The Tampa Bay Rays (12-8) defeated the Minnesota Twins (11-9) 6-1 on Friday night at Tropicana Field. It is the third consecutive win for the Rays, who ended Minnesota's seven game winning streak.
The Rays got four runs in the first inning, including a three-run homer from Josh Lowe, to set the pace. It was Lowe's first major league home run. The Rays got one in the second and one in the third - on Mike Zunino's first homer of the season - to build a 6-0 lead before the Twins got their only run in the fourth inning.
Corey Kluber (1-1, 3.05) got his first win as a Ray by pitching six innings in which he allowed one earned run on one hit while striking out six and walking none. Javy Guerra and Phoenix Sanders each pitched scoreless innings out of the bullpen to secure the win.
The Rays and Twins meet in the second game of their three game series on Saturday afternoon. First pitch Saturday is scheduled for 4:10 PM - Neil Solondz begins pregame coverage at 3:30 PM on 95.3 WDAE & AM 620.
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