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Rays make it 6 straight, beat Twins 7-3 in 10 innings



   The Rays extended their winning streak to a season-high matching six games with a 7-3 10-inning win over the Twins Sunday.
     Desmond Jennings scored the go-ahead run on a one-out bases-loaded ground out by Jeff Keppinger, Twins shortstop Brian Dozier passing on the chance to try for an inning-ending double play.
   The Rays had loaded the bases when Jennings led off with a single and stole second, then B.J. Upton walked, Ben Zobrist bunted the runners up and Evan Longoria was walked intentionally. They reloaded the bases when Carlos Pena was hit by a pitch, and Ryan Roberts singled in two more runs. Matt Joyce doubled in the last run.
   Kyle Farnsworth got the win in relief and Fernando Rodney his major-league leading 36th save. 
    The Rays have swept back to back series - against the Jays and Twins - for the first time since April 2010.
  The Rays didn't play a particularly good game, making three errors, for the first time since July 20.
   James Shields wasn't as sharp as he had been in his previous two starts, allowing three runs (two earned) while working seven innings, walking one and striking out only two.
   The Rays struck first, homering in the first inning for the third straight game as Jennings delivered his third leadoff homer of the season. They built the lead to 2-0 when Keppinger homered to lead off the second, but the Twins tied it when Josh Willingham reached on an error by Keppinger - the Rays first since July 30, ending a team-record tying streak of 10 error-less games - and Justin Morneau homered.
   The Twins took a 3-2 lead in the third when Tampa product Denard Span doubled, went to third on a bunt and scored on a Joe Mauer single.
   The Rays tied it in the fifth when Roberts and Sean Rodriguez led off with back-to-back doubles, and it stayed even for a while.    
     The Rays continue their 10-game, three-city cross-country road trip on Monday night in Seattle with Alex Cobb on the mound against Mariners RHP Blake Beavan.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:40am]


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