Cron homers twice in Rays' 10-1 win over Twins

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays traded for C.J. Cron in February to help compensate for the loss of most of the power that produced a club-record 228 home runs last season.

Cron delivered Saturday night in a 10-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, hitting a pair of two-run homers for the Rays, who had hit only 10 in their first 19 games.

''I do think power comes in bunches, so it's nice I can get a couple here and contribute to a win,'' Cron said. ''Maybe it's just the streakiness of baseball, but hopefully it can continue.''

Blake Snell won his third straight start for the Rays.

Cron's homer in the third inning put the Rays up 2-1 after Adeiny Hechavarria singled for their first hit off Kyle Gibson. Cron connected again in the seventh off Gabriel Moya, capping a five-run inning that broke the game open. It was his fourth homer of the season.

Joey Wendle had three hits and scored twice for the Rays, who won their third straight for the first time this year. Daniel Robertson added a homer for the Rays in the eighth.

''I think one through nine we had our best offensive day of the year,'' Cron said.

Snell (3-1) surrendered just one run for his third consecutive start, striking out six and allowing five hits in seven innings. In 15 starts since his recall from the minors last August, the left-hander is 8-2 with a 2.74 ERA.

''He's building something pretty good right now,'' manager Kevin Cash said.

Snell has gone two straight starts without a walk.

''I'm not going to be satisfied with it,'' Snell said. ''It's definitely in the right direction, especially from the walk standpoint, but I know that there's a lot that I can grasp onto and really be a better all-around pitcher.''

Gibson (1-1) gave up four runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven.

Brian Dozier led off the game with a double and scored on Miguel Sano's sacrifice fly. The hit stretched Dozier's season-opening hitting streak to 15 games, the longest current streak in the majors. He has hit in 22 straight games going back to last season, batting .376 in that stretch.

Joe Mauer went 0 for 4 for the Twins, ending his streak of 27 games reaching base safely against Tampa Bay.

Minnesota has won only once in a nine-day stretch that included three weather postponements and a two-game trip to Puerto Rico.

''We have to be patient,'' said manager Paul Molitor. ''We're coming off a stretch where we faced a couple of really good pitchers in Puerto Rico and then we get (Chris) Archer and Snell here.''

RBI MACHINE

Denard Span drove in three more runs for the Rays, giving him a team-leading 17 RBIs on just 14 hits. Span has led off in 12 of the 13 games he has started. Only one AL player (Oakland's Jed Lowrie) had more than 17 RBIs going into Saturday's games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: OF Byron Buxton, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with migraines, took batting practice and reported that the problem persists, though some of the blurred vision and dizziness have subsided.

Rays: 3B Matt Duffy (strained right hamstring) took ground balls, and the Rays are hopeful he will come off the 10-day disabled list during their upcoming nine-game trip.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Phil Hughes will pitch Sunday's series finale, becoming Minnesota's fifth pitcher to start a game this season.

Rays: RHP Yonny Chirinos, who has started three ''bullpen-day'' games, will pitch Sunday and is now ''penciled in to pitch every fifth day,'' Cash said.

