Dozier leads Twins over Rays

Minneapolis, MN ( - Brian Dozier homered and later drove in the decisive run in the Minnesota Twins' 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

Dozier, celebrating his 28th birthday, tied the game with a solo shot in the third inning, and followed Danny Santana's game-tying triple with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Phil Hughes (3-4) got the win after allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings, and Glen Perkins notched his 12th save.

The Rays got on the board first on David DeJesus' solo home run, but Jake Odorizzi (3-3) could not hold the lead. He was charged with three runs on eight hits in six-plus innings.

"The big thing is we stayed with the game," said Twins manager Paul Molitor. "Odorizzi was tough. He pitched out of a jam early, but we found a way."

Odorizzi has pitched into the seventh inning in all eight of his starts this season, but that may have been Tampa Bay's undoing. Aaron Hicks led off with a single, and Santana tripled him home to tie the game and end Odorizzi's outing. Kevin Jepsen relieved him, but Dozier lined his second pitch into center field to plate Santana.

"I pride myself in one-run games when we have the lead," said Odorizzi. "To give it up right there, it's really frustrating, to say the least."

In the ninth, the Rays were able to get the go-ahead run on base when Brandon Guyer and Asdrubal Cabrera hit back-to-back two-out singles, but Perkins induced a Joey Butler groundout to end the game.

After the first five Tampa Bay hitters of the game went down in order, DeJesus put the Rays up 1-0 with a towering home run to right field. Dozier answered with his fifth home run of the season to even the score.

Tampa Bay went back in front in the fifth inning. Kevin Kiermaier dropped a single in front of a tentative Eduardo Escobar in left field to plate Butler, who doubled.

Game Notes

Perkins recorded the 100th save of his career ... Tampa Bay has only scored 14 runs in Odorizzi's eight starts ... The Rays entered the game 15-1 when scoring first ... Rays manager Kevin Cash caught Hughes while both were with the Yankees in 2009, and Cash hit his last major league home run against Hughes while with Houston.