Liriano dominant before Twins edged late

Liriano dominant before Twins edged late

Liriano dominant before Twins edged late
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano tossed three scoreless innings, but the Rays scored a late run on an error in the ninth inning in a 1-0 win over the Twins on Thursday at Hammond Stadium.

With a runner at second base and two outs in the ninth, Twins second baseman Luke Hughes fielded a soft grounder from Tim Beckham, but couldn't complete the play, as his throw to first was offline. It was Hughes' first start in the field because he's been out with a strained right shoulder.

Liriano, meanwhile, allowed one hit and struck out five batters while facing the minimum in his second Grapefruit League start.

"I was locating my pitches better than the last time," said Liriano, who has not allowed a run over five innings so far this spring. "I didn't get too deep in the counts. That's what I wanted."

Rays right-hander Chris Archer threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and walking two. Left-hander Jake McGee threw a scoreless inning, while right-hander Bryan Augenstein tossed three scoreless frames.

Liam Hendriks, Scott Diamond, Daryl Thompson, Jeff Manship and Brendan Wise each threw a scoreless inning for the Twins.

Twins center fielder Denard Span went 1-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases, but Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau combined to go 0-for-5.

Rays left fielder Desmond Jennings paced Tampa Bay with two hits, but was caught stealing in the first inning.

Up next for the Twins: Right-hander Jason Marquis will start against the Cardinals on Friday at Hammond Stadium. It marks his second start of Grapefruit League play, as he allowed four runs on three hits over 1 2/3 innings against the Red Sox on Monday. Right-hander Adam Wainwright, who missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, will start for the Cardinals for the first time since Sept. 24, 2010.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.