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Rays finally break losing streak with victory over Minnesota

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It didn’t matter that the opponent is the worst team in the American League. It doesn’t matter that that win came late. It didn’t matter that the Tampa Bay Rays squeezed it out late.

What matters is that the Rays won.

Finally.

The Rays beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-2, to snap a five-game losing streak. The Rays had lost 10 of 12 games coming in, and had settled into last place in the AL West.

Tampa Bay got just enough to get past the Twins, however. They got an early home run from Evan Longoria and a late one from Logan Morrison to power the win.

Pitcher Jake Odorizzi went six innings and allowed only two runs.

The Rays broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning when Brad Miller’s two-out hit drove in Taylor Motter. In the ninth, Morrison’s home run drove in an insurance run.

“We’ve been starving for that kind of hit,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash.

“This gets the monkey off our backs,” said Odorizzi. “Hopefully, this gets us back in the winning mode.”

For Tampa Bay, Alex Colome went five innings – including a bases-loaded strikeout in the eighth – to get his 13th save.

The Rays play the third game of the four-game set today as Matt Andriese pitches.

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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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