PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA. – Brent Rooker homered on his first at-bat since suffering a broken forearm last September, then drove in another run with a sacrifice fly, and the Twins outlasted Tampa Bay 6-5 in a six-inning game at Charlotte Sports Park on Monday.
Kyle Garlick's two-run homer in the top of the fifth gave the Twins (2-0) the lead for good. Jake Cave had an RBI double and Rooker had his sacrifice fly in the same inning.
Andrew Romine had two hits for the Twins, and starting pitcher Lewis Thorpe threw two scoreless innings.
The Twins play Atlanta at North Port on Tuesday.