Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 4

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, July 4, 2010 2:10 PM
Location - Target Field
Temperature - 80°
Umpires - Home Plate - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Tim Timmons,
Attendance - 40328

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Tampa Bay 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 7 13 0
Minnesota 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 10 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 48-33 20-19 28-14 W2
Minnesota 44-38 26-17 18-21 L2

Recap

Gabe Kapler's two-run single capped a five-run seventh inning as the Tampa Bay Rays held on for a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

Tampa extended its 2-1 lead in the seventh when a throwing error by Twins starter Nick Blackburn brought home Carlos Pena. Even Longoria doubled home a pair of runs to make it 5-1 and Kapler followed with a double into the center-field gap to put the game out of reach.

Minnesota answered in the bottom of the inning by closing to within three runs on a Jim Thome two-run single and a RBI hit by Delmon Young, but Rays reliever Grant Balfour escaped further damage.

The Twins didn't challenge the rest of the way as they dropped three of four to visiting Tampa.

James Shields (7-8) struggled in the seventh but was otherwise solid as he earned his first victory in a starting role since May 20. He allowed four runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out two.

Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 21st save.

Blackburn (7-6) was saddled with the loss after giving up seven runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Tampa Bay   Minnesota
James Shields Player Nick Blackburn
Win W/L Loss
6.0 IP 6.1
2 Strikeouts 3
8 Hits 9
6.00 ERA 5.68
Hitting
Tampa Bay   Minnesota
Sean Rodriguez Player Justin Morneau
3 Hits 2
1 RBI 1
1 HR 0
6 TB 3
.600 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Tampa Bay 13 1 20 .342 20 6 6 2 0 0
Minnesota 10 0 12 .286 11 4 4 1 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Twins have a W/L % of .511 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Boston. The Rays have a W/L % of .604 after a win and .576 after a loss.
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