Minnesota Sports Briefs: Raptors deny Adleman 1,000th victory
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay poured in a game-high 26 points and DeMar DeRozan added 25 as the Toronto Raptors held on for a 95-93 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.
The Raptors trailed 90-89 with 2:35 left, but DeRozan's 3-point play at the 2:13 mark gave Toronto a two-point edge. Ricky Rubio then split a pair of free throws, and Gay buried a turnaround jumper to put the visitors up 94-91 with just over 1 1/2 minutes to go. Rubio bricked a trey, but Andrei Kirilenko stripped Gay and was quickly fouled. Kirilenko missed the first try, but knocked down the second to make it a two-point game with less than a minute remaining. Kyle Lowry missed a short jumper, but Landry Fields grabbed the rebound and the Raptors called a quick timeout. Gay dribbled the clock down to five seconds, but missed a tough turnaround. Dante Cunningham grabbed the rebound and quickly passed it to Rubio, who drove the length of the court before he was fouled attempting a layup with 1.7 seconds to play. Rubio knocked down the first free throw, but his second attempt rimmed out and the Wolves were forced to foul Amir Johnson with 0.1 seconds showing. Johnson made the first free throw to put Toronto ahead 95-93, but missed his second attempt. Nikola Pekovic led Minnesota with 24 points and eight rebounds and Kirilenko scored 20 in the setback.
Chris Davis hit a game-changing grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Baltimore Orioles battled back to down the Minnesota Twins, 9-5, on Friday in the team's home opener at Camden Yards.
Davis, who finished with two hits and five RBI, joined Major League Baseball history, becoming just the fourth player to have homered in four straight games to start the season. Also on that rare list is San Francisco's Willie Mays in (1971), St.Louis' Mark McGwire (1998) and Texas' Nelson Cruz (2011).
Adam Jones chipped in with a 3-for-5 effort with two RBI and three runs scored and Matt Wieters and Nick Markakis each had two hits for the Orioles. Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy added one hit and one RBI in the victory for Baltimore, which has won three of four to start the season.
Starter Jake Arrieta, who made his second straight home opener for the O's, tossed five innings and allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking two. Brian Dozier paced Minnesota with two hits, one run scored and three RBI, while Chris Parmelee and Eduardo Escobar drove in one run apiece in the setback. Minnesota reliever Casey Fien (0-1) got into some trouble in the eighth with the Twins up 5-4. After the first two batters of the inning reached on singles, Machado hit a fielders choice back to the mound, but the runners advanced to second and third which forced Fien to intentionally walk Markakis and load the bases. Jones then singled to left scoring one to tie the contest at 5-5.
Minnesota called upon reliever Tyler Robertson, but the lefty tossed a costly fast ball down the middle with his first pitch and Davis made him pay with a grand slam to the opposite field to put the O's in front 9-5.