Tampa Bay took the rubber game of this three game series Sunday at Tropicana Field. The Rays defeated the Twins 6-2 in front of a 26,000 plus crowd. In the midst of Phil Humber's perfect game yesterday, Jeff Niemann took a no hitter further than any Rays' pitcher has this year. However, it only 4.2 innings before it was broken up. Niemann was dominant on Sunday only letting up two runs when he left them on in the sixith inning prior to leaving the game up to Jake McGee and Wade Davis. Niemann picked up his first win of the season on Sunday. His pitching line was 5.1 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 5 strike outs. He was followed up by 4 relievers who went 3.2 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, and 5 strike outs. The Rays bullpen held the Twins to nothing, doing their job well out of the pen.
Offensively the Rays did not have a hit in the second inning but managed to score 2 runs on sacrifice flies by Desmond Jennings and Ben Zobrist. B.J. Upton had his own sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to make it 3-0. Jennings broke it open in the fifth with a two-run home run his second of the season. Francisco Liriano would have another bad start for the Twins. He became the first Twins pitcher to start his first four game with letting up more than 5 runs in less than 5 innings.
- Evan Longoria 2-3
- Desmond Jennings 1-3, HR, 3 RBI
- B.J. Upton 0-2, 2 RBI
- Sean Rodriguez 1-2, 2 runs
Rays news and notes:
- The Rays have a off day Monday. They will start a three game series with the Angles on Tuesday night at 7. David Price will square off against Ervin Stantana at the Trop.
- Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes that the Rays may be seeking catching help.