by Steve Carney
David Price pitched five strong innings, and RBIs from Yunel Escobar and David DeJesus were all Tampa Bay needed to end their three-game winless streak, as the Rays defeated the Minnesota Twins 7-1 Tuesday at Charlotte Sports Park.
Minnesota got on the scoreboard first, as Jason Kubel led off the top of the second inning with a solo homer to right-center, but the Rays countered in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double off the bat of Yunel Escobar and a run-scoring single by David DeJesus.
Tampa Bay added single runs in the bottom of the fifth after loading the bases with one out on a sacrifice fly by Wilson Betemit, and in the sixth on a groundout by Matt Joyce.
Jeremy Moore added his second home run of the spring in the seventh, a two-run blast the made the score 6-1.
Curt Casali capped the scoring in the eighth with an RBI double, scoring Brandon Guyer.
Price went the first five innings, allowing just the single run on three hits. He walked one and struck out eight.
Tampa Bay heads back to Dunedin Wednesday to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Nathan Karns will get the start, taking on Marcus Stroman, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05.