ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jorge Polanco drove in 4 runs with a couple of doubles, Carlos Correa had his fourth immediately multi-hit recreation and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-3 on Sunday.
The Twins broke out briefly for 5 runs within the first inning off Rays starter Josh Fleming and coasted to their 9th win in 10 video games.
“That set the tone for everything going on,” Twins supervisor Rocco Baldelli stated. “A lot of good at-bats, a lot of good swings, a lot of using the whole field.”
Josh Winder (1-0) pitched six shutout innings in his first main league get started for the Twins, giving up two hits and putting out seven.
“The at-bats gave Josh a little bit of a springboard,” Baldelli stated.
Winder’s handiest issues had been ready throughout the 28-pitch best of the primary inning, and any other 27 pitches within the best of the fourth.
“Thankfully the game was in Tampa and it wasn’t in the Minnesota cold, so I was kind of able to stay loose,” he stated. “I kind of know how to keep my body loose and stay prepared. So if anything, it got me to settle down and kind of calm down after my bullpen. There was no real effect to that long inning. Those guys can score as much as they want.”
Doubles by way of Polanco and Max Kepler drove in 3 runs in Minnesota’s giant first inning. Starting with a throwing error by way of Rays shortstop Taylor Walls, six of the primary seven Minnesota batters reached base in opposition to Fleming (2-3), who wanted 20 pitches to report his first out.
The left-hander gave up six runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in 3 2/3 innings, leaving after Byron Buxton’s 7th homer of the season within the fourth.
“This team deserves better from me, and I believe I am better than what I’ve shown the last couple times,” stated Fleming, who’ve up seven runs — all unearned — in his final get started. “I think since my first outing against the Orioles, nothing has come easy. It’s been a grind.”
Robert Dugger threw 87 pitches in his main league debut for the Rays, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Cole Sanders pitched two innings in his debut for the Twins, giving up two runs on 3 hits.
Isaac Paredes, obtained from Detroit in change for Austin Meadows simply earlier than the season began, went 1 for 4 and performed 3rd base in his first recreation with Tampa Bay.
Josh Garlick, who drove in a run with a unmarried within the first inning, left the sport within the fourth with proper calf tightness.