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Record: 65-61
2nd in American League Central
Tampa Bay Rays
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Record: 62-64
4th in American League East
Complete – March 25, 2016 – 1:05 PM ET – Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte, Florida – Attendance: 5,524 – Duration: 2 Hours, 19 Minutes
Umpires
 
First Base #51 Marvin Hudson
Homeplate #25 Fieldin Culbreth
Second Base #95 Tim Timmons
Third Base #52 Bill Welke
Starting Pitchers
Team Pitcher W L ERA
Away Ervin Santana 3 7 4.07
Home Drew Smyly 2 10 5.49
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POSplayerIPHRERBBKHRERA
SPErvin Santana (W)6.03000800.00
RPKevin Jepsen1.01110019.00
RPTrevor May1.01000000.00
RPDan Runzler1.02001100.00
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POSplayerIPHRERBBKHRERA
SPDrew Smyly (L)6.05551437.50
RPJhan Marinez1.02110019.00
RPTyler Sturdevant1.02000000.00
RPKyle McPherson1.00000000.00
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POSplayerABRHRBIBBKAVGOBPSLG
CFByron Buxton301100.333.250.333
1BJoe Mauer300000.000.000.000
3BHeiker Meneses100000.000.000.000
DHMiguel Sano210010.000.333.000
RFDarin Mastroianni1010001.0001.0001.000
3BTrevor Plouffe423300.750.7502.250
1BCarlos Quentin400001.000.000.000
LFEddie Rosario301002.333.333.333
LFOswaldo Arcia100000.000.000.000
3BEduardo Nunez300001.000.000.000
3BNiko Goodrum100000.000.000.000
CKurt Suzuki3332001.0001.0003.333
CJohn Hicks100000.000.000.000
CMitchell Garver000000.000.000.000
2BJames Beresford300000.000.000.000
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POSplayerABRHRBIBBKAVGOBPSLG
2BLogan Forsythe300001.000.000.000
SSJake Hager1010001.0001.0001.000
SSBrad Miller300002.000.000.000
SSJuniel Querecuto100000.000.000.000
3BEvan Longoria300002.000.000.000
CMayo Acosta1010001.0001.0001.000
DHCorey Dickerson401000.250.250.250
LFBrandon Guyer312100.667.6671.667
LFJaff Decker100001.000.000.000
1BJames Loney301000.333.333.333
1BCasey Gillaspie000010.0001.000.000
RFSteven Souza Jr.300001.000.000.000
CFCade Gotta100000.000.000.000
CFMikie Mahtook300001.000.000.000
CCurt Casali201001.500.5001.000
SSTaylor Motter100000.000.000.000
Struggling Rays defeat Twins to halt skid

MINNEAPOLIS — The Tampa Bay Rays got timely hitting from the bottom of the batting order, lifting them to a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Friday night.

The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Rays, who won for the first time since a 9-5 win over the New York Yankees last Saturday, and for just the second time in their last 10 games.

With the game tied at 2-2 and one out in the eighth inning, Tampa got back-to-back singles from Taylor Motter and Hank Conger, the eight and nine-hitters in the lineup, to kickstart a rally against Twins starter Ricky Nolasco. Conger advanced to third on a fielding error by right fielder Max Kepler.

Two batters later, after Nolasco got Brandon Guyer to pop out to shallow center, Brad Miller’s dribbler got through the hold between first and second, just past a diving Brian Dozier, to score the winning run.

The Twins got a double and a pair of walks against Rays closer Alex Colome in the eighth inning, but Kepler struck out on three pitches with the bases loaded.

Logan Morrison added a solo home run in the top of the ninth as insurance.

Erasmo Ramirez (7-4) earned the win, working one inning of scoreless relief after right-hander Jake Odorizzi departed following six innings and a quality start.

Nolasco (2-4) was charged with the loss after allowing three runs — two of them earned — on six hits in 7 2/3 innings, walking none and striking out seven.

Colome returned to work around a hit batter and a single in the ninth for his 13th save in as many tries.

Odorizzi was solid as well, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks in six innings, striking out six.

Evan Longoria’s first-inning homer off Nolasco was his 11th of the season and second in as many games against the Twins, giving the Rays an early 1-0 lead.

Odorizzi got through the first two innings unscathed, but allowed a leadoff triple to Byron Buxton in the bottom of the third. A one-out walk to Joe Mauer put runners on the corners and Twins manager Paul Molitor put Mauer in motion with Trevor Plouffe at the plate. Good thing he did; Plouffe grounded out to short, but Mauer reached second safely, allowing Buxton to scamper in from third for a 2-1 lead.

