Twins top Rays, 6-5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mike Lamb hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning that Carl Crawford caught in foul territory and the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Wednesday night.
Delmon Young, a former Rays standout who came to the Twins in an offseason trade, led off the eighth with a single and reached third on Brendan Harris' one-out bloop single.
Lamb's flyball was slicing toward foul ground and left fielder Crawford slid and caught it about four feet in foul territory, allowing Young to score easily.
Juan Rincon (1-0) recorded the last two outs of the eighth and Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances, striking out Crawford to end the game.
Dan Wheeler (0-2) allowed one run and three hits in 1Xc innings to get the loss.
Errors cost both teams in the middle innings.
Minnesota took a 5-3 lead in the fifth when former Twins shortstop Jason Bartlett's throwing error allowed two runs to score. Bartlett fielded a two-hopper off the bat of Young, but his throw skipped past Carlos Pena and allowed Justin Mor-neau and Jason Kubel to score.
Minnesota dealt Bartlett and pitcher Matt Garza to the Rays in the offseason in exchange for Young and Harris.
Harris helped his former team the next inning.
A one-out Eric Hinske grounder went through Harris' legs and into right field. Livan Hernandez struck out the next hitter before Shawn Riggans tied it with a two-run homer to left-center.
Crawford and Hinske also homered against Hernandez, who allowed three earned runs and eight hits in six innings. Hernandez, who didn't allow a home run in his first three starts, failed to pitch into the seventh inning for the first time this season.
James Shields three earned runs and eight hits in five innings for the Rays.
The Twins bullpen blew two late-inning leads in two losses at Detroit to start the week, but Dennys Reyes, Rincon and Nathan combined to pitch three scoreless innings against Tampa Bay.