Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 3

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, August 12, 2012 2:10 PM
Location - Target Field
Temperature - 68°
Umpires - Home Plate - Tim McClelland, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Jordan Baker,
Attendance - 35327

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Tampa Bay 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 7 12 3
Minnesota 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 62-52 32-27 30-25 W6
Minnesota 49-65 23-35 26-30 L4

Recap


Rays 7, Twins 3 (10):
Jeff Keppinger homered, doubled and drove in the tiebreaking run with a groundout in the 10th inning as visiting Tampa Bay won its sixth straight game.

Ryan Roberts had three hits, including a two-run single in the 10th, and Desmond Jennings homered for Tampa Bay, which has won 13 of its last 18 contests and leads the American League wild-card race.

Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer and Joe Mauer had an RBI single for Minnesota.

After Jennings singled against Alex Burnett (4-3) and stole second to start the 10th inning, B.J. Upton walked. Ben Zobrist sacrificed the runners to second and third before Evan Longoria was walked intentionally. Keppinger followed with a slow chopper to shortstop Brian Dozier, whose only play was to first base.

After Tyler Robertson hit Carlos Pena with a pitch, Roberts greeted Casey Fien with a single under a diving Morneau's glove and pinch hitter Matt Joyce added an RBI double to make it 7-3.

Kyle Farnsworth (1-3) pitched a scoreless ninth inning before J.P. Howell allowed a run in the 10th, snapping his scoreless string at 22 2/3 innings. Fernando Rodney came on to get the final out for his 36th save in 37 chances.

James Shields, who had won his last two starts, allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits in seven innings. Twins rookie Scott Diamond recorded his team-leading 13th quality start in his first appearance against the Rays. He allowed three runs, eight hits and struck out six in seven innings.

Jennings led off the game with a homer before Morneau tied it in the second.

Mauer gave Minnesota a 3-2 lead in the third inning with a two-out single to left-center field to score Denard Span, who doubled with one out.

The Rays tied it in the fifth when Roberts and Sean Rodriguez hit back-to-back doubles.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Span left the game in the seventh inning with an apparent shoulder injury after trying to make a diving catch on Keppinger's double in the sixth. ... Mauer has 1,219 career hits and passed Torii Hunter for seventh on the Twins' all-time hits list. ... Morneau improved to 10-for-29 with two homers against Shields; Mauer is 11-for-28. ... Diamond saved a run to end the third inning by snaring Ben Zobrist's line drive, which would have went into center field and likely drove in Upton. ... Tampa Bay scored 13 of its 23 runs in the series in the first and second innings. ... Keppinger's error on Josh Willingham's grounder - one batter before Morneau's homer - ended Tampa Bay's 10-game errorless streak, which matched a club record. Tampa committed three errors.  ... The Rays won the season series 5-1. ... Jennings was 6-for-12 in the series. ... Tampa Bay is 79-43 in August since 2008.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Tampa Bay   Minnesota
James Shields Player Scott Diamond
No Decision W/L No Decision
7.0 IP 7.0
2 Strikeouts 6
5 Hits 8
2.57 ERA 3.86
Hitting
Tampa Bay   Minnesota
Ryan Roberts Player Justin Morneau
3 Hits 2
2 RBI 2
0 HR 1
4 TB 5
.750 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Tampa Bay 12 2 23 .333 13 8 7 5 2 3
Minnesota 7 1 12 .184 22 4 3 4 2 0

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Twins have a W/L % of .449 after a win and .415 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Seattle. The Rays have a W/L % of .565 after a win and .519 after a loss.