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Ponson gets first win in nearly a year, Twins crush Devil Rays

Apr 15, 2007 - 4:16 AM MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Sidney Ponson showed his Minnesota Twins teammates that he is not quite ready for the scrap heap.

Ponson allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings and Torii Hunter drove in three as the Twins posted a 12-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Hunter had three hits, as did Michael Cuddyer and Jason Tyner, who each scored three runs for Minnesota, which has won 11 of 12 here vs. Tampa Bay.

Ponson was awful in his Twins debut, surrendering eight runs in 5 2/3 innings against the New York Yankees last Monday, but he yielded eight hits and three walks while striking out six to even his record at 1-1.

"Ponson was missing with some pitches but he battled," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He gives us everything he has. He's got all the pitches, it's just a matter of getting them where he wants them a little more often and a little more consistent. But I was happy for him."

He snapped a personal six-game losing streak, recording his first win since May 27, 2006.

"You went deep for that one, didn't you?" Ponson said after being asked about his streak. "I go out there to battle every night I go out there.

"Like you said, six decisions I lost. It happens. But hopefully my next five or six will be 'W's. I don't win, the team wins. That's what its all about."

Still, Ponson was far from happy with his performance.

Ponson said he told Gardenhire before the game that he would last for nine innings. When Gardenhire went to the mound to retrieve Ponson after throwing 104 pitches in 5 1/3 innings, Ponson had Gardenhire and the rest of the Twins' infield chuckling.

"He just said he felt like he's thrown nine innings," Gardenhire said. "All you can do is look at him and smile, because he had a pretty good smile on his face."

Ponson left to a standing ovation from a crowd of 35,269.

With the game knotted at 2-2 and the bases loaded in the third, Justin Morneau, Hunter and Jason Kubel each had an RBI in the frame off Devil Rays starter Edwin Jackson to put the Twins up, 5-2. Minnesota added a run in the fifth, three in the sixth and three in the seventh, including a solo homer by Luis Rodriguez for his first blast of 2007 and fifth of his career.

Jackson surrendered five runs - four earned - three hits and five walks in just three-plus innings to drop to 0-2 this season.

"Jackson's command was not there tonight," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He didn't have that confident look he had the other day in Texas. It was just disheveled. He did not have that good appearance."

Carlos Pena belted a three-run homer in the ninth and Ty Wigginton and B.J. Upton each had two hits for Tampa Bay. However, center fielder Elijah Dukes went 0-for-4, striking out on each occasion.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 10 2
    MINNESOTA 2 0 3 0 1 3 3 0 x 12 14 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TAM - EDWIN JACKSON, GARY GLOVER (4TH), SHAWN CAMP (6TH), RUDDY LUGO
    (7TH), JUAN SALAS (8TH) AND DIONER NAVARRO
    MIN - SIDNEY PONSON, JUAN RINCON (6TH), GLEN PERKINS

    Apr 14 10:09 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS PENA (2) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 9TH OFF GLEN PERKINS SCORED JONNY GOMES AND BRENDAN HARRIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 5, MINNESOTA 12
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D YOUNG (.364, 2-FOR-4)

    Rays vs. TwinsApr 14 10:08 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL CUDDYER SCORED JASON TYNER.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M CUDDYER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    MINNESOTA 12 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORNEAU (.300, 2-FOR-4, 2 RBI)

    Apr 14 9:43 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL CUDDYER SCORED JASON TYNER.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M CUDDYER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    MINNESOTA 12 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORNEAU (.300, 2-FOR-4, 2 RBI)

    Rays vs. TwinsApr 14 9:43 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JASON TYNER SCORED JASON BARTLETT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J TYNER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    MINNESOTA 11 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.333, 1-FOR-2, 2 BB, RBI)

    Apr 14 9:40 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JASON TYNER SCORED JASON BARTLETT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J TYNER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    MINNESOTA 11 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MAUER (.333, 1-FOR-2, 2 BB, RBI)

    Rays vs. TwinsApr 14 9:40 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY LUIS RODRIGUEZ (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF RUDDY LUGO.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2, MINNESOTA 10
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J BARTLETT (.083, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Apr 14 9:34 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY LUIS RODRIGUEZ (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF RUDDY LUGO.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2, MINNESOTA 10
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J BARTLETT (.083, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Rays vs. TwinsApr 14 9:34 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: R Lugo relieved S Camp.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    MINNESOTA 9 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: L Rodriguez (.273, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 14 9:31 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - PITCHING CHANGE
    TAM: RUDDY LUGO (1-0, 22.50) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2, MINNESOTA 9
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: L RODRIGUEZ (.273, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 14 9:31 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: B Harris at shortstop.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    MINNESOTA 9 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: L Rodriguez (.273, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 14 9:31 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 2
    MINNESOTA 2 0 3 0 1 3 9 10 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: TAM - SHAWN CAMP
    MIN - JUAN RINCON

    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: L RODRIGUEZ (.273, 0-FOR-3)
    J BARTLETT (.083, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB)
    A CASILLA (.200, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Apr 14 9:30 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TORII HUNTER SCORED MICHAEL CUDDYER.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, T HUNTER ON SECOND, J MORNEAU ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    MINNESOTA 9 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.286, 0-FOR-2, SF, RBI)

    Rays vs. TwinsApr 14 9:21 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JUSTIN MORNEAU SCORED JOE MAUER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J MORNEAU ON FIRST, M CUDDYER ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    MINNESOTA 8 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: T HUNTER (.263, 1-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Rays vs. TwinsApr 14 9:18 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOE MAUER SCORED JASON TYNER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J MAUER ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    MINNESOTA 7 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: M CUDDYER (.359, 2-FOR-2, HBP, RBI)

    Rays vs. TwinsApr 14 9:14 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TORII HUNTER SCORED MICHAEL CUDDYER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T HUNTER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    MINNESOTA 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.300, 0-FOR-1, SF, RBI)

    Rays vs. TwinsApr 14 8:47 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 0 2 0 0 2 6 2
    MINNESOTA 2 0 3 0 5 3 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: TAM - GARY GLOVER
    MIN - SIDNEY PONSON

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: R BALDELLI (.250, 1-FOR-1, BB)
    B ZOBRIST (.190, 0-FOR-2)
    C CRAWFORD (.250, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 14 8:30 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JASON KUBEL SCORED MICHAEL CUDDYER.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, T HUNTER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    MINNESOTA 5 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: L RODRIGUEZ (.333, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. TwinsApr 14 8:10 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY TORII HUNTER SCORED JOE MAUER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, T HUNTER ON FIRST, M CUDDYER ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    MINNESOTA 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.300, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. TwinsApr 14 8:09 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JUSTIN MORNEAU SCORED JASON TYNER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J MORNEAU ON FIRST, M CUDDYER ON SECOND, J
    MAUER ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    MINNESOTA 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: T HUNTER (.250, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. TwinsApr 14 8:07 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 0 2 2 4 2
    MINNESOTA 2 2 1 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: TAM - EDWIN JACKSON
    MIN - SIDNEY PONSON

    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.316, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
    L RODRIGUEZ (.375, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    J BARTLETT (.087, 0 HR,

    Apr 14 7:44 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY B.J. UPTON SCORED DIONER NAVARRO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B UPTON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    MINNESOTA 2 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: R BALDELLI (.250, 1-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. TwinsApr 14 7:40 PM


  • AL
    AT MINNESOTA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY DIONER NAVARRO SCORED DELMON YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D NAVARRO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1
    MINNESOTA 2 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E DUKES (.185, 2 HR, 2 RBI)

    Rays vs. TwinsApr 14 7:37 PM