Rays Roll Past Twins 19-6 16 Jul 18

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Cash didn’t want to jinx the roll the Tampa Bay hitters were on, so he just stayed at his spot in the dugout and didn’t say a word.

The Rays’ manager didn’t need to say anything. The hitters had everything under control.

Jake Bauers homered for the second straight game and drove in four runs, Carlos Gomez homered and had two RBIs, and Tampa Bay scored 15 times in the final three innings to rally past the Minnesota Twins 19-6 on Saturday.

“I just watched, man,” Cash said. “I don’t talk to hitters. I don’t look at hitters. I don’t say anything. I let (hitting coach Chad Mottola) handle that.”

C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer and Jesus Sucre, who entered in the sixth for injured catcher Wilson Ramos, drove in two runs for the Rays. They posted season-highs in runs and tied a season-high with 20 hits. Tampa Bay entered the game 2-34 this season when trailing after six innings.

“Part fun, part exhausting,” said the rookie Bauers, who is hitting .398 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in his past seven games. “I don’t think anyone in here wanted to lose three straight, let alone the series if we do drop that game.”

Jamie Schultz (1-0) earned his first major league win with 2 2/3 hitless innings in relief as the Rays overcame a short start by Chris Archer.

Zach Duke (3-3) gave up three runs and managed to retire just two batters in relief of Minnesota starter Jose Berrios. Eddie Rosario had three hits and two RBIs, but the Twins fell for the second time in nine games on their current homestand.

Six of Tampa Bay’s runs scored with two outs.

“We tried to stay close the best we could,” Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. “We just couldn’t get that last pitch to get off the field and give us a chance to keep it within striking distance. And then obviously the old 5-5-5 area code at the end was a little bit too much.”

Berrios, who is headed to his first All-Star game next week, gave up six runs for the second time in four starts.

“It was one of those days I felt strong,” Berrios said. “I’m healthy. I’m feeling good out there the first few innings, but that’s kind of how it went today.”

Matt Duffy, Mallex Smith and Adeiny Hechavarria all had three hits for the Rays. Duffy later left the game after twisting his ankle on a swing in the eighth, but Cash said he was removed because of the score and is expected to be in the lineup on Sunday.