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Twins 5, Rays 3: Late Dozier home run seals the victory

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Brian Dozier came through with a two-run homer in the 8th inning to put the Twins ahead.

Tampa Bay Rays v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

On an afternoon where the score was deadlocked for most of the game, the Twins struck late to take this matinee from the Rays by a score of 5-3.

While the score was deadlocked, the pace was gridlocked as starting pitchers Adalberto Mejia and Jake Odorizzi constantly had runners on base but both were able to successfully navigate through most of their troubles. Though each allowed over a baserunner per inning, both pitchers allowed just two runs apiece and the teams inched into the late innings tied at 2.

However, the Twins jumped on Rays relievers Danny Farquhar and Tommy Hunter in the 8th inning. Following a leadoff walk by Chris Gimenez, Eddie Rosario bunted Gimenez up to 2nd base, who then made it to 3rd base on a groundout from Ehire Adrianza. With Brian Dozier looming, the Rays countered with Hunter, but the move backfired as Dozier drove a 2-1 offering off the facing of the second deck in right-center field (that’s right, to the opposite field) to give the Twins a 4-2 lead. Joe Mauer and Byron Buxton teamed up to add an insurance run with a double and single, respectively, and Brandon Kintzler shut the door after allowing a solo home run to clinch the victory.

WP: Taylor Rogers (2-1)

LP: Danny Farquhar (2-2)

S: Brandon Kintzler (13)

Studs

Adalberto Mejia (5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K), Brian Dozier (1-for-3, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI), Robbie Grossman (1-for-2, 2 BB), Max Kepler (2-for-5), Eddie Rosario (2-for-3, HR, RBI)

Duds

None

Roll Call

# Recs Commenter Comment Link
5 CG19 [no title]
4 SooFoo Fan [no title]
4 SooFoo Fan [no title]
3 Joel Hernandez I sometimes blurt out how Paul Moliter needs to be better at bullpen management
3 SooFoo Fan [no title]
3 badcoffee Matt Capps has never made anything better
3 CG19 Dick Bremer "You can't keep taking ribs out, eventually you'll run out of ribs."
2 badcoffee [no title]
2 montanatwinsfan oooh, sexy tho.
2 SooFoo Fan El Dorado is an Uncharted location
2 KMAnderson414 NEVER BUNT HIT DINGERS
2 James Fillmore Try the new Budweiser screw-top bottles
2 KMAnderson414 The Twins today remind me of North Korea
2 James Fillmore I went to one of those at Midway
2 Joel Hernandez Once again the Owner trying to save money by having a guy do multiples roles at once
2 SooFoo Fan [no title]
2 Joel Hernandez Sounds like my love life
2 Joel Hernandez Praise be the Gimenez
2 CG19 The team's best reliever, 2nd best catcher, and 13th best hitter
1 SooFoo Fan Livin' like Larry
1 wayback RBBBI*
1 CG19 If we get 5%, we get government funding that we don't even want because we want a smaller government
1 SooFoo Fan Thats a good piece of hitting, Bux
1 SooFoo Fan Oh, Alverado
1 badcoffee I just want to tell you (yeah, you!) how awesome you guys are
1 SooFoo Fan #neverbunt
1 Rahil Modi End 7
1 CG19 Or homer
1 less cowbell, more 'neau [no title]
1 KMAnderson414 Of course we couldn't have a nice drama-free Kintzler outing
1 less cowbell, more 'neau Or a Doze-bomb
1 badcoffee Dozier is starting to heat up
1 less cowbell, more 'neau Doze took a direct hit to the noggin with a bucket of bubblegum.
1 badcoffee MAUER NOT SO LAZY
1 less cowbell, more 'neau Defensive insult to injury
1 less cowbell, more 'neau St Paul Saints Atheist Night Sat. Aug 12
1 SooFoo Fan Cash considerations
1 less cowbell, more 'neau Thanks Rahil
1 wayback Loved him in Welcome Back Kotter
1 Theo77 Getting out of that with only one run is a moral victory
1 gonzobob Didn't Gabe Kapler play with the Rays
1 less cowbell, more 'neau Old broom sticks and tree branches won't work
1 badcoffee Some good news on the Horizon
1 less cowbell, more 'neau Hanging out with Mauer?
1 less cowbell, more 'neau They'll never be "quite there" is the problem.
1 Rahil Modi I'm sorry
1 badcoffee Gimmy framed that pitch like it was Roger Rabbit
1 Rahil Modi Eddie Rosario with a solo shot to right!
1 less cowbell, more 'neau To eat Chinese food
1 montanatwinsfan protect against vampires
1 CG19 Man, Rosario crushed that
1 wayback SWEET ROSIE!!!!!
1 James Fillmore California anatomy
1 badcoffee Little Big League
1 less cowbell, more 'neau Brand new ballgame
1 gonzobob to hide the hicky

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