Walls goes deep in Rays’ win over Twins

by Gary Shelton on September 12, 2023

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Walls had a three-run homer./TIM WIRT

Monday, 4 a.m.

His glove? Yeah, he can beat you with his glove.

Tyler Walls carries a nimble piece of leather with him. He can go in the hole, he can chase down a pop fly, he can turn a double play./

His legs? Yeah, Walls can hurt with his legs.

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He’s faster than you think, and he can steal a base, and he can  spin around the bases.

But his bat?

Since when does Walls hurt you with his bat?

He did on Monday night, if you’re asking. Walls powered an 0-2 pitch over the right field wall for a three-run homer in the fifth inning, leading the Rays to a 7-4 win over Minnesota. It was the first home run for Walls since early May. Walls is hitting just .212 on the season.

It was a good night for the Rays’ hitters. Yandy Diaz had four hits, including his 20th home run. Josh Lowe had three hits. Randy Arozarena had two.

It was the 17th time this year Diaz has had at least three hits in a game.

Tyler Glasnow won to improve his record to 9-5, although the long ball hurt him. He gave up a home run to Max Kepler and a three-run shot to Royce Lewis to make it close.

The Rays didn’t take advantage of their opportunities. They left 12 men on base, and they had two runners picked off.

The Rays and Twins play again tonight at 7:40 p.m. at Target Field. Zack Littell will start for the Rays against Joe Ryan.

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