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Luke Scott races home behind Desmond Jennings in the fourth inning to give Tampa Bay their first two runs of the evening. The Rays defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-1.
by Steve Carney
Chris Archer allowed just a single unearned run over six innings, and Matt Joyce and Kelly Johnson each drove in a pair as the Tampa Bay Rays won their sixth straight game Tuesday 4-1 over the Minnesota Twins.
Archer and Kyle Gibson traded zeros on the scoreboard until the fourth inning, when Desmond Jennings and Luke Scott each drew walks to start the frame. Ben Zobrist flew out to centerfield, and Evan Longoria struck out for the first two outs, but following a wild pitch, James Loney walked to load the bases, and Joyce came through with a two-run single to open the scoring. Johnson followed with a double into the gap in left-center, bringing in both Loney and Joyce for a 4-0 lead.
The game remained 4-0 until the sixth, when Archer hit Brian Dozier. Two batters later, a throwing error on a pickoff throw by Archer moved Dozier to third base, and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Doumit.
Archer would exit after the sixth, giving up a total of just three hits and the one run to earn his third win.
Alex Torres and Jake McGee would have strong frames of relief. Fernando Rodney allowed the first two men to reach, but would finish out the inning for his 21st save.
Tampa Bay can extend their win streak to a season-high seven games Wednesday night, when Jeremy Hellickson (8-3, 4.67 ERA) takes on Kevin Correia (6-6, 4.19 ERA). First pitch is scheduledc for 7:10, with coverage on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyjndai Dealers Inside Pitch.