Park's grand slam highlights Twins' win over Rays

March 6th, 2016
Byung Ho Park hit a grand slam off Jake Odorizzi on Sunday in the first inning, his first Twins home run. (AP)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Korean slugger Byung Ho Park connected on a grand slam in the first inning to lead the Twins to a 5-4 win over the Rays on Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park.

Park, who joined the Twins on a four-year, $12 million deal after they submitted a winning posting fee of $12.85 million, crushed a 1-1 fastball from Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi for his first homer of the spring. Park, though, said hitting his first homer wasn't something that was weighing on him in just his fourth game of the spring.

• Park hits grand slam for first spring home run

"It wasn't really on my mind," Park said through translator J.D. Kim. "These are just exhibition games so I'm just out there to give 100 percent. Trying to get things to fall into place for the regular season."

The four runs were unearned, however, as the homer came after an error from shortstop Tim Beckham with two outs. Odorizzi went 1 1/3 innings, allowing four unearned runs on one hit and three walks while striking out two.

"The margin of error in Major League Baseball is very small, but from my standpoint I made a pitch to get out of the inning," Odorizzi said. "That's all I can do. That's the positive out of it. It's unfortunate what happened, but after the error was committed I'd walked enough people, so I was just throwing all fastballs [to Park]."

Right-hander Kyle Gibson made his first start of the spring for the Twins and tossed two scoreless innings. The sinkerballer was efficient, as he threw 27 pitches and allowed two hits.

"I wanted to throw more curveballs and sliders, and I did that," Gibson said. "I wanted to move the fastball around and not walk guys. So other than that, it was pretty simple."

Closer Glen Perkins threw for the Twins, allowing one unearned run in the third inning. Desmond Jennings brought home the run with a sacrifice fly to score Jaff Decker, who reached on an error from shortstop Eduardo Escobar.

Rays closer Brad Boxberger also saw action, throwing a scoreless fifth inning. He struck out one and allowed one hit.

The Rays made it close in the ninth, scoring three runs against lefty reliever Aaron Thompson. Right-hander Jake Reed came in and got the final out, as he was helped by a running catch in left field from Darin Mastroianni to end the game.

Up next for the Twins: Right-hander Phil Hughes is set to make his second start of the spring on Monday, when the Twins travel to Sarasota to face the Orioles at 12:05 p.m. CT. Hughes tossed two scoreless innings his last time out and is expected to throw roughly 50 pitches. Fellow right-hander Trevor May, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, is also set to pitch for the Twins.

Up next for the Rays:Matt Moore will make his Spring Training debut when the Rays travel to Fort Myers to face the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. ET on Monday. The starting pitcher posted a 5.43 ERA in an injury-shortened 2015 season, but encouraged Tampa Bay with a 2.84 ERA in his last five starts of the year.