Twins rally in 9th, beat Tampa Bay in 10th, 6-4
- Blog Post by: Phil Miller
- March 11, 2013 - 9:22 PM
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA. -- Ray Olmedo tripled into the right-field corner, and Clete Thomas, who led off the 10th inning with a double, slid home just out of reach of catcher Mark Thomas on Monday, and the Twins went on to a 6-4 victory over Tampa Bay at Charlotte Sports Park.
Minnesota rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the ninth on back-to-back triples by Joe Benson and Eric Fryer, though Rays reliever J.D. Martin retired the next three hitters on a strikeout and two groundouts without allowing a go-ahead run. Martin gave up two more extra-base hits to open the 10th inning, however, and Mark Sobolewski followed with a sacrifice fly to provide the final margin.
The victory was the Twins' first in four matchups with Tampa Bay this spring. Minnesota is now 10-7 in Grapefruit League play.
Vance Worley threw 52 pitches and "was begging to go back out," he said, but was removed after allowing two runs on five hits over four innings. Worley gave up three doubles and a solo home run to Rays designated hitter Luke Scott, but worked his way out of further trouble by inducing two double plays.
Worley was enthused by his outing, despite the runs.
"I turned around [to look at the scoreboard] and I was almost [in the] mid-90s, got 94 [mph] once," said Worley, who had bone chips removed from his pitching elbow last September. "I haven't seen that in a couple of years, so I'll take it."
Oswaldo Arcia collected his first hits of the spring, doubling and singling in his first two at-bats and scoring both times. Jeff Clement and Darin Mastroianni also drove in runs off Rays starter Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona. Ryan Pressly allowed a run on three hits, and Luis Perdomo surrendered two singles and two stolen bases in the eighth inning, including the go-ahead hit by Brandon Guyer to give Tampa Bay a temporary lead.
P.J. Walters pitched two scoreless innings, working out of a first-and-third jam in the 10th, to earn the win.
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