Tampa Bay’s Yandy Diaz hit a sacrifice fly in the 18th inning to break a tie that had lasted since the second, and the visiting Rays finally pulled away from Minnesota for a 5-2 victory on Thursday to avoid being swept in a series by the Twins for the first time in 13 years.
Ryan Yarbrough, the eighth reliever and the 22nd player used by the Rays during the game that lasted 5:42 after rain delayed the first pitch by 57 minutes, threw three scoreless innings for the victory.
“That was kind of the motto today at some point,” Yarbrough said. “We were like, ‘If we’re going to play this long of a game, we’re going to win the game.’”
After the first eight relievers for the Twins allowed just two hits over a combined 10 innings, Ryne Harper faltered in the 18th while pitching for the third consecutive game and for the sixth time in 10 days.
The Rays loaded the bases with nobody out, just as they did in the 10th against Blake Parker when they failed to score. Diaz hit a medium-depth flyball with one out to left fielder Luis Arraez, whose throw was a little too far up the first-base line for catcher Jason Castro to make the tag before Brandon Lowe’s left hand grazed the plate on his head-first slide.
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Willy Adames and Ji-Man Choi followed with RBI singles to give the Rays some insurance.
Rays pitchers set a franchise record with 22 strikeouts. This matched their longest game in history, innings-wise, and this was also the most innings played in Target Field’s 10-season history. The Twins beat the Red Sox there in 17 innings last week.
The Twins turned to starter Kyle Gibson for the 17th inning, his first relief appearance in 170 career games.
Dodgers 12, Rockies 8: Chris Taylor drove in the go-ahead run with a bloop single as part of a four-run ninth and Max Muncy hit two of his team’s six homers as visiting Los Angeles won its 12th straight over Colorado. Dodgers starter Walker Buehler allowed a career high in runs (seven) and hits (13) over 5 ⅔ innings. His ERA jumped from 2.96 to 3.43.
Phillies 6, Mets 3: Jean Segura ripped a three-run, walk-off homer moments after Maikel Franco hit a tying, two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth for Philadelphia. New York’s Todd Frazier hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Hector Neris with one out in the ninth before the Phillies rallied for their fourth straight win.
Pirates 10, Astros 0: Joe Musgrove pitched six solid innings and Pittsburgh dealt Houston its ninth loss in 11 games. Astros left fielder Yordan Alvarez left the game after the third inning because of discomfort in his left knee. Manager AJ Hinch said Alvarez received an MRI exam and that the team was awaiting its results.
Brewers 4, Mariners 2: Orlando Arcia hit a three-run homer and Josh Hader struck out three batters over the final two innings to earn his 19th save for host Milwaukee.
Cubs 9, Braves 7: Victor Caratini’s two-run homer capped a four-run fifth inning as host Chicago rallied from a five-run deficit to beat Atlanta. Craig Kimbrel allowed a double and a walk in the ninth but earned the save in his Cubs debut.
Rangers 3, Tigers 1: Joey Gallo hit two solo homers and Ariel Jurado threw seven shutout innings as visiting Texas completed a three-game sweep to extend its winning streak to five games.
Nationals 8, Marlins 5: Victor Robles and Matt Adams homered during a five-run sixth as visiting Washington rallied to complete a three-game sweep.
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