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MLB: Tampa Bay 12, Minnesota 6

Aug. 11, 2012 at 1:18 AM   |   Comments

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Matt Joyce homered and drove in four runs to pace a 13-hit attack Friday, powering the Tampa Bay Rays past Minnesota 12-6.

Joyce put the Rays ahead to stay with a two-run shot in the first inning and added a two-run double in the next frame, highlighting a six-run Tampa Bay uprising that put the contest away.

Jose Molina knocked in three runs, and Desmond Jennings went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored as Tampa Bay took the opener of a three-game series.

Jeremy Hellickson (7-7) registered the victory, holding the Twins to three runs on seven hits through five frames in the Rays' fourth straight triumph.

Minnesota starter Cole De Vries (2-3) lasted just 1 1/3 innings after getting lit up for eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits.

Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Ryan Doumit socked a solo homer for the Twins.

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