The Tampa Bay Rays saw a 4-1 deficit get erased in the sixth, but the Rays offense scored the last 15 straight runs, ending a two-game skid with a record-tying 19-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins Saturday at Target Field.
Chris Archer put up a scoreless first, but found himself down 1-0 before the end of the second, as he left a breaking ball up and Max Kepler sent it into the seats for his 11th home run of the year.
Tampa Bay would be held without a hit by Jose Berrios until the fourth, when Matt Duffy singled to lead off the frame. Jake Bauers followed with a walk, and Wilson Ramos drove in both runners with a double to give the Rays the lead.
Ji-Man Choi flew out to deep left-center, and after Joey Wendle grounded out, Carlos Gomez and Mallex Smith hit back-to-back doubles leading to two more runs and a 4-1 advantage,
Minnesota started their comeback in the fifth as Eduardo Escobar's RBI single cut the Rays lead back to 4-2, and the Twins took the lead an inning later thanks to an RBI fielder's choice by Joe Mauer followed by a two-run double by Eddie Rosario. Escobar's RBI single gave them an insurance run and a 6-4 lead.
But the Rays bats came back in the top of the seventh, scoring five times on RBI singles from Kevin Kiermaier and Duffy, a sacrifice fly by Jesus Sucre, who took over for Ramos after the All-Star catcher left in the sixth with a hamstring injury, and a two-run triple by Wendle off Ryan Pressly that gave Tampa Bay back their three-run lead.
The Rays added on with five more runs in the eighth off Matt Belisle, including a two-run double by Jake Bauers and a two-run homer from C.J. Cron, then added an additional five runs off backup catcher Willians Astudillo in the ninth, with Gomez and Bauers each homering, with the latter helping the Rays tie the franchise record for runs scored in a game at 19.