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Late Home Run in 8th Inning Helps Twins Avoid Sweep

Late Home Run in 8th Inning Helps Twins Avoid Sweep

(AP) — Joel Peralta gave up a solo homer to Josmil Pinto in the eighth inning and a three-run drive to Ryan Doumit, and the Tampa Bay Rays stumbled again in the AL wild-card race with a6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

Tampa Bay, which had won its previous three games, wasted a 3-0 lead and dropped to 7-14 from Aug. 25 on. The Rays began the day tied with Texas for the two AL wild-card spots, 11-2 games ahead of Cleveland.

Minnesota had lost 11 in a row to the Rays.

Tampa Bay led 4-2 in the eighth, but Peralta (2-8) blew a save for the third time in four chances. After Doumit's 13th home run of the season, Trevor Plouffe singled and Josh Willingham walked. Pinto then sent an 0-1 pitch into the Rays bullpen in center field, the rookie's second career homer.


 

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