Twins erupt in fifth to dominate Rays

by Gary Shelton on June 11, 2022

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Saturday, 4 a.m.

Think of it as falling off a mountain. One minute, you're admiring the view, the next, the ground is rushing up to meet you.

Pretty much, that's the way that Friday night went for the Tampa Bay Rays in a 9-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

The Rays were cruising along in a 1-1 tie with the Twins until the bottom of the fifth and, suddenly, everything changed. Minnesota clubbed the Rays with a six-run inning, getting a home run, three

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doubles, two singles and a walk and an error. It was as if no one -- least of all starter Drew Rasmussen, could get the Twins out.

Rasmussen lasted only four and 1/3 innings, giving up nine hits and four earned runs. Two of the hits were home runs by Byron Buxton. Carlos Correa later added a two-run homer. It was the second straight game in which Buxton had hit two home runs.

The Rays got two of their runs in the seventh when Randy Arozarena hit an inside-the-park home run followed by Vidal Brujan’s first homer of the season. Isaac Paredes had earlier hit a solo homer.

The Rays were outhit 13-6 by Minnesota.

The Rays play against Minnesota again today at 2:10 p.m. at Target Field. Shane Baz is supposed to make his season debut for the Rays against a starter yet to be named for the Twins.

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