By: Sam Ekstrom | KFAN.com
A struggling team will consistently find new ways to lose, and the Twins did just that in a 13-inning defeat to Tampa Bay Wednesday.
Though both teams went just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, the Rays got their one clutch hit when they needed it most. Ben Zobrist drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the 13th inning to give his club a 4-3 victory, sending the Rays to their seventh straight victory.
Meanwhile, the Twins, who have now dropped 10 of 11 games, left five men on base during extra innings alone.
Rookie Oswaldo Arcia, who went 0-for-6 on the night, stranded multiple runners on base in his final three at-bats. All told, the team left nine runners aboard.
Tampa Bay left 15 men on base, but used a big two-run home run by Kelly Johnson to tie the game in the sixth inning against starter Kevin Correia. Johnson’s 13th longball of the season turned a 3-1 Twins lead into a 3-3 tie that wouldn’t be broken for another seven frames.
Correia received a no-decision for his five and one-third innings. However, the right-hander racked up a high pitch count by walking a season-high five batters. His early exit put extra wear and tear on the bullpen, which used everybody except closer Glen Perkins. Ryan Pressly (2-1) wound up taking the loss.
The Twins took an early lead on a two-run homer by Pedro Florimon in the third inning and an RBI single by Clete Thomas in the fifth. Joe Mauer also had a much-needed three-hit outing to boost his average to .316.
The series finale takes place Thursday morning at 11:10. Twins’ starter Mike Pelfrey will look to build on his latest quality start last Saturday at Toronto.