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MLB: Tampa Bay 3, Minnesota 0

Sept. 14, 2013 at 12:06 AM

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Chris Archer combined with three relievers on a five-hit shutout Friday that lifted Tampa Bay to a 3-0 win over Minnesota.

The Rays stayed out front in the race for the American League's second wild card spot. They own a 1 1/2-game advantage over both Cleveland and Baltimore and a two-game lead over the New York Yankees.

Archer (9-7) struck out seven and gave up three hits without a walk in six innings.

Jake McGee, Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney each worked an inning of relief with Rodney turning in a perfect ninth for his 35th save.

Desmond Jennings put the Rays in front with an RBI single in the second, a base hit by James Loney brought home another run in the third and Tampa Bay tacked on a score in the seventh when Yunel Escobar doubled home Jose Molina.

Kevin Correia (9-12) gave up all three runs on eight hits in six-plus innings to absorb the loss.

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