Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Rays fall back into first-place tie with 2-1 13-inning loss to Minnesota Twins

ST. PETERSBURG — Aside from the admittedly annoying — and extremely costly — leadoff walk in the 13th inning, Lance Cormier didn't really do much wrong in the 2-1 loss to the Twins.

There wasn't much he could do about the ensuing single by Joe Mauer that second baseman Reid Brignac is still trying to figure out how he missed. And the curveball Delmon Young hit to knock in the decisive run was a pretty good one.

It was a couple of hours before Wednesday's game that Cormier made what might have been the most costly decision. Having gone two weeks since his last appearance, he wanted to regain his feel for having a hitter at the plate and insisted in throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session, even though pitching coach Jim Hickey cautioned he may get used.

And not only did he get into the game, but with Joaquin Benoit and Rafael Soriano getting the night off no matter what (and Friday starter Matt Garza warming up to be next), the Rays needed Cormier to go long. And by his fourth inning, it turned out to be too much.

"Of course that's just how the game is, that's how everything plays out," Cormier said. "And I got up (to warm up) a couple times. I just actually ran out of gas."

The unfortunate ending capped what turned out to be a wasted Wednesday for the Rays.

A handful of scoring opportunities were unused. A strong start by David Price went for naught. The momentum of the tying ninth-inning rally was wiped out.

And by the end of the long night, the one-game AL East lead they had worked so hard for was gone. And they didn't have much time to get over it, with a 12:10 matinee series finale today before heading to Toronto.

The Rays dropped to 67-40 — albeit still best in the majors — and into a first-place tie with the Yankees, who beat the Blue Jays and are off today before opening a four-game series with the Red Sox, who are 6½ back.

Manager Joe Maddon insisted Cormier — who had two of his previous three appearances, July 16 and July 20, end in losses — wasn't to blame.

"He did a great job, he threw 59 pitches, had not pitched in a while, was very sharp and gave us so many different chances to win that game," Maddon said. "When you lose a game like that in 13 innings, you've had a ton of opportunities. And we just did not take advantage."

Neither team did, actually, as they combined for a pathetic 2-for-25 with runners in scoring position.

For most of the night, the only run the Twins scored off Price — who was seeking a team-record 15th win — looked like it would be enough, Danny Valencia singling with two outs in the second and Jason Repko doubling.

Otherwise, Price was dominant, allowing five hits, striking out seven, walking two and throwing a season-high-matching 119 pitches (and only 36 balls).

What more could he have done? "I could have thrown a shutout," he said.

The Rays were shut out for eight innings by Twins starter Scott Baker, and shut down with only three hits. They finally broke through against Matt Capps in the ninth.

Evan Longoria, immersed in a 9-for-53 slump, started the rally innocently: a blooper to shallow left-center that Young botched then booted into a double. He went to third on a flyout then scored on a single by Dan Johnson.

Cormier said the one thing he kept telling himself was to make Alexi Casilla hit his way on to open the 13th, but instead walked him. "That was the most annoying thing," Cormier said.

Mauer grounded a ball to the right side that somehow ticked off Brignac's glove. "I get that ball nine out of 10 times," he said. "I thought I had it." Then Young singled through the drawn-in infield.

"I just ran out of gas," Cormier said.

Marc Topkin can be reached at topkin@sptimes.

Twins 2

Rays 1

13 innings

Tampa Bay Rays fall back into first-place tie with 2-1 13-inning loss to Minnesota Twins 08/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 5, 2010 12:43am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. What Wilson Ramos will mean to the Rays lineup, pitching

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Archer was stumping for all-star votes for Corey Dickerson during a live interview Wednesday morning on the MLB Network when he lifted the right earpiece on his headset and said, "I hear a buffalo coming."

    Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos (40) waves to the crowd after being presented with the Silver Slugger Award before the start of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
  2. Jameis Winston as 2017 NFL MVP? 66-to-1 odds from Vegas


    Could Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston be an NFL MVP in 2017? It's certainly unlikely, but the sports book at Bovada has opening lines with Winston getting 66-to-1 odds, worse than 22 other players across the league.

    Bucs fans would be very happy if quarterback Jameis WInston can put himself into consideration for the NFL MVP award during the 2017 season.
  3. Deon Cain, Duke Dawson, Derrick Nnadi among SI's top 100 players


    Sports Illustrated's countdown of the top 100 players in college football continues with three more local players.

  4. The greatest coaches never to win it all


    As foregone conclusions go, some things are approaching the death-and-taxes stratosphere: summer humidity in Florida, a Kardashian seeking attention, and Mike Martin coming up short in Omaha.

    Florida State coach Mike Martin walks to the mound to talk to pitcher Cole Sands during the second inning of the team's NCAA College World Series baseball game against LSU Wednesday in Omaha, Neb. [AP photo]
  5. Bucs fans ranked 25th in study of NFL teams


    The Bucs and their fans are ranked 25th in an Emory University study of NFL teams' "fan base and branding analysis."

    Bucs fans were on their feet for this fourth-quarter play at home against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium in 2015.