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Rays’ Evan Longoria continues hot streak as Rays win another

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Start with a little Longo. Then you add a large dose of LoMo.

And watch the Rays go.

Tampa Bay won its third straight game Sunday, beating the Minnesota Twins 7-5 to close out their four-game series. It was the third straight win for Tampa Bay and improved their record 25-30 on the season.

Evan Longoria continued his hot streak with two home runs and a run-scoring single. Sunday, he had three hits and three RBI. For the series, he was seven-for-16 with five home runs and eight RBI.

“Evan has been in every great thing the Rays have accomplished in their history,” said manager Kevin Cash. “He has been just unbelievable.”

Then there is Logan Morrison, one of the hottest hitters in the league. He, too, had two home runs and three RBI.

Steven Souza doubled in the ninth and came home on a sacrifice fly by Brad Miller on a 1-2 pitch.

Drew Smyly pitched only five innings and gave up four earned runs. But the Rays got the 15th straight save from Alex Colome. Xavier Cedeno got the win.

The Rays’ record for successful saves at the start of the season is 16. It was the third straight game Colome has saved without giving up a run. Opponents have hit only .140 against him.

The Rays now travel to Arizona where Chris Archer pitches for the Rays 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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