MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Cristian Guzman's timely hit in the 13th
inning completed Minnesota's long rally and its three-game sweep
over Tampa Bay.
Jones reached second on a bizarre ground-rule double. Left
fielder Carl Crawford and center fielder Rocco Baldelli converged
on what appeared to be an easy fly. But both slowed down and the
ball dropped between them and bounced over the center field wall to
set up Guzman's hit.
Baldelli said he lost the ball in the Metrodome's lights.
"I had it off the bat," he said. "Sometimes you see it when
it comes back out, but I didn't find it."
Guzman went 0-for-5 on Wednesday night, but finished 3-for-6 on
"I had to do something, you know," Guzman said.
Tony Fiore (1-0) worked two innings for the win as the Twins
overcame an early 4-0 deficit. Tampa Bay lost its eighth straight
to the Twins, the Devil Rays' longest losing streak to an opponent.
The Twins (13-14) started May off on a high note after a rocky
beginning to the season. The defending AL Central Division champs
endured a string of defeats, including a couple of blowouts to the
New York Yankees and began the day six games out of first place.
They looked to be on their way to another disappointing loss
when starter Joe Mays gave up four runs in the first inning.
"They didn't get down because I spotted them four runs early,"
Mays said. "They kept battling and that's the type of team we were
last year. Hopefully, today shows the guys that we can still do
Minnesota sent it into extra innings on Bobby Kielty's one-out
sacrifice fly in the ninth. Lance Carter, who blew his second save
of the season, intentionally walked Torii Hunter to load the bases
for Kielty, who flied out to center to score Corey Koskie. Koskie
scored before the Devil Rays caught Dustan Mohr between second and
third to end the inning.
"It's been a while since we've seen that kind of fire in our
eyes," Mays said.
Kielty's RBI cost Tampa Bay starter Steve Parris his first win
of the season.
Parris, who gave up five runs in only four innings last Saturday
against Baltimore, allowed three runs and five hits in five innings
and looked to be on his way for his first win in his last 10
"You think you have the game in hand, and it comes to bite
you," Baldelli said.
Coming into the game, opponents were batting only .167 against
Mays in the first inning. But Baldelli started things with a double
and the Devil Rays got Mays for three more hits. But Mays settled
down after the first and threw six more solid innings.
His lone blemish was a solo homer to Aubrey Huff in the fifth.
"Joe had one bad inning, and after that he settled down,"
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It didn't look like he had a
good fastball. He used his other stuff and got through."
After falling behind 4-1, the Twins rallied with a two-run
fourth inning on a home run from Koskie and a two-out single by
But Huff made his first career hit off Mays a memorable one,
hitting a 2-2 pitch 448 feet over the center field wall to put
Tampa Bay up 5-3.
Pierzynski scored Hunter on a ground out to make it 5-4 in the
The atmosphere was less chaotic than during Wednesday night's
game, which had five ejections and four hit batters. Victor
Zambrano hit two Minnesota batters, including a high fastball that
plunked Matthew LeCroy on his arm.
Dustan Mohr pinch-ran for LeCroy after he was hit by
Zambrano in the seventh. ... Jones stranded six runners. ... SS Rey
Ordonez didn't start because of by pain in his ankle and toe.
Escalona started in his place. Ordonez entered in the ninth and
went 0-for-1. ... Twins 1B Doug Mientkiewicz left the game after
injuring his thumb in the third inning, when he fielded a hard shot
from Anderson. X-rays came back negative. ... The Twins placed RHP
Mike Fetters on the disabled list after he re-aggravated a right
hamstring injury Wednesday night. RHP Juan Rincon will be recalled
from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.