Keppinger, Rays break loose in 10th, beat TwinsMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jeff Keppinger homered and doubled, then drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 Sunday for their sixth straight win.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jeff Keppinger homered and doubled, then drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 Sunday for their sixth straight win.
Ryan Roberts had three hits, including a two-run single in the 10th. Pinch hitter Matt Joyce capped the burst with an RBI double as Tampa Bay matched its longest winning streak of the season.
Kyle Farnsworth (1-3) worked around a one-out single in the ninth to earn his first win since last Aug. 21. Fernando Rodney retired the only batter he faced for his league-leading 36th save in 37 attempts.
Alex Burnett (4-4) took the loss in Minnesota's fifth defeat in a row.
Desmond Jennings opened the 10th with a single and the Rays loaded the bases with one out. Keppinger put them ahead with his grounder.
Jennings hit his third career leadoff homer to start the game, giving the Rays at least one first-inning run in all three games of the series at Target Field.
Roberts and Rodriguez hit consecutive doubles to lead off the fifth. Twins starter Scott Diamond limited the damage, inducing his third double play when B.J. Upton hit a grounder.
An error by Keppinger at third base set up Justin Morneau's two-run homer in the second. The miscue snapped the Rays' franchise-high tying 10-game errorless streak. Tampa Bay committed three errors in the game.
Denard Span doubled in the Twins third and scored on Joe Mauer's two-out single
Span left the game in the top of the seventh, an inning after injuring his right shoulder trying to catch Keppinger's double. The center fielder was taken for a precautionary X-ray.
Rays starter James Shields tied a season low with just two strikeouts, allowing two earned runs and five hits through seven innings.