Zobrist hit homer, Damon adds game-winning hit in ninth as Tampa Bay beats Minnesota 4-3

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: April 16, 2011 - 11:40 PM

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Ben Zobrist led off the ninth with a tying home run and Johnny Damon ended the game with a two-out single, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

Twins closer Joe Nathan (0-1) blew his second save of the series when Zobrist homered to tie the score at 3.

B.J. Upton walked and stole second. Nathan was replaced by Jose Mijares after walking Casey Kotchman and getting a flyball from John Jaso.

Mijares struck out pinch-hitter Elliot Johnson for the second out before walking Sam Fuld to load the bases. Damon then won it on his 2,583rd career hit — which tied him with Ernie Banks for 80th place all-time.

Juan Cruz (1-0) worked a scoreless ninth for the Rays, who have won five in a row.

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