Twins rally past Rays

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Updated: September 15, 2013

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Josmil Pinto smacked a go-ahead three-run
homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 6-4
win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the finale of a three-game set.

James Loney’s one-out RBI single against Casey Fien (5-2) in the top of the
eighth gave the Rays a 4-2 lead, but Minnesota exploded for a quartet of two-
out runs in the home half against Joel Peralta (2-8).

Ryan Doumit’s two-out homer to right-center cut the deficit to 4-3 before
Trevor Plouffe singled and Josh Willingham walked. Pinto stepped up next and
drilled an 0-1 fastball into the Rays bullpen in left-center.

Glen Perkins tossed a scoreless ninth to notch his 35th save of the season.

Plouffe tallied three hits and Doumit scored twice for the Twins, who snapped
a four-game slide.

Wil Myers cracked a two-run shot and scored twice for Tampa Bay, which had its
three-game winning streak snapped. Rays starter David Price surrendered two
runs on six hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings in the no-decision.

Tampa Bay has a one game lead over the Cleveland Indians for the AL’s second
wild-card spot. The Tribe are currently playing the Chicago White Sox.

The Rays jumped out to a 3-0 lead after plating two runs in the fourth and
another in the fifth.

Myers crushed his no-doubt shot into left-center in the fourth, while Sean
Rodriguez’s solo blast in the fifth staked Tampa Bay its three-run cushion.

Chris Parmelee’s two-out, two-run single in the seventh got the Twins on the
board.

Game Notes

Minnesota was 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, while Tampa Bay
finished 1-for-5 with RISP … Myers’ homer was his 12th of the season …
Minnesota starter Pedro Hernandez allowed three runs on four hits and four
walks over five frames.