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Archer Leads, Rodney Finishes, Rays Defeat Twins 4-1

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Minnesota Twins by a final score of 4-1. It was the Rays 6th victory in a row, 1o of 11, and 13 of 16 to improve to a season high 11 games over .500 at 51-40. The Twins lost their 3rd game in a row and their record falls to 37-50 on the year.

[1]It was a quiet victory as the Rays scored all 4 of their runs in with 2-outs in the 4th inning. Kyle Gibson [2] (1-2, 7.27 ERA) walked both Desmond Jennings [3] and Luke Scott [4] but retired Ben Zobrist [5] and Evan Longoria [6] but jumped ahead of James Loney [7] 0-2 nearly striking him out on a check swing. Loney eventually worked Gibson for a walk to load the bases.  Matt  Joyce delivered a 2-RBI single and Kelly Johnson [8] followed with a 2-RBI double to give Chris Archer [9] a 4-0 cushion.

Chris Archer (3-3, 3.59 ERA) continues to impress in the center of the diamond as he worked 6 solid innings allowing 1 unearned run on 3 hits striking out 2 and walking 0.  Archer was pitch efficient only needing 84 pitches to navigate through 6 innings but after the game he credited his defense for his pitch efficiency saying, “biggest thing was the defense, they hit some balls pretty well, Kelly ( Johnson) went and got a few, we made a nice double play that helped me be more pitch efficient, Dez (Desmond Jennings) went and got a few, Loney (James) made a nice play in the 5th or 6th, so really it was my defense that was helping me be efficient.”

For the first time in his major league career Alex Torres [10] came in to work in a back-to-back games and retired the Twins in order in the 7th. Jake McGee [11] came in to work a scoreless 8th and turned the ball over to Fernando Rodney [12] to close the game.

The Twins made it interesting with back to back line drive singles to Joe Mauer [13] and Ryan Doumit [14] to bring the tying run to the plate. Rodney was up to the task striking out Justin Morneau [15], Trevor Plouffe [16], and Oswaldo Arcia [17] to pick up his 21st save on the season.