Guzman, who went 3-for-6, slapped a 3-2 pitch from
(0-2) into the left-center field gap, scoring
, who had doubled one batter earlier.
The Twins completed a sweep of the three-game series and posted their seventh straight home win over the
. Minnesota swept a four-game series here last season.
"It's a long game, eventually someone is going to win," Guzman said. "We had the better luck today. It's good to go into Boston winning. You don't want to go in there with a loss."
With one in the ninth, Jones lifted what appeared to be an easy fly ball to left-center field. But rookie center fielder
and left fielder
let the ball drop in front of them and it bounced over the center field fence for a ground-rule double.
"Whether you're 21, 31, 41 or 11, if you're playing in the big leagues, certain balls have to be caught," Tampa Bay manager
said. "I'm not being hard, I'm being truthful. He (Baldelli) didn't pick up the ball. If you want to win ballgames, you have to pick those up."
Baldelli admitted he lost the ball off the bat.
"Sometimes when the ball comes back out of the lights, you see it, but I didn't find it," he said. "You think you have the game won and it comes back to bite you in the butt."
Tampa Bay jumped on
for four runs in the top of the first, but Minnesota scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth on
's sacrifice fly.
"After the first inning, I gave the guys a chance to win," Mays said. "And I don't think I started out that slow. This was a young team that likes to come out swinging. All that matters, though, is the outcome."
(1-0) tossed two scoreless innings to record the win, allowing only one hit.
Tampa Bay starter
, who allowed three runs - two earned - and five hits in five innings, was in line to get his first win since August 5.
could not close out the victory in the ninth, giving up the tying run for his second blown save of the season.
"I'm going to have to develop a sense of humor after these games," Piniella added. "We battled hard, made some great plays, but just couldn't get it done."
After Guzman grounded out,
, who had a solo homer in the fourth, singled and went to third on
's double. After
was walked intentionally to load the bases, Kielty lifted a sacrifice fly to center field. The
got out of the inning when Mohr was thrown out trying to advance to third, and Carter stayed in to blank the Twins in the 10th and 11th inning.
Mays, who was denied his first four-game winning streak since winning his final four starts in 2001, surrendered five runs and seven hits in six innings.
"You have to win the close games like this," Kielty said. "Good teams win close games. It gives us some rhythm now. It gives us a big jump for this road trip."