MLB-best Twins rally, beat Rays 5-3 in matchup of hot teams

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Minnesota Twins are a hit - and getting hit.

Eddie Rosario hit a tiebreaking two-run single off Adam Kolarek in the ninth inning after a pair of batters were hit by pitches, and the Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 Friday night in a matchup of two of the major leagues' hottest teams.

Minnesota, a big league-best 38-18, overcame a 3-1 fifth-inning deficit and won for the 13th time in 16 games. The Twins opened a season-high 10 1/2-game lead in the AL Central.

''We don't want our guys getting nicked up or anything, but sometimes you take the baserunners any way you can,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''And sometimes it takes a base hit with men on base to kind of wake everyone up and get things going.''

Jose Berrios and Taylor Rogers (2-1) combined on a four-hitter and stopped a six-game winning streak by the Rays (35-20), their longest since last August. Tampa Bay won the series opener 14-3 and had allowed three runs or fewer in its previous nine games.

''It's something we've seen this year. In the games that we have not played our best or lost, we've come back the day after and really pulled together and played good baseball,'' Baldelli said. ''It's what we've come to expect. I think we have the type of guys that regardless of what happens today, they'll be ready to play tomorrow.''

Helped by $7.11 tickets, the Rays drew 14,375 to Tropicana Field after three straight days of crowds ranging from 5,786 to 8,076.

The Twins have scored three or more runs in 24 straight games, matching the Minnesota record for a single season, set in 2006. They trailed 3-1 in the fifth before Polanco drove in a run with his second double and scored on a single by Willians Astudillo.

Diego Castillo (1-4) hit Jonathan Schoop on the left shoulder with a slider leading off the ninth. Schoop was sacrificed to second and took third on a groundout. Polanco was intentionally walked, and Castillo plunked Astudillo on the left arm with a slider on a 1-2 count.

Kolarek, a left-hander, relieved to face the left-handed hitting Rosario, and Rosario grounded an opposite-field single to left, past the spot vacated when third baseman Christian Arroyo shifted toward shortstop.

Rogers (2-1) retired his first six batters, allowed Daniel Robertson's two-out single in the ninth, then retired Mike Zunino on a groundout.

Berrios struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and three hits.

Rays opener Ryne Stanek gave up one run in two innings.

Astudillo had an RBI single in the first, but Kevin Kiermaier's two-run homer in the second put the Rays ahead. Austin Meadows stole home in the third when with runners at the corners and two outs, Willy Adames got caught in a rundown while Meadows dashed home. The throw from Schoop at second was in the dirt and got away from Astudillo at the plate.

Astudillo was thrown out at the plate by Kiermaier while trying to score on C.J. Cron's two-out double to center.

SCARY

Rays pitcher Emilio Pagan was hit on the right cheek by a line drive off Schoop's bat in the sixth but remained in the game.

''I was lucky,'' Pagan said. ''Probably my No. 1 fear, most pitchers will agree, that a ball coming back at you is not a fun situation to be in. It could have gotten me on my hand a lot more serious, and it definitely could have hit me in the face a lot harder.''

SHORT BENCH

Tampa Bay played with C Travis d'Arnaud as the only healthy backup. Outfielders Tommy Pham (right leg cramp) and Avisail Garcia (overall body soreness/hamstrings) were limited to pinch hitting.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Polanco was at DH after missing Thursday's game due to illness.

Rays: C Zunino (strained left quadriceps) was reinstated from the 10-day IL and C Erik Kratz was designated for assignment. ... INF Yandy Diaz (bruised left hand) was sent to extended spring training. ... INF Matt Duffy, out all season with a strained left hamstring, said a specialist he saw this week found no structural damage. Duffy could resume jogging Monday.

UP NEXT

RHP Kyle Gibson (5-2, 4.08) is to start Saturday for the Twins and RHP Yonny Chirinos (6-1. 2.91) for the Rays.

