Mays was 3-3 with a 5.83 ERA before ripping off four straight wins from May 17 to June 3. The right-hander took the hill in San Diego on Sunday, yielding two runs and eight hits over six solid frames. However, the Twins lost 9-4, leaving Mays without a win for the first time since a 3-2 setback to Kansas City on May 12.
“I thought I threw the ball well,” Mays said. “It looked like they were sitting on the changeup, so we kind of put it in the back pocket and started spinning the ball more. All in all I felt good, but I made some mistakes. That’s been my way this season.”
Minnesota has won three straight at home after dropping five in a row at the Metrodome.
Junior Spivey’s sacrifice fly provided the lone run for the Diamondbacks, who had won three of four.
Arizona is 1-2 on its eight-game road trip.
STANDINGS (through June 12): Diamondbacks - 4th place, 10 GB, NL West. Twins - 1st place, AL Central.
DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Miguel Batista (3-3, 2.87 ERA). Batista has not pitched since tossing 2 2-3 innings of scoreless relief in the Diamondbacks’ 6-3 loss to Cleveland on June 6. The right-hander had been brilliant in his previous start, surrendering just one run and five hits over eight innings in Arizona’s 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on June 3. Batista did not receive a decision in that contest, leaving him winless in three starts since winning back-to-back outings from May 5-11. He is facing Minnesota for the first time.
TWINS PROBABLE STARTER: Mays (7-3, 5.21 ERA). Mays is 2-2 with a 4.73 ERA in five home starts this season.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Diamondbacks - Luis Gonzalez, .302 avg., 13 HRs, 41 RBIs and 41 runs; Craig Counsell and Tony Womack, 5 SBs. Twins - Jacque Jones, .311 avg. and 40 runs; Hunter, 9 HRs; A.J. Pierzynski, 41 RBIs; Jones and Corey Koskie, 6 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Diamondbacks - 5-4. Twins - 7-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Diamondbacks - Arizona is 1-29 when trailing after eight innings this year. … On Friday, RHP Scott Service was designated for assignment and replaced by RHP Mike Koplove, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list after sitting out since May 28 with tendinitis in his right shoulder. … OF David Dellucci, on the 15-day DL with a concussion, is taking batting practice. Twins - Rookie INF Justin Morneau is batting .545 (6-for-11) during his first week in the majors. … LHP Eddie Guardado has converted 19 of 20 save chances this season. … RHP Rick Reed, who is on the DL with an injured back, is expected to return to the rotation on Wednesday at Kansas City.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Diamondbacks - 13-17 on the road; Twins - 18-15 at home.
INJURIES: Diamondbacks - OF Dellucci (concussion), 15-day DL; LHP Randy Johnson (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Mantei (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Curt Schilling (hand), 15-day DL; RHP Bret Prinz (groin), 60-day DL; INF Counsell (thumb), 60-day DL. Twins - INF Chris Gomez (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Reed (back), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Fetters (hamstring), 60-day DL; LHP Eric Milton (knee), 60-day DL.