Damon Hits Walk-off; Rays 4, Twins 3

There was no offensive explosion on Thursday night, but the Rays managed to defeat the Twins in extra innings as Johnny Damon (1-for-5) hit a walk-off home run in the 10th to give Tampa Bay a 4-3 victory.

James Shields pitched seven innings allowing two Minnesota runs on nine hits. He has yet to pick up his first win of the year (0-1 in three starts). Carl Pavano was lights out for the Twins: no runs allowed on four hits through eight innings, but he would not walk away with the win.

The game remained scoreless until the sixth inning when the Twins scored both of their runs. After a double by Justin Morneau and a single by Jim Thome, Delmon Youg hit a sacrifice fly to score Morneau. Following a ground-rule double to Jason Kubel, Shields intentionally walked Danny Valencia and then gave up an RBI single to Drew Butera. Twins 2, Rays 0.

Tampa Bay threatened in the seventh with Matt Joyce in scoring position, but were unable to bring any runs across until the bottom of the ninth. B.J. Upton grounded out to begin the bottom half of the inning, but Felipe Lopez doubled to right, Ben Zobrist walked, and then Matt Joyce hit a line-drive RBI double to center. Closer Joe Nathan was charged with both runs. Rays 2, Twins 2.

Kyle Farnsworth allowed the go ahead run in the 10th after a passed ball by John Jaso. Singles by Matt Tolbert and Danny Valencia put the Twins in front 3-2.

With one out in the bottom of the 10th, Sam Fuld singled to right field and then Damon launched the winning home run just over the right field wall. Rays 4, Twins 3.


Posted on April 14, 2011, in The BLIP. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. To add to the Sam Fuld fodder: It looks like Joe Maddon is taking a page from the line of an old Kenny Rogers song, “You’ve gotta know when to Fuld ’em.”

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