Steven Souza Jr. led off the top of the fifth with a double, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Mikie Mahtook.

NOTES: Rays INF Steve Pearce remained out of the starting lineup because of a sore left elbow. Pearce singled in the ninth inning as a pinch hitter on Thursday. … Twins OF Miguel Sano’s MRI on his sore hamstring didn’t reveal any significant damage. There is no timetable for Sano, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, to return to the lineup. … Twins RHP Kyle Gibson will make a rehab start for Triple-A Rochester on Sunday in Louisville. Gibson, who has been on the disabled list since late April with a right shoulder strain, was expected to return Thursday but had his start delayed because of a stiff back. … Tampa Bay and Minnesota will play the third game of a four-game series on Saturday afternoon at Target Field. Rays RHP Matt Andriese (3-0, 2.36 ERA) will oppose Twins RHP Ervin Santana (1-4, 4.13).

Struggling Rays defeat Twins to halt skid

MINNEAPOLIS — Mired in a five-game losing streak, the Tampa Bay Rays were craving a clutch hit from anyone in their lineup. With two outs in the eighth inning of a tie game against the Minnesota Twins on Friday, the Rays finally got what they needed.

Brad Miller’s RBI single punctuated a rally started by the bottom of the batting order in a 4-2 win at Target Field.

The win was Tampa Bay’s first since a 9-5 victory over the New York Yankees last Saturday, and was just its second in its last 10 games.

“We’ve been starving for that type of play,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash. “It was needed, I’m really happy we got it and I know that entire dugout was happy we got it.”

With the game tied at 2-2 and one out in the eighth inning, the Rays got back-to-back singles from Taylor Motter and Hank Conger, the eight and nine-hitters in the lineup, to kick-start a rally against Twins starter Ricky Nolasco. Conger advanced to third on a fielding error by right fielder Max Kepler.

Two batters later, after Nolasco got Brandon Guyer to pop out to shallow center, Miller’s dribbler got through the hole between first and second, just past a diving Brian Dozier, to score the winning run.

“We needed that win,” Miller said. “That was my fourth time against Nolasco and I was trying to get something. He had gotten me the previous three so I was just trying to battle and come up with a big hit. I’m glad I got it done.

“I don’t care what it was, just scoring that run … The biggest thing is, we need wins.”

The Twins got a double and a pair of walks against Rays closer Alex Colome in the eighth inning, but Kepler struck out on three pitches with the bases loaded.

Logan Morrison added a solo home run in the top of the ninth as insurance.

Erasmo Ramirez (7-4) earned the win, working one inning of scoreless relief after right-hander Jake Odorizzi departed following six innings and a quality start.

Nolasco (2-4) was charged with the loss after allowing three runs — two of them earned — on six hits in 7 2/3 innings, walking none and striking out seven.

“I had some good efficiency,” Nolasco said. “These guys came out hacking that first game yesterday so I was trying to use that to my advantage. I was able to make pitches for the most part.”

Colome worked around a hit batter and a single in the ninth for his 13th saves in as many tries.

Odorizzi was solid as well, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks in six innings, striking out six.

“I did what I had to do,” Odorizzi said. “I wouldn’t say it was my best stuff by any means but to hold them to two runs is good. It really showed that I was on my game.”

Evan Longoria’s first-inning homer off Nolasco was his 11th of the season and second in as many games against the Twins, giving the Rays an early 1-0 lead.

Odorizzi got through the first two innings unscathed, but allowed a leadoff triple to Byron Buxton in the bottom of the third. A one-out walk to Joe Mauer put runners on the corners and Twins manager Paul Molitor put Mauer in motion with Brian Dozier at the plate. Good thing he did; Dozier grounded out to short, but Mauer reached second safely, allowing Buxton to scamper in from third and tie the game at 1-1.

Buxton has a hit in five-straight games and is hitting .300 with two doubles and a triple during that stretch.

“There was not much doubt that he was going to be headed for three there,” Molitor said. “He’s doing okay here. He’s fighting. I thought he had a good night.”

Trevor Plouffe backed up Dozier with an RBI single, driving in Mauer for a 2-1 lead.

Steven Souza Jr. led off the top of the fifth with a double, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Mikie Mahtook to make it a 2-2 game.

