Tampa Bay 4, Minnesota 2

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, August 11, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Target Field
Temperature - 77°
Umpires - Home Plate - Jordan Baker, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Marvin Hudson,
Attendance - 39512

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Tampa Bay 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 11 0
Minnesota 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 61-52 32-27 29-25 W5
Minnesota 49-64 23-34 26-30 L3

Recap


Rays 4, Twins 2:
David Price won his seventh straight decision with seven strong innings and B.J. Upton hit two homers as visiting Tampa Bay posted its fifth straight victory.

Price (15-4), who joined the Angels' Jered Weaver and the Mets' R.A. Dickey as 15-game winners in the majors, hasn't lost in 10 starts. He allowed two runs, seven hits and struck out five, the 10th straight time he's pitched seven or more innings. Price also became the first pitcher in Rays history to win 15 games in two seasons.

Matt Joyce added a solo homer - back-to-back with Upton in the first - and Ben Zobrist had three hits for the Rays, who lead the American League wild card race with Oakland, one-half game ahead of Baltimore and Detroit.

Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect ninth inning for his major league-leading 35th save in 36 chances.

Brian Dozier homered for the Twins, who dropped to 23-34 at Target Field - the third-worst home record in the majors.

Nick Blackburn (4-8) fell to 0-4 in his last seven outings. He allowed four runs and 11 hits in six innings.

Desmond Jennings led off the game with a single to center and Upton homered to left-center two pitches later. Joyce, who is 6-for-15 with three homers and six RBIs in four games against the Twins this season, followed with a blast to right.

The Twins had a chance to do damage in the second inning when they put runners on first and third with none out. Darin Mastroianni delivered an RBI infield hit to make it 3-1, but Price got Dozier to ground into a 1-6-3 double play and retired Drew Butera on a pop out.

Upton delivered a two-out solo shot to left-center to put Tampa Bay ahead 4-1 in the fifth before Dozier answered in the bottom half.

Minnesota had two on with one out in the seventh before Price struck out Dozier and pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit looking.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Tampa Bay tied a club record with its 10th straight errorless game. ... Minnesota's Joe Mauer is 2-for-14 against Price. ... Upton is 8-for-16 with two homers and six RBIs against Blackburn. ... The Rays remained six games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East. ... Rays SS Elliot Johnson, a defensive replacement, took a base hit away from Mauer leading off the ninth inning.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Tampa Bay   Minnesota
David Price Player Nick Blackburn
Win W/L Loss
7.0 IP 6.0
5 Strikeouts 2
7 Hits 11
2.57 ERA 6.00
Hitting
Tampa Bay   Minnesota
Ben Zobrist Player Darin Mastroianni
3 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
4 TB 2
.750 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Tampa Bay 11 3 21 .314 13 6 4 1 2 0
Minnesota 7 1 10 .219 8 6 2 0 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Twins have a W/L % of .449 after a win and .422 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Rays have a W/L % of .557 after a win and .519 after a loss.