Colabello’s 4 RBIs Power Twins Past Rays 6-4 In 12
Colabello's four RBIs carried Minnesota to a 12-inning, 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night as the Twins' 30-year-old designated hitter torrid streak.
After homering for the second straight night and driving in the winning runs with a 12th-inning single, Colabello has a league-leading 26 RBIs, tying the franchise record for games before the end of April set by Kirby Puckett in 1994. The Twins have six games left this month.
"RBIs are a product of opportunity, and I'm thankful to this coaching staff for believing in me enough to put me in the middle of this order, and to the guys in front of me for getting on base," said Colabello, who's also set a club record for RBIs in the first 20 games, passing Mickey Vernon (1955) and Brant Alyea (1970). "My job is to knock them in, and it just so happens this month there's quite a few of them."
Colabello's game-winning hit came off Josh Lueke (0-1) after hits by Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe.
Colabello drove in Minnesota's first two runs with a fourth-inning home run off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi, his third homer of the season.
Colabello drove in 17 runs in 55 games for the Twins last season, his first in the major leagues.
Matt Joyce drove in the Rays' first two runs with a ground ball in the first and a sacrifice fly in the third off Twins starter Mike Pelfrey.
Pelfrey gave up six hits, three walks and three earned runs in five innings.
Odorizzi pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits and striking out five, all consecutively. He gave up hits or walks to five straight Twins in the fourth, and left after Eduardo Escobar's sacrifice fly gave the Twins a 3-2 lead.
Sam Fuld, playing in his first game with the Twins, had two hits, including a single to right that put Minnesota up 4-2 in the fourth.
Anthony Swarzak and Fien each pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for the Twins.
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