Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Chris Archer combined with three Rays
relievers on a five-hit shutout, as Tampa Bay took a 3-0 triumph over the
Minnesota Twins on Friday in the opener of a three-game set at Target Field.
Archer (9-7), coming off consecutive rough outings, struck out seven and
scattered three hits over six stellar frames before Jake McGee and Joel
Peralta each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Fernando Rodney retired the Twins in order in the ninth to secure his 35th
save of the season.
Yunel Escobar finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored for
the Rays, who have won back-to-back games and hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the
Cleveland Indians for the final AL wild card spot.
Trevor Plouffe collected two of Minnesota's five hits, while starter Kevin
Correia (9-12) was charged for all three runs on eight hits over six-plus
innings for the Twins, who have lost three straight games.
Tampa Bay pushed a two-out run across in the second, as Wil Myers scorched a
line-drive shot to right that deflected off the glove of Clete Thomas,
allowing Myers to glide into second with a double.
Desmond Jennings ripped Correia's next offering into center field to score
Myers for a 1-0 lead.
Tampa Bay tacked on another two-out run in the third when Escobar laced a
leadoff double, moved to third on a fly out, and scored two batters later on
James Loney's single to right to make it 2-0.
Jose Molina and Escobar opened the seventh with consecutive doubles to push
Tampa Bay's lead to 3-0.
Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist recorded his 461st walk as a Ray to set a
new franchise record for career walks ... In 12 innings of work over two
starts against Minnesota this season, Archer has allowed just six hits and an
unearned run ... The Rays have won all five meetings with Minnesota this
season ... The Twins went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left
five men on base.
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