NOTES: Rays INF Steve Pearce remained out of the starting lineup because of a sore left elbow. Pearce singled in the ninth inning as a pinch hitter on Thursday. … Twins OF Miguel Sano’s MRI revealed a moderate strain of his left hamstring. There is no timetable for Sano, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, to return to the lineup. … Twins RHP Kyle Gibson will make a rehab start for Triple-A Rochester on Sunday in Louisville. Gibson, who has been on the disabled list since late April with a right shoulder strain, was expected to return Thursday but had his start delayed because of a stiff back. … Tampa Bay and Minnesota will play the third game of a four-game series on Saturday afternoon at Target Field. Rays RHP Matt Andriese (3-0, 2.36 ERA) will oppose Twins RHP Ervin Santana (1-4, 4.13).

Rays belt four home runs in victory

MINNEAPOLIS — The Tampa Bay Rays recorded four home runs among their 11 hits in a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday at Target Field.

Hank Conger, Steven Souza Jr. and Evan Longoria went deep before a 70-minute rain delay and Logan Morrison after as the Rays rallied from a pair of early deficits to win their second straight game.

For Longoria, his solo shot in the fifth inning was his third homer in as many games — the first time he’s homered in three consecutive contests since August 2013.

Rays right-hander Matt Andriese (4-0) got the win, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits, walking none and striking out five before the rain delay ended his day.

Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome got the final out in the ninth for his 14th save.

Twins right-hander Ervin Santana (1-5) took the loss, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out four, but allowed three homers and had two wild pitches.

Minnesota (16-39) has lost five of its last six games.

Eduardo Nunez and Joe Mauer got the Twins going early, leading off with back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners for Brian Dozier. His swinging bunt scored Nunez for a 1-0 lead.

Conger got the Rays on the board in the third, hitting the first pitch he saw from Santana over the fence in right for his second homer. It was Tampa Bay’s first hit.

Minnesota took advantage of an error and Conger’s defensive short-comings in the bottom of the inning. Byron Buxton reached on shortstop Brad Miller’s eighth error of the season then stole second. Nunez moved Buxton to third on a bunt single and the latter scored on Mauer’s sacrifice fly to left.

Nunez then swiped second and scored on Dozier’s double the opposite way for a 3-1 advantage.

The lead was short-lived as Souza’s three-run blast with two outs in the fourth travelled 405 feet into the second deck in left field and put Tampa Bay back on top 4-3.

The Twins threatened off Andriese in the fourth, loading the bases with one out after three straight singles by the bottom three hitters in the lineup. Andriese, though, got Nunez to roll one over to short, starting a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.

Longoria crushed a Santana fastball into the second deck in left for his 12th homer in the fifth for a 5-3 lead.

Morrison belted a two-run blast off the batter’s eye in center field in the seventh inning to extend Tampa Bay’s lead to 7-3.

The Twins got a two-out single from Buxton and a walk from Nunez in the ninth to draw Colome from the bullpen, who surrendered an RBI single to Mauer, but got Dozier to strike out to end the game.

NOTES: Rays INF Steve Pearce returned to the starting lineup after resting his sore left elbow for three games. Pearce batted fourth and went 1-for-4 as the designated hitter. … Rays RF Brandon Guyer got the day off. Guyer is hitting .103 with three hits in 29 at-bats in seven games since May 28. … Twins LHP Glen Perkins threw a bullpen session Saturday and said it went well. Perkins is expected to throw two more bullpen sessions next week, on Tuesday and Friday, before going out on a rehab assignment. Perkins, who has pitched in only two games this season, was placed on the disabled on April 13 because of a sore left shoulder. … Tampa Bay and Minnesota will conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Target Field. The Rays send left-hander Drew Smyly (2-7, 4.77 ERA) to the mound against Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey (2-4, 4.57 ERA).

Longoria, Morrison belt two HRs each in Rays’ 7-5 win

MINNEAPOLIS — The Tampa Bay Rays took aim at struggling Minnesota Twins pitchers. On Sunday, they also took aim at the team record book.

The Rays belted four more home runs — two apiece from Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison — in a 7-5 come-from-behind win on Sunday afternoon at Target Field.

The day capped a massive weekend for both players. Longoria hit at least one homer in all four games against the Twins and had five during the weekend, establishing a franchise record for home runs in a series.

Morrison wasn’t far behind, hitting at least one in each of the last three games and four overall.

Tampa Bay’s 11 home runs as a team in a series also set a franchise mark.

