Glen Perkins picked up his fourth save with a perfect 12th inning as the Twins defeated the Rays 6-4 on Wednesday.
Perkins had no issue getting through the Rays' 4-5-6 hitters, getting a weak fly ball, a ground ball, and a strike out for his fourth save. He has a 4.00 ERA on the season, but hasn't allowed a run in his last six appearances.
Josh Lueke allowed two runs in two innings of relief work, taking the loss as the Rays lost to the Twins in 12 innings on Wednesday.
Lueke put runners on second and third with no outs in the 12th inning before serving up a two-run single to Chris Colabello to break a 4-4 tie. Lueke's peripherals have been decent -- nine strikeouts and one unintentional walk -- but he's also allowed runs in five of his 10 appearances.
Jake Odorizzi turned in his third consecutive mediocre start, allowing four runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Twins on Wednesday in a no-decision.
Odorizzi allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out five. His big mistake came in the fourth inning when Chris Colabello hit a two-run home run, part of a four-run fourth inning. Odorizzi has a 6.52 ERA over four starts and will look to get back on track against the White Sox next.
Mike Pelfrey allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings and took the no-decision as the Twins defeated the Rays in 12 innings on Wednesday.
Pelfrey took the mound in the sixth inning but was removed after allowing a single and hitting a batter. Overall, Pelfrey allowed six hits, walked three, and struck out one. The right-hander has not been reliable for the Twins over four starts, as he has a 7.32 ERA with a 8/15 K/BB ratio. He'll have a tough match-up in the Dodgers in his next start.
Joe Mauer remained lukewarm at the plate, going 1-for-4 with two walks in Wednesday's extra-inning win over the Rays.
Mauer moved from catcher to first base over the off-season, but in doing so, he has to be more productive with the bat. He's yet to catch fire, slashing .256/.365/.317 in 96 plate appearances. Mauer slugged .476 last season, so the potential is certainly still there.
Desmond Jennings was a big part of the Rays' offense on Wednesday, going 3-for-5 with a walk and two stolen bases in Wednesday's loss to the Twins.
Jennings has now stolen three bases in as many attempts and boosted his average up to .302 with Wednesday's effort. The groin discomfort he has been dealing with didn't seem to be an impediment.
Jon Niese recorded his first win of the year by holding the Cardinals to one run in 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday.
Niese hasn't had a bad start yet, but he ended the night with an 0-2 record anyway. He finally got on the board in this one, thanks to an uncharacteristic fourth inning from Michael Wacha. Niese ended up allowing six hits, walking two and striking out three. It looks like he'll be a pretty solid mixed-league starter if his arm holds up.
Chris Colabello went 2-for-6 with a home run and four runs batted in as the Twins beat the Rays in 12 innings on Wednesday.
Colabello had a big game, driving a two-run home run off of Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning, and breaking a 4-4 tie in the top of the 12th with a two-run single off of Josh Lueke. Colabello, who rejected an offer to play in Korea during the off-season, has had a remarkable start to the season, currently leading the American League with 26 RBI.