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Major League Baseball
Minnesota 5, Tampa Bay 3
When: 7:10 PM ET, Friday, May 31, 2019
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Temperature: Indoors
Umpires: Home - Ron Kulpa, 1B - Gabe Morales, 2B - Marty Foster, 3B - Jerry Meals
Attendance: 14375

Eddie Rosario hit a two-run bases-loaded single in the ninth inning to break a 3-3 tie and give the Minnesota Twins a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Twins had filled the bases without a hit off reliever Diego Castillo (1-4), who hit both Jonathan Schoop and Willians Astudillo while also intentionally walking Jorge Polanco. Adam Kolarek replaced Castillo and Rosario then grounded a ball down the third base line to drive in both Schoop and Polanco.

Polanco scored three runs and had two doubles and a RBI and Astudillo had a pair of RBI singles for Minnesota, which improved to 15-3 following a loss. Schoop finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and Marwin Gonzalez also had two hits for the Twins.

Taylor Rogers (2-1) picked up the win with 2 1/3 innings of one-hit relief.

Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer and Austin Meadows stole home for Tampa Bay, which had a season-best six-game winning streak snapped. Willy Adames added two hits.

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Polanco, who sat out Thursday night's 14-3 loss to the Rays with a virus, slammed a double off the wall in right-center and then scored on a single by Astudillo. The Twins nearly made it 3-0 when C.J. Cron came within a foot of a home run with a drive off the top of the right field fence. Cron ended up with a double and Astudillo, who paused briefly after turning third, was then cut down at the plate by Kiermaier.

Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the second on Kiermaier's sixth home run of the season, a 414-foot drive over the center field fence, driving in Christian Arroyo after a one-out walk.

The Rays made it 3-1 in the third when Meadows, who led off with a walk and went to third one out later on a single by Adames, stole home on a delayed double steal. It was the 12th steal of home in Rays' history.

Minnesota tied it 3-3 in the fifth when Schoop walked, advanced to second on a groundout by Max Kepler and then scored on a double into the gap in left-center by Polanco. Astudillo then followed with a single to drive in Polanco.

The Twins nearly took a 5-3 lead in the eighth when Miguel Sano hit a towering drive down the left field line that likely would have been a two-run homer, except it caromed off a speaker and back to Adames in shallow left field for an out.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Minnesota   Tampa Bay
Jose Berrios Player Ryne Stanek
No Decision W/L No Decision
6.2 IP 2.0
8 Strikeouts 2
3 Hits 4
4.05 ERA 4.50
Hitting
Minnesota   Tampa Bay
Jonathan Schoop Player Willy Adames
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
2 TB 2
1.000 Avg .500
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Minnesota 10 0 13 .286 14 7 5 3 1 0
Tampa Bay 4 1 7 .129 9 9 2 3 2 1