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100000000190
TB7-13
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  • W: B. Snell (3-1)L: K. Gibson (1-1)
  • HR: TB - C. Cron 2 (4), D. Robertson (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B41200012.303.370.545.9153.5
J. Mauer 1B40000004.308.446.404.8500.0
M. Sano 3B30010010.203.262.475.7360.5
R. Grossman DH40200010.133.188.200.3882.5
E. Rosario LF30200010.250.288.446.7352.5
M. Garver C40000014.133.188.333.521-0.5
E. Adrianza SS30100011.250.294.313.6070.5
M. Kepler RF30100001.292.393.604.9971.0
R. LaMarre CF30100011.533.533.5331.0670.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Span LF51230002.259.369.407.7776.0
    J. Field LF00000000.176.263.235.4980.0
    C. Cron DH42242012.264.316.472.78914.5
    C. Gomez RF40000031.158.229.276.505-1.5
    B. Miller 1B40000011.200.282.314.596-0.5
    D. Robertson 3B41111000.250.434.450.8846.0
    J. Wendle 2B42300010.288.377.481.8586.5
    W. Ramos C41110002.241.290.345.6354.0
    M. Smith CF32100120.362.422.483.9053.0
    A. Hechavarria SS31210102.277.315.292.6075.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Dozier (4), R. Grossman (2), E. Rosario (3)
      • SF - M. Sano
      • SH - E. Rosario
      • RBI - M. Sano (10)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Ramos (3)
      • 3B - J. Wendle (2)
      • HR - C. Cron 2 (4), D. Robertson (2)
      • RBI - D. Span 3 (17), C. Cron 4 (11), D. Robertson (5), W. Ramos (5), A. Hechavarria (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Span 3 (9), C. Cron 4 (5), A. Hechavarria (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (L, 1-1)6.15441714.291.436.5
      G. Moya0.233300110.801.60-6.0
      T. Kinley1.043311112.002.67-4.5
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (L, 1-1)6.1
      G. Moya0.2
      T. Kinley1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell (W, 3-1)7.05110602.540.9928.0
      M. Andriese2.04000106.751.502.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell (W, 3-1)7.0
      M. Andriese2.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Kinley (2)
      • HBP - K. Gibson
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 85-58, G. Moya 26-18, T. Kinley 30-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 9-2, G. Moya 1-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 25, G. Moya 5, T. Kinley 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 100-68, M. Andriese 41-26
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 5-9, M. Andriese 2-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 25, M. Andriese 8
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      MIN8-7
      100000000190
      TB7-13
      00200053X10120
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Dozier 2B41200012.303.370.545.9153.5
      J. Mauer 1B40000004.308.446.404.8500.0
      M. Sano 3B30010010.203.262.475.7360.5
      R. Grossman DH40200010.133.188.200.3882.5
      E. Rosario LF30200010.250.288.446.7352.5
      M. Garver C40000014.133.188.333.521-0.5
      E. Adrianza SS30100011.250.294.313.6070.5
      M. Kepler RF30100001.292.393.604.9971.0
      R. LaMarre CF30100011.533.533.5331.0670.5
      Total3119100713-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. Span LF51230002.259.369.407.7776.0
        J. Field LF00000000.176.263.235.4980.0
        C. Cron DH42242012.264.316.472.78914.5
        C. Gomez RF40000031.158.229.276.505-1.5
        B. Miller 1B40000011.200.282.314.596-0.5
        D. Robertson 3B41111000.250.434.450.8846.0
        J. Wendle 2B42300010.288.377.481.8586.5
        W. Ramos C41110002.241.290.345.6354.0
        M. Smith CF32100120.362.422.483.9053.0
        A. Hechavarria SS31210102.277.315.292.6075.0
        Total3510121032810-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Dozier (4), R. Grossman (2), E. Rosario (3)
          • SF - M. Sano
          • SH - E. Rosario
          • RBI - M. Sano (10)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Ramos (3)
          • 3B - J. Wendle (2)
          • HR - C. Cron 2 (4), D. Robertson (2)
          • RBI - D. Span 3 (17), C. Cron 4 (11), D. Robertson (5), W. Ramos (5), A. Hechavarria (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Span 3 (9), C. Cron 4 (5), A. Hechavarria (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Gibson (L, 1-1)6.15441714.291.436.5
          G. Moya0.233300110.801.60-6.0
          T. Kinley1.043311112.002.67-4.5
          Total8.0121010283---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Gibson (L, 1-1)6.1
          G. Moya0.2
          T. Kinley1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Snell (W, 3-1)7.05110602.540.9928.0
          M. Andriese2.04000106.751.502.5
          Total9.0911070---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Snell (W, 3-1)7.0
          M. Andriese2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - T. Kinley (2)
          • HBP - K. Gibson
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 85-58, G. Moya 26-18, T. Kinley 30-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 9-2, G. Moya 1-1
          • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 25, G. Moya 5, T. Kinley 8
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 100-68, M. Andriese 41-26
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 5-9, M. Andriese 2-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Snell 25, M. Andriese 8
          • 8TH INNING
            Span singled to right, Smith scored, Hechavarria to second110
            Hechavarria singled to center, Wendle scored, Smith to second19
            Robertson homered to center18
          • 7TH INNING
            Cron homered to left, Span scored17
            Span singled to center, Ramos and Smith scored, Span to second15
            Ramos doubled to deep right, Wendle scored13
          • 3RD INNING
            Cron homered to left center, Hechavarria scored12
          • 1ST INNING
            Sano hit sacrifice fly to right, Dozier scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Johnny Field in left
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sano flied out to deep center
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grossman singled to right
            • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Rosario singled to right, Grossman to second
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Garver grounded into double play third to second to first, Rosario out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Matt Andriese relieved Blake Snell
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kepler singled to center
            • R. LaMarre: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, LaMarre singled to center, Kepler to second
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mauer grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, LaMarre out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tyler Kinley relieved Gabriel Moya
            • B. Miller: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Robertson homered to center
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Wendle singled to right center
            • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ramos flied out to left
            • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wendle to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith walked
            • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria singled to center, Wendle scored, Smith to second
            • D. Span: Ball, Span singled to right, Smith scored, Hechavarria to second
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Cron flied out to right
            • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Grossman doubled to right
            • E. Rosario: Rosario hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Grossman to third
            • M. Garver: Strike swinging, Foul, Garver popped out to second
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Robertson grounded out to third
            • J. Wendle: Wendle tripled to deep center
            • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ramos doubled to deep right, Wendle scored
            • Gabriel Moya relieved Kyle Gibson
            • M. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Smith singled to left center, Ramos to third
            • A. Hechavarria: Pickoff attempt to first, Hechavarria grounded out to third, Smith to second
            • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Span singled to center, Ramos and Smith scored, Span to second
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Cron homered to left, Span scored
            • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gomez flied out to right
            • End of the 7th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier popped out to second
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer flied out to left
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sano popped out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller flied out to deep right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • E. Adrianza: Adrianza singled to left
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler flied out to center
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, LaMarre grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Adrianza out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hechavarria walked
            • D. Span: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Span grounded into double play shortstop to first, Hechavarria out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Rosario doubled to right center
            • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Garver struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • B. Miller: Ball, Miller grounded out to second
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Robertson grounded out to third
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Wendle singled to center
            • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Ramos grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler flied out to left
            • R. LaMarre: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, LaMarre struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Dozier reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
            • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Foul, Hechavarria singled to right
            • D. Span: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Span grounded out to shortstop, Hechavarria to second
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Cron homered to left center, Hechavarria scored
            • C. Gomez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Garver flied out to deep center
            • E. Adrianza: Foul, Adrianza grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • D. Robertson: Robertson flied out to right
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Wendle struck out looking
            • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramos grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier doubled to left center
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer grounded out to shortstop, Dozier to third
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Sano hit sacrifice fly to right, Dozier scored
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Grossman flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Span grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cron hit by pitch
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • B. Miller: Miller grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)