Hicks Homers And The Twins Get A Rare Win In Tampa Bay
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sam Fuld had enjoyed plenty of success at Tropicana Field. For the Minnesota Twins, big moments in the ballpark had been fleeting.
Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer, Fuld had a pair of RBI doubles and the Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-7 Thursday,
Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs for the Twins, who won two of three for their first road series win against the Rays since September 2006.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire moved past Chuck Dressen into sole possession of 59th place on the career victory list with 1,009.
Fuld, claimed off waivers from Oakland on Sunday, had two hits in his Twins debut Wednesday and added three more Thursday. He spent the previous three years with the Rays.
After having a four-run lead cut to one, Minnesota went ahead 8-3 in the fifth on a run-scoring double by Fuld and Hicks' shot off reliever Heath Bell. It was Hicks' first homer since July 14 against New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia.
Ricky Nolasco (2-2) allowed six runs and 10 hits over six-plus innings. Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
The Twins were coming off a 6-4, 12-inning win over the Rays Wednesday that ended at 11:58 p.m.
Erik Bedard (0-1) gave up four runs, five hits and five walks in four innings. It was the eighth time in 10 games that Tampa Bay's starter went five or less innings.
The Twins took a 3-0 lead in the first with the help of four walks and two hits off Bedard. Suzuki had a two-run single and Fuld hit an RBI double.
James Loney drove in the first of his two runs with a double before David DeJesus got the Rays within 4-3 on a two-run homer in the second. After seventh-inning sacrifice flies by Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce, Tampa Bay cut the deficit to 9-7 in the eighth on pinch-hitter Logan Forsythe's RBI single off Jared Burton.
Bell departed after Suzuki's RBI infield single went off his leg in the sixth.
Juan Carlos Oviedo, coming back from elbow ligament replacement surgery, replaced Bell and went 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his first major league appearance since Sept. 21, 2011, with Miami when he was known as Leo Nunez.
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