Twins bullpen locks up 6-4 win over reeling Rays

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore throws against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning Thursday. AP Photo

MINNEAPOLIS – Eduardo Nunez led off the game for Minnesota with an inside-the-park home run, Max Kepler picked up his first two major league RBIs and four Twins relievers combined for five scoreless innings in a 6-4 win over the reeling Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.

Byung Ho Park went a career-best 3 for 3 for the Twins, who had a season-most 15 hits and recovered smoothly from a rocky start by Phil Hughes that ended with a two-run homer by Evan Longoria in the fifth that put the Rays up 4-3.

Taylor Rogers (1-0) struck out two over two perfect innings for his first major league victory. Ryan Pressly and Brandon Kintzler followed with scoreless frames, and former Rays right-hander Kevin Jepsen worked the ninth for his seventh save in 10 tries.

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