Pushing the Tampa Bay Rays back toward .500 might be David Price’s way of dampening trade rumors. The All-Star left-hander pitched eight scoreless innings to win five straight starts for the first time in his major league career, and the Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
Brian Dozier played his own version of Home Run Derby against the Colorado Rockies, hitting two into the left-field seats. Next up, the real thing — in his home park. Dozier had his first career multihomer game to get cranked up for the derby and the Minnesota Twins beat the Rockies 13-5 on Sunday.
Some run support at long last made all the difference for Kevin Correia. Correia pitched six innings of one-run ball, Eduardo Escobar homered, and the Minnesota Twins pulled away late to beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3 on Saturday. Correia (5-11) scattered seven hits and cooled the power-hitting Rockies, who stranded 10 baserunners and were kept in the yard after slugging eight home runs in their previous two games. He walked one and struck out one in snapping a hard-luck three-game losing streak during which he had received no run support.
Carlos Beltran gave the foundering Yankees a jolt with a three-run homer Thursday night, lifting Masahiro Tanaka to his major league-leading 12th win and helping New York end a season-worst five-game skid with a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Kyle Gibson threw seven innings and Eduardo Escobar hit a solo homer in the third and drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier left Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays in the fourth inning with a sore lower back and was replaced by Eduardo Escobar. Dozier came in batting .245 with a team-high 14 home runs and 33 RBIs.
Rookie Danny Santana drove in five runs, Kyle Gibson pitched seven strong innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Houston Astros 8-0 Saturday. Santana, who hit his first major league home run on Friday night, flied out to lead off the first inning. He then got hits in his next four at-bats, raising his batting average to .373. Santana hit a two-run single in the second, a two-run double in the fourth as the Twins broke it open and an RBI single in the fifth.
Nick Tepesch won his second consecutive start, Elvis Andrus and Chris Gimenez each had two RBIs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 7-2 on Monday afternoon. Tepesch (2-0) allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings, striking out four to win consecutive starts for the first time in his career. Alex Rios added two more hits and now has six straight multi-hit games. The Rangers have won three straight and five of six.
Minnesota’s Kevin Correia was a visitor and at home all in the same place. Correia, a San Diego native and resident of nearby Del Mar, scattered three runs and four hits over six innings in leading the Twins to a 5-3 win over the Padres on Tuesday night.
Brian Dozier doesn’t like talking about his power-hitting abilities. When told his manager referred to him as Minnesota’s “igniter” over the past couple of games — during which he homered on consecutive nights — the Twins second baseman looked embarrassed. “The igniter? Oh goodness,” Dozier said Saturday night after hitting a three-run homer that proved to be the game-winning hit in Minnesota’s 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Eduardo Escobar homered leading off the 10th inning against Cleveland closer John Axford, giving the Minnesota Twins a 1-0 win over the Indians on Monday night. Escobar, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, connected on a 1-0 pitch from Axford (0-3), driving it over the wall in right for his first homer since June 20 and fourth of his career in 344 at-bats.
The Minnesota Twins aren’t picky about how they get on base this season. And if the most-walked team in the majors can get more starting pitching performances as they did Saturday, the Twins likely won’t mind their status as a middle-of-the-pack team when it comes to batting average.
New York Mets outfielder Chris Young has prided himself on trying to make better contact and not worrying about pulling the ball this spring. He couldn’t help himself Saturday, though. Young went 2 for 3 and hit his first home run of the spring off Scott Diamond in the bottom of the first inning as a Mets’ split squad tied the Minnesota Twins 3-3 in nine innings on Saturday.
Pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the 14th inning to score Hicks on Tuesday night, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, who got six hits from Jean Segura.
Rays ace David Price gave nine hits in five innings and the Minnesota Twins beat Tampa Bay 6-4 Saturday.