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Harper P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. May P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Parker P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Rogers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    BATTING
    • HR - T. Pham (12), K. Kiermaier (9), W. Adames (9)
    • RBI - T. Pham (34), K. Kiermaier 2 (34), W. Adames (23)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 2 (2), A. Garcia, K. Kiermaier 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Cruz (13)
    • RBI - N. Cruz 3 (39), E. Rosario (60), C. Cron (52)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz 3 (14)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Sano, C. Cron, J. Castro, J. Cave, J. Schoop
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - L. Arraez
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Garcia (3)
    • DP - (Zunino-Lowe)
    • E - B. Lowe (3), C. Morton
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - W. Astudillo
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Morton (L, 8-2)6.18531702.431.057.5
    C. Poche (H, 2)0.11110004.820.75-2.0
    E. Pagan (BS, 3)0.11000001.210.84-1.0
    H. Wood1.00000102.251.173.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Morton (L, 8-2)6.1
    C. Poche (H, 2)0.1
    E. Pagan (BS, 3)0.1
    H. Wood1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Odorizzi5.14332722.731.079.5
    R. Harper0.20000002.230.990.0
    T. May (W, 3-1)1.01110013.621.358.0
    B. Parker (H, 7)0.21000204.001.220.0
    T. Rogers (S, 10)1.10000002.041.0810.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Odorizzi5.1
    R. Harper0.2
    T. May (W, 3-1)1.0
    B. Parker (H, 7)0.2
    T. Rogers (S, 10)1.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Morton (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 101-70, C. Poche 7-3, E. Pagan 8-5, H. Wood 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 5-6, E. Pagan 1-0, H. Wood 2-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Morton 27, C. Poche 2, E. Pagan 2, H. Wood 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. May 2 (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 91-55, R. Harper 2-2, T. May 23-15, B. Parker 18-13, T. Rogers 8-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-5, R. Harper 1-1, T. May 1-2, T. Rogers 4-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 21, R. Harper 2, T. May 6, B. Parker 3, T. Rogers 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    TB45-35
    020001100462
    MIN52-27
    30000030X6100
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Lowe 2B30000000.279.338.531.8691.0
    T. Pham LF41111022.294.398.480.8785.0
    J. Choi 1B30100110.267.345.436.7811.5
    A. Meadows DH31200101.305.381.547.9284.0
    A. Garcia RF40000034.285.342.463.805-1.5
    K. Kiermaier CF41121012.244.293.429.7226.5
    W. Adames SS41111010.253.318.402.7205.5
    J. Wendle 3B30000010.161.224.194.417-0.5
    a- T. d'Arnaud PH10000000.205.260.357.6170.0
    M. Zunino C30000000.189.241.331.5721.0
    C. Morton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Poche P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    E. Pagan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    H. Wood P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total324643299-----
    • a-grounded out for Wendle in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Arraez 3B-LF-3B32200100.452.538.5951.1344.0
    J. Polanco SS40000015.321.379.532.911-0.5
    N. Cruz DH41330011.274.361.532.8937.5
    E. Rosario CF21210000.282.312.529.8414.0
    M. Sano 3B20000001.207.294.514.8070.0
    M. Kepler CF00000000.272.351.547.8980.0
    C. Cron 1B40110011.280.341.530.8711.5
    W. Astudillo LF-RF-LF40000003.263.282.383.6650.0
    J. Castro C41100012.231.321.479.8011.5
    J. Cave RF-CF-RF41100022.179.304.254.5581.0
    J. Schoop 2B30000023.257.307.474.781-1.0
    J. Odorizzi P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    R. Harper P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. May P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Parker P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Rogers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total34610501818-----
      BATTING
      • HR - T. Pham (12), K. Kiermaier (9), W. Adames (9)
      • RBI - T. Pham (34), K. Kiermaier 2 (34), W. Adames (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 2 (2), A. Garcia, K. Kiermaier 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Cruz (13)
      • RBI - N. Cruz 3 (39), E. Rosario (60), C. Cron (52)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz 3 (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Sano, C. Cron, J. Castro, J. Cave, J. Schoop
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - L. Arraez
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Garcia (3)
      • DP - (Zunino-Lowe)
      • E - B. Lowe (3), C. Morton
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - W. Astudillo
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (L, 8-2)6.18531702.431.057.5
      C. Poche (H, 2)0.11110004.820.75-2.0
      E. Pagan (BS, 3)0.11000001.210.84-1.0
      H. Wood1.00000102.251.173.5
      Total8.01064180---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (L, 8-2)6.1
      C. Poche (H, 2)0.1
      E. Pagan (BS, 3)0.1
      H. Wood1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi5.14332722.731.079.5
      R. Harper0.20000002.230.990.0
      T. May (W, 3-1)1.01110013.621.358.0
      B. Parker (H, 7)0.21000204.001.220.0
      T. Rogers (S, 10)1.10000002.041.0810.0
      Total9.0644293---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi5.1
      R. Harper0.2
      T. May (W, 3-1)1.0
      B. Parker (H, 7)0.2
      T. Rogers (S, 10)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Morton (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 101-70, C. Poche 7-3, E. Pagan 8-5, H. Wood 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 5-6, E. Pagan 1-0, H. Wood 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 27, C. Poche 2, E. Pagan 2, H. Wood 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. May 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 91-55, R. Harper 2-2, T. May 23-15, B. Parker 18-13, T. Rogers 8-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 3-5, R. Harper 1-1, T. May 1-2, T. Rogers 4-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 21, R. Harper 2, T. May 6, B. Parker 3, T. Rogers 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Cruz doubled to deep center, Castro, Cave and Arraez scored46
