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Home runs power Tampa Bay Rays to second straight victory

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Don’t look now, but the Tampa Bay Rays have themselves a bit of a winning streak.

Following five straight losses, and 11 in 13 games, the Rays won their second straight game over the Minnesota Twins Saturday afternoon. Tampa Bay won, 7-4, behind four home runs.

Steven Souza Jr. hit his 10th, a three-run blast. Evan Longoria hit his third in three games, the first time he has done that since 2013. Hank Conger and Logan Morrison also homered.

Pitcher Matt Andriese ran his record to 4-0 win the win, allowing two earned runs over four innings. Alex Colome picked up his 14th save, getting only one out.

Conger and Morrison finished the night with two hits.

Drew Smyly pitches against Tyler Duffey in the last of the fourgame series tonight.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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