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Twins club Tampa Bay as the Rays return home for wild-card race

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The Tampa Bay Rays tried to stay in the AL wild-card race Tuesday night when they returned home to Tropicana Field.

It didn’t go so well.

The Rays were trounced, 11-7, by the Minnesota Twins, giving up a three-run, a two-run and a solo homer along the way. Minnesota scored 10 times in the first five innings and ran away with the game.

The Rays fell 3 ½ games back in their chase for the second AL wild card, and two games behind the Twins.

Nathan Karns started for the Rays and gave up three runs in the first and two more in the third. Matt Andriese also gave up five runs in three innings of pitching. The Rays had led the majors with 80 games in which their starting pitching had allowed two runs or fewer.

The Rays had 13 hits, but they left 12 men on base and struck out 11 times in the game. Kevin Kiermaier had three hits and stole two bases for the Rays.

Chris Archer starts for the Rays tonight against the Twins’ Tyler Duffey.

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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