MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trea Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers broke open a tie game with a six-run eighth inning, then waited out the rain to take a 7-2 victory Tuesday night in their series opener against the Minnesota Twins.
Turner, who made an error earlier that led to Minnesota’s tying run, hit an RBI single that gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. His line drive went under the glove of Twins third baseman Luis Arraez, who was unable to turn a potential double play.
Justin Turner followed two batters later with another RBI single, and Will Smith doubled in two runs to give Los Angeles a 5-1 cushion.
Justin Turner scored on an error by Arraez, and Gavin Lux added a run-scoring single.
Both teams then sat through an 88-minute rain delay that halted play in the bottom of the eighth with the Dodgers ahead 7-1. Play resumed at 11:31 p.m. with only a few dozen fans in the stands.
“I can only say so much because I was in the dugout with a heated vest on, but it was brutal. Cold, wet, wind swirling,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Just to get out of it knowing you have a game in less than 12 hours, to come away with a win I think was a huge boost for us.”
With the Dodgers only in town for a two-game series, both teams seemed determined to get Tuesday’s game in, even if it meant finishing up after midnight.
“To be honest, it made sense to actually just finish the game if we could finish the game,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “I don’t think anyone was super pumped about being here at this time of the morning but I think when we can finish a ballgame, we finish it.”
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