Dozier’s 2-run shot in 8th spurs Twins to 5-3 win over Rays

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi, center, leaves in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Minneapolis. AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Brian Dozier’s tiebreaking two-run home run for Minnesota with two outs in the eighth inning followed a pitching change by Tampa Bay and spurred the Twins to a 5-3 victory Saturday afternoon over the Rays.

The Twins were 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position until Dozier stepped in against Tommy Hunter with a man on third. The 426-foot drive, Dozier’s seventh of the season, bounced off the ribbon videoboard between the upper and lower deck in right-center field.

Rays manager Kevin Cash swapped right-handed relievers, removing Danny Farquhar (2-2) so Hunter could face Dozier. The decision backfired, ending Farquhar’s streak of 16 consecutive scoreless appearances.

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