Rays Continue Wild Card Dance, Look To Sweep Twins

Odorizzi Impressive, No-Hits Twins For 6 1/3

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Tuesday night. Jake Odorizzi (8-7, 4.58) picks up the win and Alex Colome picked up his 42nd save.

The win improves the Rays back to .500 at 70-70. It was their 10th win in the last 15 games to crawl to within 2 1/2 games of the Los Angeles Angels for the second wild card.

Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.94 ERA) takes the loss for the Twins who fall to 71-67 and drop behind the Los Angels Angels by 1/2 game in the wild card race.

Lucas Duda hit a solo homer, his 10th as a Ray and 27th overall, to give the Rays a 1-0 lead in the fourth. He later delivered a rare hit that didn’t leave the park, doubling in Evan Longoria in the sixth with the Rays second run.

The ‘pen held the lead to the ninth. Robbie Grossman delivered a homer off Alex Colome that landed in the Rays tank. Colome worked himself into further trouble as the Twins put runners on the corner with one out. Fortunately for Colome and the Rays, the defense was shifted and the ball was hit right to Adeiny Hechavarria. Hech, stepped on second and made a strong throw to first to complete the double play and end the game.

Odorizzi On Performance:

Jake Odorizzi had a no-hit bid through 6 1/3 innings, broken up by Joe Mauer‘s single off second base. It was the longest no-hit bid of his career. The longest by a Ray since May 29, 2016 versus the Yankees.  The effort surpassed Alex Cobb for the longest by a Rays pitcher this season. Cobb had a no-hitter through t6-innings on June 27 at Pittsburgh.

Up Next For Rays:

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Blake Snell (3-6, 4.02 ERA)  will take the mound for the Tampa Bay who are looking to sweep the Twins and continue their playoff push. The Twins turn to Aaron Slegers (0-0, 2.84 ERA) will make his second career start.

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