- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jake Odorizzi admirably avoided trouble through six innings against the Minnesota Twins, leaving five runners in scoring position. He couldn’t do it in the seventh.

Danny Santana’s triple keyed the Twins’ three-run inning as they beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Friday night.

“I was pretty confident I’d get through those first two guys (in the seventh),” Odorizzi said. “They had a different plan from what I was thinking. Just frustrating. I haven’t been this frustrated in a while.”

Odorizzi (3-3) cruised into the seventh with a 2-1 lead, but his night - and the lead - was done shortly after that. Aaron Hicks led off with a single to left, and Santana followed by hooking a ball into the right-field corner for a triple that tied the game. Brian Dozier then put the Twins on top with a sacrifice fly.

“Jake threw the ball really well,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “We put him out there (in the seventh) factoring his change-up to the last two guys. Looking back, he’d probably given us plenty to get the win.”

David DeJesus hit a home run with two outs in the second to put the Rays on top 1-0. But Dozier tied it with a homer leading off the third.

Tampa Bay regained the lead in the fifth with a little help from some suspect defense by the Minnesota outfield. Joey Butler hit a towering fly ball that right fielder Torii Hunter misplayed into a double. One out later, Kevin Kiermaier hit a short fly ball that left fielder Eduardo Escobar let fall one step in front of him for an RBI single.

Twins pitcher Phil Hughes (3-4) gave up two runs and five hits in seven strong innings to win his third straight start. Twins manager Paul Molitor said Odorizzi was tough, but Minnesota found a way.

“Two runs for me I think should do the job,” Odorizzi said. “That’s just kind of how I look at it from my view and how I hold myself. That’s why giving it up late stings so much.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: After Thursday’s game the Rays activated LHP Jake McGee from the 15-day DL. McGee had offseason surgery on his elbow. McGee saved 19 games last year. Cash said he could use both McGee and RHP Brad Boxberger to close games.

Twins: Manager Paul Molitor said INF Eduardo Nunez (left oblique strain) will take live batting practice for the first time Saturday. OF Oswaldo Arcia (strained right hip flexor) swung a bat in the cage for the first time on Friday.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Alex Colome (2-1, 5.63) won his first two starts of the year, but last time out he gave up eight runs and 11 hits, including four home runs, over six innings in a loss to the Yankees.

Twins: RHP Trevor May (2-3, 5.40) allowed a career-high six runs over four innings in an 8-2 loss at Cleveland on Sunday.

CABRERA’S ERRORLESS STREAK ENDS

Rays SS Asdrubal Cabrera committed his first error of the season in the sixth inning on Trevor Plouffe’s line-drive. It was his first error since Sept. 10, 2014, as a second baseman. His last error as a shortstop was June 22, 2014. He entered Friday as the only shortstop in the majors without an error. “He’s been outstanding, as solid as can be,” Cash said.

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