David Price threw eight shutout innings, and Sean Rodriguez and Jose Molina provided all the offense the Tampa Bay Rays would get, as they defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Saturday night in Minneapolis.
After a first inning that ended in a double play, Tampa Bay started the second with base hits off Phil Hughes by James Loney and Logan Forsythe. Yunel Escobar then grounded into the Rays' second double play in as many innings, though Loney would take third. Molina then picked his teammate up with a base hit, plating Loney to open the scoring.
Rodriguez then followed with a blast into the second deck in left for a 3-0 lead.
The Rays added to their lead in the seventh, as Forsythe started with a walk and moved to third on a base hit by Escobar. Molina then grounded to Brian Dozier at second base, but the Minnesota second baseman dropped the baseball, and could only get the out at first as Forsythe scored to make it 4-0. Rodriguez then singled in Escobar to extend the advantage to 5-0.
Meanwhile, after a 23-pitch first inning, Price had very little problem with Minnesota's lineup. In his eight innings of work, he allowed just four hits and didn't walk a man while striking out nine.
The Twins would only get on the scoreboard in the ninth, as Brian Dozier was hit by a Juan Carlos Oviedo pitch, took second on defensive indifference, and after a one-out walk to Kendrys Morales, scored on a base hit by Kurt Suzuki.
Maddon was then forced to bring in Jake McGee, who got Chris Colabello to fly out, and Chris Parmalee to out to earn his eighth save.
Tampa Bay can complete the three-game sweep Sunday, when Chris Archer (5-5, 3.41 ERA) takes on Kevin Correia (5-11, 4.61 ERA). First pitch is set for 2:10, with coverage on WDAE starting at noon with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.