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Hicks homers, Twins beat Rays 9-7
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Gardenhire moved past Chuck Dressen into sole possession of 59th place on the career victory list with 1,009.
“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.
“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.”
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