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Bullpen & Late Homers Lead Rays Over Twins

Posted By Steve Kinsella On July 8, 2013 @ 11:31 PM In Florida News,Insider Main,Legacy,main feature,MLB | No Comments

The Rays defeated the Minnesota Twins 7-4 for their 5th win in a row, 9 of the last 10, and 12 of the last 15 to improve to a season high 10-games over .500 at 50-40. The Twins are heading in the other direction and tonight’s loss was their 14th in the last 21 and their record stands at 37-50.

[1]Although he was credited with a quality start Roberto Hernandez [2] had to grind his way through 6 innings allowing 3R/ER on 8 hits striking out 3, walking 3, hitting a batter, and allowing a home run. Joe Maddon [3] described Hernandez’s outing as a “bend but don’t break kind of pitching performance.”

Entering tonight’s game Luke Scott [4] had hit .377 (20 for 53) over his last 17 games (13 starts) with 8 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs, and 10 RBI. Accordingly Joe Maddon moved him up to the #2 spot in the batting order and the move paid immediate dividends as Scott launched his 6th home run of the year to put the Rays on top 1-0.

Hernandez was staked to a 2-0 lead on a RBI single by Jose Molina [5] in the 2nd inning that scored Wil Myers [6] but allowed the Twins to cut the lead in half in the top of the 3rd on a Brian Dozier [7] RBI double.

The Twins took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 4th. They tied the game on a Justin Morneau [8] leadoff home run and took the lead on a RBI sacrifice fly by Chris Parmelee [9].

The Rays tied the game up at 3-3 on a 2-out RBI single by Evan Longoria [10] scoring Desmond Jennings [11] in the top of the 5th inning. Hernandez kept the Twins off the board for two more innings before departing the game after 6 innings.

Alex Torres [12] (3-0, 0.36 ERA) came  in and worked another scoreless inning. On the season he has now worked in 14 games and allowed 1 ER in 25 innings of work striking out 31 and walking 8.

The Rays bats came alive in the bottom of the 7th. Yunel Escobar [13] led off the inning with his 7th home run of the season to put the Rays on top 4-3. Desmond Jennings followed Escobar’s home run with a triple and came in to score on Ben Zobrist [14]‘s 6th home run on the year.

Joel Peralta [15] held the Twins off the board in the top of the 8th and the Rays tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the frame on a RBI sacrifice fly by Yunel Escobar that scored Wil Myers.

Jamey Wright [16] came in to work the 9th inning and got 1-out but was taken out after allowing a RBI single to Pedro Florimon [17] to score  Aaron Hicks [18] who had doubled. Hicks and Florimon were a pain in the Rays side all night going 6 for 8 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.

Fernando Rodney [19], who had been warming up in the bottom of the 8th, came in to work the final 2-outs to earn his 20th save on the year.

Sam Deduno [20] (4-4, 3.90) took the loss working 6 innings and allowing 5R/ER on 10 hits striking out 3 and walking 2.

The Rays will send Chris Archer [21] (2-3, 4.17 ERA) up against right hander Kyle Gibson [22] (1-1, 7.94 ERA) tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m.

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[2] Roberto Hernandez: http://www.baseball-reference.com/player_search.cgi?results=hernaro01,carmofa01&utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[3] Joe Maddon: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/maddojo99.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[4] Luke Scott: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/scottlu01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[5] Jose Molina: http://www.baseball-reference.com/player_search.cgi?results=molinjo01,molina002alb&utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[6] Wil Myers: http://www.baseball-reference.com/player_search.cgi?results=,myerswi01&utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[7] Brian Dozier: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/doziebr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[8] Justin Morneau: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/morneju01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[9] Chris Parmelee: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/parmech01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[10] Evan Longoria: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/longoev01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[11] Desmond Jennings: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jennide01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[12] Alex Torres: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/torreal01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[13] Yunel Escobar: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/escobyu01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[14] Ben Zobrist: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/z/zobribe01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[15] Joel Peralta: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/peraljo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[16] Jamey Wright: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/wrighja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[17] Pedro Florimon: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/floripe01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[18] Aaron Hicks: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hicksaa01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[19] Fernando Rodney: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rodnefe01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[20] Sam Deduno: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/dedunsa01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[21] Chris Archer: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/archech01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[22] Kyle Gibson: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gibsoky01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

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