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Twins comeback short as Rays win in 10 innings

Twins comeback short as Rays win in 10 innings

MINNEAPOLIS — — Jonny DeLuca’s single to center field in the 10th inning and a hard throw by center fielder Jose Siri to complete a double play in the bottom half of the inning helped Tampa Bay overcome a squandered lead of four runs in a 7-6 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.

The Twins’ Jose Miranda and Carlos Santana homered in the ninth inning and erased a 6-2 deficit before DeLuca connected on an 0-2 single off reliever Griffin Jax, scoring pinch runner Taylor Walls and giving the Rays in the lead for good.

Tampa Bay (36-39) improved to an MLB-best 26-11 in games decided by two runs or less.

In the bottom of the 10th, Siri sprinted into right-center field to catch a fly ball by pinch hitter Carlos Correa and then gunned down Royce Lewis, who was trying to tag out, to third for a double play. Siri stopped right fielder Richie Palacios for what the latter called a “Gold Glove” throw.

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Minnesota begins a nine-game road trip with stops in Oakland, Arizona and Seattle. RHP Chris Paddack (5-3, 5.25 ERA) is expected to start Friday against RHP Joey Estes (2-2, 5.97).

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