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  • W: T. Rogers (2-1)L: D. Castillo (1-4)
  • HR: TB - K. Kiermaier (6)
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    B. Lowe LF30000111.278.333.529.8630.5
    W. Adames SS40200000.242.311.371.6824.0
    J. Choi 1B40000024.258.333.411.744-1.0
    C. Arroyo 3B31000101.227.292.318.6102.0
    K. Kiermaier CF41121000.244.311.448.7587.0
    D. Robertson 2B30100010.207.316.293.6091.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Polanco 2 (16), C. Cron (10)
      • SH - B. Buxton (2)
      • RBI - J. Polanco (27), W. Astudillo 2 (11), E. Rosario 2 (49)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco (17), W. Astudillo (3), E. Rosario 2 (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario, C. Cron 3 (3), M. Sano 2 (2), B. Buxton 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • HR - K. Kiermaier (6)
      • RBI - K. Kiermaier 2 (22)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Choi 2 (2), C. Arroyo, M. Zunino, G. Heredia
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Schoop
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Meadows (7), W. Adames (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - K. Kiermaier (2)
      • E - M. Zunino (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios6.23333813.271.1316.0
      T. Rogers (W, 2-1)2.11000102.161.3212.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios6.2
      T. Rogers (W, 2-1)2.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Stanek2.04110203.061.112.0
      J. Beeks3.14221303.021.303.5
      E. Pagan1.21000200.440.733.0
      J. Alvarado0.20001003.221.48-1.0
      D. Castillo (L, 1-4)1.00221003.071.09-5.0
      A. Kolarek0.11000004.581.47-1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Berrios (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 99-64, T. Rogers 27-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 8-4, T. Rogers 4-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 27, T. Rogers 8
      PITCHING
      • IBB - D. Castillo (3)
      • HBP - D. Castillo 2 (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 32-18, J. Beeks 46-32, E. Pagan 16-11, J. Alvarado 17-11, D. Castillo 10-8, A. Kolarek 7-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Beeks 5-2, E. Pagan 1-2, J. Alvarado 1-1, D. Castillo 2-1, A. Kolarek 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 9, J. Beeks 15, E. Pagan 6, J. Alvarado 3, D. Castillo 6, A. Kolarek 2
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      J. Polanco DH43210110.338.409.5901.0008.5
      W. Astudillo C40220000.270.287.390.6775.0
      E. Rosario LF50120022.276.306.548.8542.0
      C. Cron 1B40100112.270.336.529.8662.5
      M. Gonzalez SS40200001.240.314.360.6742.0
      M. Sano 3B40000023.214.320.643.963-1.0
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      B. Buxton CF30000014.254.311.491.803-0.5
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        A. Meadows DH31000120.354.431.6731.1053.0
        B. Lowe LF30000111.278.333.529.8630.5
        W. Adames SS40200000.242.311.371.6824.0
        J. Choi 1B40000024.258.333.411.744-1.0
        C. Arroyo 3B31000101.227.292.318.6102.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Polanco 2 (16), C. Cron (10)
          • SH - B. Buxton (2)
          • RBI - J. Polanco (27), W. Astudillo 2 (11), E. Rosario 2 (49)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Polanco (17), W. Astudillo (3), E. Rosario 2 (15)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario, C. Cron 3 (3), M. Sano 2 (2), B. Buxton 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • HR - K. Kiermaier (6)
          • RBI - K. Kiermaier 2 (22)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Choi 2 (2), C. Arroyo, M. Zunino, G. Heredia
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Schoop
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Meadows (7), W. Adames (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - K. Kiermaier (2)
          • E - M. Zunino (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Berrios6.23333813.271.1316.0
          T. Rogers (W, 2-1)2.11000102.161.3212.5
          Total9.0433391---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Berrios6.2
          T. Rogers (W, 2-1)2.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Stanek2.04110203.061.112.0
          J. Beeks3.14221303.021.303.5
          E. Pagan1.21000200.440.733.0
          J. Alvarado0.20001003.221.48-1.0
          D. Castillo (L, 1-4)1.00221003.071.09-5.0
          A. Kolarek0.11000004.581.47-1.0
          Total9.01055370---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Stanek2.0
          J. Beeks3.1
          E. Pagan1.2
          J. Alvarado0.2
          D. Castillo (L, 1-4)1.0
          A. Kolarek0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Berrios (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 99-64, T. Rogers 27-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 8-4, T. Rogers 4-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 27, T. Rogers 8
          PITCHING
          • IBB - D. Castillo (3)
          • HBP - D. Castillo 2 (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 32-18, J. Beeks 46-32, E. Pagan 16-11, J. Alvarado 17-11, D. Castillo 10-8, A. Kolarek 7-4
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Beeks 5-2, E. Pagan 1-2, J. Alvarado 1-1, D. Castillo 2-1, A. Kolarek 1-0
          • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 9, J. Beeks 15, E. Pagan 6, J. Alvarado 3, D. Castillo 6, A. Kolarek 2
          • 9TH INNING
            Rosario singled to left, Schoop and Polanco scored, Astudillo to second53
          • 5TH INNING
            Astudillo singled to left, Polanco scored33
            Polanco doubled to left center, Schoop scored23
          • 3RD INNING
            Meadows stole home, Adames to second13
          • 2ND INNING
            Kiermaier homered to center, Arroyo scored12
          • 1ST INNING
            Astudillo singled to left, Polanco scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • D. Castillo Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Schoop hit by pitch
