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- Updated: August 6, 2016
The Minnesota Twins opened up the weekend series at Tropican Field on Friday evening against the Tampa Bay Rays. Although both teams have struggled this season, both have gained momentum as of late with the Rays winning a series against the Kansas City Royals and the Twins winning a series against the Cleveland Indians.
RHP Ervin Santana took the start for the Minnesota Twins, deuling against LHP Blake Snell who took the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays.
In the bottom of the first Logan Forsythe hit a leadoff single and would then score after a RBI single by Brad Miller to put the Rays up 1-0.
In the top of the third, Jorge Polanco hit a lead off single to left field. Brian Dozier then hit a RBI triple to score Polanco to tie the game at 1.
Snell had another solid outing for the Rays as he went five and one-third innings allowing just one run on four hits; walking two and striking out seven.
In the bottom of the sixth, Brad Miller helped tack on another run for the Rays as he hit a solo homerun to right field to give Tampa Bay the 2-1 lead.
Ervin Santana worked six and two-third innings allowing two runs on six hits; striking out an impressive eight batters.
In the top of the seventh, Eddie Roario then pinch-hit for Byron Buxton and that proved to be a wise decision by the Twins’ bench as he hit a two-run homerun to right field to give the Twins the 3-2 lead.
The Twins’ extended their lead with a solo homerun by Miguel Sano to make it 4-2.
Joe Mauer’s two run double in the top of the ninth then sealed the Twins’ eventual 6-2 victory. The Twins have now won seven of their last nine games.
Erasmo Ramirez was charged with loss and falls to (7-9), Santana earned the win for the Twins and advances to (5-9) on the season.
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