TWINS 5, RAYS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Eddie Rosario hit a tiebreaking two-run single off Adam Kolarek in the ninth inning after a pair of batters were hit by pitches, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 Friday night in a matchup of two of the major leagues' hottest teams.
Minnesota, a big league-best 38-18, overcame a 3-1 fifth-inning deficit and won for the 13th time in 16 games. The Twins opened a season-high 10½-game lead in the AL Central. They have scored three or more runs in 24 consecutive games, matching the Minnesota record for a single season set in 2006.
Jose Berrios and Taylor Rogers (2-1) combined on a four-hitter and stopped a six-game winning streak by the Rays (35-20), their longest since last August. Tampa Bay won the series opener 14-3 and had allowed three runs or fewer in its previous nine games.
Helped by $7.11 tickets, the Rays drew 14,375 to Tropicana Field after three consecutive days of crowds ranging from 5,786 to 8,076.
Castillo (1-4) hit Jonathan Schoop on the left shoulder with a slider leading off the ninth. Schoop was sacrificed to second and took third on a groundout, and Polanco was intentionally walked, and Castillo hit Willians Astudillo on the left arm with a slider on a 1-2 count.
Kolarek, a left-hander, relieved to face the left-handed hitting Rosario, and Rosario grounded an opposite-field single to left, past the spot vacated when third baseman Christian Arroyo shifted toward shortstop.
Rogers (2-1) retired his first six batters, allowed Daniel Robertson's two-out single in the ninth, then retired Mike Zunino on a groundout.
Berrios struck out 8 in 6 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs and 3 hits.
Rays opener Ryne Stanek gave up one run in two innings.
Astudillo had an RBI single in the first, but Kevin Kiermaier's two-run home run in the second put the Rays ahead. Austin Meadows stole home in the third when with runners at the corners and two outs, Willy Adames got caught in a rundown while Meadows dashed home. The throw from Schoop at second was in the dirt and got away from Astudillo at the plate.
Astudillo was thrown out at the plate by Kiermaier while trying to score on C.J. Cron's two-out double to center.
YANKEES 4, RED SOX 1 DJ LeMahieu homered and hit an RBI double off the wall against Chris Sale, sending surging New York to a victory over visiting Boston.
RANGERS 6, ROYALS 2 Joey Gallo's first career grand slam capped a six-run, sixth inning outburst as host Texas rallied past Kansas City.
WHITE SOX 6, INDIANS 1 Dylan Covey pitched six effective innings for his first victory since August and Chicago beat visiting Cleveland.
PIRATES 9, BREWERS 4 Josh Bell finished off his historic May with two more hits, Starling Marte added three hits and scored three times, and host Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee.
REDS 9, NATIONALS 3 Curt Casali hit a three-run home run off Patrick Corbin, who had one of the worst starts of his career, and Cincinnati beat visiting Washington.
CARDINALS 2, CUBS 1 (10) Matt Carpenter hit a game-ending single against an unusual defensive alignment in the 10th inning, and host St. Louis beat Chicago.
ORIOLES 9, GIANTS 6 Dwight Smith's first career grand slam capped a six-run outburst in the first inning and host Baltimore outslugged San Francisco.
TIGERS 8, BRAVES 2 Niko Goodrum homered twice and had a career-high five hits, Nicholas Castellanos and Grayson Greiner also went deep, and visiting Detroit beat Atlanta.
ROCKIES 13, BLUE JAYS 6 Trevor Story hit a pair of two-run home runs as part of a career-high seven-RBI night and host Colorado beat slumping Toronto.
Sports on 06/01/2019
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