It didn’t matter that the opponent is the worst team in the American League. It doesn’t matter that that win came late. It didn’t matter that the Tampa Bay Rays squeezed it out late.
What matters is that the Rays won.
The Rays beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-2, to snap a five-game losing streak. The Rays had lost 10 of 12 games coming in, and had settled into last place in the AL West.
Tampa Bay got just enough to get past the Twins, however. They got an early home run from Evan Longoria and a late one from Logan Morrison to power the win.
Pitcher Jake Odorizzi went six innings and allowed only two runs.
The Rays broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning when Brad Miller’s two-out hit drove in Taylor Motter. In the ninth, Morrison’s home run drove in an insurance run.
“We’ve been starving for that kind of hit,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash.
“This gets the monkey off our backs,” said Odorizzi. “Hopefully, this gets us back in the winning mode.”
For Tampa Bay, Alex Colome went five innings – including a bases-loaded strikeout in the eighth – to get his 13th save.
The Rays play the third game of the four-game set today as Matt Andriese pitches.