        Adames homered to center43
      • 6TH INNING
        Pham homered to right center33
      • 2ND INNING
        Kiermaier homered to center, Meadows scored23
      • 1ST INNING
        Rosario scored, Cron to second on wild pitch03
        Cron singled to left center, Cruz scored, Rosario to third02
        Rosario singled to center, Arraez scored, Cruz to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • T. Rogers Pitching:
        • W. Adames: Adames grounded out to first
        • Travis d'Arnaud hit for Joey Wendle
        • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, d'Arnaud grounded out to third
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Zunino grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Max Kepler in center field
        • Blake Parker relieved Trevor May
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Meadows singled to right
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Blake Parker
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Hunter Wood relieved Emilio Pagan
        • C. Cron: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Cron safe at first on 2nd baseman Lowe fielding error
        • W. Astudillo: Astudillo grounded out to third, Cron to second
        • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Foul, Castro popped out to third
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Trevor May relieved Ryne Harper
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Kiermaier flied out to deep right
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Adames homered to center
        • J. Wendle: Wendle grounded out to first
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Zunino hit by pitch
        • B. Lowe: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lowe hit by pitch, Zunino to second
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pham flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro singled to right
        • J. Cave: Cave safe at first on Morton fielding error, Castro to second
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • Colin Poche relieved Charlie Morton
        • L. Arraez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Arraez singled to left, Castro to third, Cave to second
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco popped out to second
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Colin Poche
        • N. Cruz: Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz doubled to deep center, Castro, Cave and Arraez scored
        • M. Sano: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sano grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Ball, Lowe grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Pham: Pham homered to right center
        • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Choi walked
        • Ryne Harper relieved Jake Odorizzi
        • A. Meadows: Meadows flied out to deep right
        • A. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Sano grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • W. Astudillo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Astudillo grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
        • J. Wendle: Strike swinging, Ball, Wendle lined out to center
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Zunino flied out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • L. Arraez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Arraez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Polanco: Polanco fouled out to third
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging, Arraez caught stealing second, catcher to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Miguel Sano at third base
        • J. Choi: Ball, Choi singled to deep left
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Meadows singled to right, Choi to third, Meadows out at second
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Ball, Astudillo popped out to second
        • J. Castro: Castro grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Cave: Ball, Cave reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Zunino flied out to center
        • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe flied out to deep center
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco flied out to center
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz singled to center
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Rosario singled to right, Cruz to third, Rosario out at second
        • C. Cron: Cron flied out to deep left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Meadows walked
        • A. Garcia: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Kiermaier homered to center, Meadows scored
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Adames grounded out to third
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
        • J. Schoop: Schoop grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Arraez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Arraez lined out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • B. Lowe: Lowe flied out to center
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
        • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Choi grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Arraez walked
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • N. Cruz: Cruz reached on an infield single to shortstop, Arraez to second
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario singled to center, Arraez scored, Cruz to second
        • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron singled to left center, Cruz scored, Rosario to third
        • W. Astudillo: Astudillo lined out to center
        • J. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rosario scored, Cron to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)