- Associated Press - Thursday, April 24, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Sam Fuld had enjoyed plenty of success at Tropicana Field. For the Minnesota Twins, big moments in the ballpark had been fleeting.

Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer, Fuld had a pair of RBI doubles and the Twins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-7 Thursday,

Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs for the Twins, who won two of three for their first road series win against the Rays since September 2006.

“In this ballpark, you never feel safe,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We basically threw everything at them we had.”

Gardenhire moved past Chuck Dressen into sole possession of 59th place on the career victory list with 1,009.

Fuld, claimed off waivers from Oakland on Sunday, had two hits in his Twins debut Wednesday and added three more Thursday. He spent the previous three years with the Rays.

“It’s nice to come back and contribute,” Fuld said.

After having a four-run lead cut to one, Minnesota went ahead 8-3 in the fifth on a run-scoring double by Fuld and Hicks‘ shot off reliever Heath Bell. It was Hicks‘ first homer since July 14 against New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia.

“He was excited,” Gardenhire said. “It’s good to see. You knew it was going to be one of those kind of games. The guys came out and scored some runs, and then we just hold on.”

Ricky Nolasco (2-2) allowed six runs and 10 hits over six-plus innings. Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

The Twins were coming off a 6-4, 12-inning win over the Rays Wednesday that ended at 11:58 p.m.

“We’ve been battling,” Nolasco said. “A long game last night. Guys came back ready to go today.”

Erik Bedard (0-1) gave up four runs, five hits and five walks in four innings. It was the eighth time in 10 games that Tampa Bay’s starter went five or less innings.

“Early on he just kept missing,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “It wasn’t like he was throwing the ball badly, but he kept missing inside. But 90 pitches after four (innings), I like the fact that he got that deep.”

The Twins took a 3-0 lead in the first with the help of four walks and two hits off Bedard. Suzuki had a two-run single and Fuld hit an RBI double.

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