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Chris Archer combined with three relievers to throw a five-hit shutout of the Twins Friday.
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
Chris Archer threw the first six innings of a five-hit shutout, and Tampa Bay got a pair of two-out RBIs from James Loney and Desmond Jennings to help defeat the Minnesota Twins in the opener of their three-game series 3-0 Friday.
The Rays opened the scoring in the top of the second inning, as Wil Myers doubled with two away and scored as Jennings singled back through the box.
Tampa Bay added a second run an inning later, as Yunel Escobar started the frame with a double and moved to third on a fly out by David DeJesus. Ben Zobrist then struck out for the second inning, but Loney picked up his teammate with a sharp single to right to make it 2-0.
Back-to-back doubles by Jose Molina and Escobar leading off the seventh set the scoring at 3-0.
Archer (9-7) allowed just three hit and walked nobody in his six innings. Jake McGee and Joel Peralta each allowed a hit in their respective inning of relief, while Fernando Rodney tossed a perfect ninth inning for his 35th ssve.
Tampa Bay will look to extend their winning streak to three straight in the middle game of the series Saturday, as Matt Moore (15-3, 3.18 ERA) will take on Andrew Albers (2-2, 3.35 ERA). Pregame coverage starts at 5:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10.