            • B. Buxton: Foul, Buxton hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Schoop to second
            • M. Kepler: Kepler grounded out to first, Schoop to third
            • J. Polanco: Polanco intentionally walked
            • W. Astudillo: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Astudillo hit by pitch, Polanco to second
            • Adam Kolarek relieved Diego Castillo
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario singled to left, Schoop and Polanco scored, Astudillo to second
            • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cron grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Rogers Pitching:
            • C. Arroyo: Strike looking, Arroyo grounded out to third
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier grounded out to pitcher
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Robertson singled to right
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Zunino grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jose Alvarado relieved Emilio Pagan
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Rosario grounded out to first
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron walked
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez lined out to center
            • Diego Castillo relieved Jose Alvarado
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Sano popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Rogers Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Lowe flied out to left
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Adames lined out to center
            • J. Choi: Ball, Foul, Choi grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • E. Pagan Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Kepler popped out to shortstop
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • W. Astudillo: Astudillo popped out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • M. Zunino: Zunino flied out to deep left
            • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
            • Taylor Rogers relieved Jose Berrios
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez singled to center
            • Emilio Pagan relieved Jalen Beeks
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
            • J. Schoop: Schoop reached on an infield single to pitcher, Gonzalez to second
            • B. Buxton: Ball, Buxton grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • C. Arroyo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Arroyo grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Kiermaier grounded out to second
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Schoop walked
            • B. Buxton: Foul, Buxton popped out to first
            • M. Kepler: Kepler grounded out to shortstop, Schoop to second
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco doubled to left center, Schoop scored
            • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Ball, Astudillo singled to left, Polanco scored
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Meadows struck out looking
            • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lowe walked
            • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Adames singled to right center, Lowe to second
            • J. Choi: Strike swinging, Choi grounded out to first
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario struck out looking
            • C. Cron: Foul, Ball, Cron lined out to first
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to left
            • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sano grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier grounded out to first
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robertson grounded out to third
            • M. Zunino: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Jalen Beeks relieved Ryne Stanek
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Kepler grounded out to first
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco grounded bunt out to third
            • W. Astudillo: Foul, Astudillo grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Meadows walked
            • B. Lowe: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Lowe flied out to left
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Adames singled to center, Meadows to third
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • C. Arroyo: Ball, Meadows stole home, Adames to second, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Arroyo grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • R. Stanek Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to center
            • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schoop singled to deep left
            • B. Buxton: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Schoop stole second, Schoop to third on catcher Zunino throwing error, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Choi: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • C. Arroyo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arroyo walked
            • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier homered to center, Arroyo scored
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Robertson hit by pitch
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Zunino flied out to center
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Heredia struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Stanek Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Kepler popped out to second
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco doubled to deep right center
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Astudillo singled to left, Polanco scored
            • E. Rosario: Rosario flied out to deep left
            • C. Cron: Ball, Cron doubled to deep right, Astudillo out at home
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Strike looking, Meadows flied out to right
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Adames grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)