“I mean both those guys, gosh, they’re on fire,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash. “Just shows when you get two really good really good hitters on fire, they can carry a big load for you offensively and they’re doing that.”

Longoria has hit safely in nine straight games and in 21 of the last 24 overall, slashing .344 with eight doubles, eight homers and 17 RBIs during that span.

“I altered my swing a little bit. I’ve widened out a little bit and it’s really, I think, just enabled me to see the ball better,” Longoria said. “It’s kind of one of those moments where you realize that sometimes what you did early on in your career doesn’t always work the whole time.

“It was a change that took place gradually, but now I feel like I’m in a really good spot. I’m just seeing the ball well and allowing myself to get into hitter’s counts and taking advantage of those counts.”

Minnesota hit three homers of its own, getting back-to-back solo shots from Byung Ho Park and Robbie Grossman in the third inning and a solo blast from Eduardo Nunez that tied the score at 5 in the bottom of the eighth.

The Rays scored two runs against Twins closer Kevin Jepsen to break the tie in the ninth, getting a leadoff double by Steven Souza Jr., who advanced to third on a fielding error. Jepsen sandwiched two walks around a strikeout before Brad Miller’s sacrifice fly to left scored Souza. Longoria followed with an RBI single to give the Rays a two-run cushion.

“I know where I need to get to,” Jepsen said. “Stuff-wise, it’s coming, the velocity’s coming. Mechanically, getting out there, I feel great as far as stuff’s going. Now it’s just putting it together.”

Jepsen was charged with the loss, allowing two runs, two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. Jepsen is 2-5 this year and saw his ERA jump to 6.26.

“He’s a 95 mile-an-hour fastball guy but he needs that curve ball and changeup,” Molitor said of Jepsen. “They haven’t been there for him, at least reliably. He’s trying to find that release point. I think that’s probably the biggest thing, is that he has to rely on the fastball more than you would think for him to be able to get some big outs late.”

Neither starter figured into the final decision. Tampa Bay left-hander Drew Smyly gave up four runs, seven hits and three walks in five innings, striking out seven.

Minnesota’s Tyler Duffey also gave up four runs and seven hits, walking two and striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings.

“Stuff felt good, I just wasn’t locating it well,” Duffey said. “Morrison and [Longoria], they’re just hot. If you throw it over the plate, they’re hitting it hard.”

Xavier Cedeno got the win, giving up one run in an inning of relief and closer Alex Colome worked a spotless ninth for his 15th save this season.

Tampa Bay, which had lost seven of eight entering the weekend, lost in Thursday’s series opener but responded with wins in the final three.

Minnesota has lost six of seven since sweeping the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field last weekend.

The Twins got on the board in the first inning when Nunez singled, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Joe Mauer.

Morrison’s first home run of the day cleared the right-field wall in the top of the second before the Twins posted a three-spot in the bottom of the third to take a 4-1 lead. Park and Grossman started the inning with homers and Byron Buxton’s RBI triple gave the Twins a three-run lead.

Morrison hit a two-run blast in the fourth before Longoria hit solo homers in the sixth and eighth to give the Rays their first lead of the day at 5-4.

“It’s fun. Any chance they get up, they’re going to do some type of damage,” Souza said. “You know that the other team is seeing it. It’s great that both of them are hot right now because [Morrison] is protecting [Longoria] and [Longoria is] driving in some runs. The rest of the lineup’s picking up the dirty work, as well. It’s just fun all the way around.”

NOTES: Rays OF Brandon Guyer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. Guyer, who is hitting .271 with six homers and 14 RBIs in 40 games this season, said he hopes to be back as soon as his 15 days are up. … The Rays recalled INF Nick Franklin from Triple-A Durham to take Guyer’s spot on the 25-man roster. Franklin hit .158 in 44 games with Tampa Bay last season and is a career .203 hitter in 174 major league games with the Rays and Seattle Mariners. He was hitting .258 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 51 games with Durham this season. … Twins OF Darin Mastroianni is swinging a bat and progressing from the strained oblique that put him on the disabled list on May 25. … The Rays continue their road trip on Monday when they open a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Rays RHP Chris Archer (3-7, 4.75 ERA) will oppose Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray (2-4, 4.74 ERA). … Minnesota will continue its homestand Tuesday against the Miami Marlins. LHP Adam Conley (3-3, 3.72 ERA) will go against Twins LHP Pat Dean (1-2, 4.15 ERA).


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