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Tampa Bay Rays plummet even further in loss to Minnesota Twins

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If you were wondering just how bad this losing streak will get for the Tampa Bay Rays, Thursday night might have provided a few clues.

The Rays fell, 6-4, to the lowly Minnesota Twins, a loss that was the team’s fifth straight and its 11th in 13 games. The Rays fell eight games under .500.

Yeah, that was the same Twins who hav the worst record in the American League, the worst era and the fewest runs scored.

Still, the Twins got to Rays’ starter Matt Moore for four earned runs and eight hits in five innings of work. For the night, they had 15 hits against Tampa Bay, which has given up double-digit hits every game of the road trip.

“I don’t know what to say,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said. “We’re going to continue to try to battle. We’re in a tough spot.”

Every player in the Twins lineup got a hit. Byung Ho Park had three of them, while Eduardo Nunez had two including an inside-the-park home run. Robbie Grossman, Max Kepler and Kurt Suzuki also had two hits.

For the Rays, Evan Longoria drove in three runs and had two hits. Brad Miller and Curt Casali also had two hits.

The Rays turn to Jake Odorizzi to stop the losing streak 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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