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Rosario’s 9th-inning double gives Twins 5-3 win

A fantastic finish to a fantastic game.

Minnesota Twins v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

Well, that was fun.

Following Thursday’s lopsided Rays victory, Minnesota came back to win this game after an early 3-1 deficit. The Twins are now 15-3 in the next game after a loss. That’s crazy.

Your evening started with a first-inning RBI of Jorge Polanco from Willians Astudillo. Who got thrown out trying to score from first on a C.J. Cron double. It was gonna be that kind of night.

Jose Berrios got taken deep by Kevin Keirmaier, who has a career .735 OPS. Tampa Bay made the lead 3-1 with a steal of home by Austin Meadows, who has a 1.105 OPS this year. Moar Polanco/Astudillo in the 5th tied things up.

Oh, and the next inning, umpires lost track of the count. Needed booth review to figure out if the count was full or 2-2. (It was 3-2.)

Miguel Sano almost put Minnesota ahead in the eighth, but his home run bounced off the roof and was caught by shortstop Willy Adames for the last out. Something similar has happened before. In Sano’s rookie season. In that case, the ball hit the roof and fell for a double, instead of a two-run homer. Minnesota lost that game 4-5.

Rosario’s game winner came after the Rays intentionally walked Polanco and unintentionally plunked Astudillo, loading the bases with two outs. Eddie shot one inside the third-base line, drawing a few “ED-DIE”s from Twins fans at the game.

Taylor Rogers pitched to the last seven Rays hitters. He’d only allow one of them to reach base. Naturally, it was in the ninth, with two outs, bringing up the tying run in Mike Zunino. He grounded out. Ballgame.

Cleveland just lost to the White Sox. That gives Minnesota a 10.5 lead in the AL Central over both teams. The old saying is teams can make up one game behind for every week left in the season, so don’t write Cleveland off just yet. But 10.5 games ahead is better than 10.5 behind.

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