In a game that went 13 innings, every run was a big one Wednesday for the Minnesota Twins. Unfortunately for manager Ron Gardenhire's club, it left too many men on base and missed too many opportunities to push across a run and it resulted in a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The two teams combined to leave 24 runners on base, and it was the Rays who stranded the majority of those with 15. Still, Minnesota was 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and had a few chances late in the game to do damage in those situations.
The last came in the top of the 13th when rookie Oswaldo Arcia struck out to end the inning with runners on first and third and two outs. Arcia also had a chance to drive in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th but grounded out with runners on second and third and two outs.
"He had a chance a couple times. He's just swinging out of the zone," Gardenhire said. "He was swinging a little crazy there. A young kid trying to do too much, trying to hit an eight-run ...