The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Minnesota Twins by a final score of 3-0 as Chris Archer and a trio of relievers combine for the Rays 14th team shutout.
The Playoff Picture:
The Rays pull within 1 game of the top wild card spot as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Texas Rangers by a final score of 9-8.
The Rays maintain a 1.5 game lead over the Cleveland Indians who defeated the Chicago White Sox 3-1. The New York Yankees were defeated by the Boston Red Sox 8-4 and fell 2 games behind. The Kansas City Royals fell to 3.5 games behind after losing to the Detroit Tigers 6-3.
Chris Archer started and delivered 6 shutout innings allowing only 3 hits striking out 7 and walking none. It was a positive outing for Archer who had struggled in his previous two September outings only lasting 3.2 innings against the Angels allowing 5 runs and 4 innings against the Mariners allowing 3 runs (2 earned). The victory improves his record to 9-7 and his ERA drops to 3.03 ERA.
The Rays jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning plating a run against Twins starter Kevin Correia (9-12, 4.31 ERA). With 2-out Wil Myers doubled and Desmond Jennings followed with an RBI single. They increased their lead to 2-0 in the 3rd inning on a 2-out RBI single by James Loney to plate Yunel Escobar who had doubled. They added an insurance run in the top of the 7th on back to back doubles by Jose Molina and Yunel Escobar.
The Rays had an opportunity to do a lot more damage in the 7th inning but a pair of botched base running plays squashed the rally. With Yunel Escobar at 3rd and David DeJesus at 1st Ben Zobrist attempted the safety squeeze but popped the ball up. First basemen Chris Parmelee charged in to snare the pop up and easily threw back to 3rd to nail Yunel Escobar who charged home as if it were a suicide squeeze. With 2-outs in the inning David DeJesus was picked off to end the inning.
The Rays will take on the Twins tomorrow at 7:10 as Matt Moore (15-3, 3.18 ERA) takes on Twins left hander Andrew Albers (2-2, 3.35 ERA). Originally there was no television broadcast of the game in the Tampa Bay market but the MLB Network will broadcast the Twins feed and it will not be blacked out in teh Tampa Bay market.