MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 8 (UPI) -- Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist each cracked a seventh-inning homer Monday, sending the streaking Tampa Bay Rays over Minnesota 7-4.

With the score tied 3-3 in the seventh, Escobar led off the frame with a go-ahead solo shot against Twins starter Samuel Deduno.


Desmond Jennings followed with a triple, chasing Deduno, and Caleb Thielbar took the mound only to surrender a two-run blast to Zobrist.

Luke Scott also went deep for the Rays, who reeled off a fifth straight win and improved to 12-3 in their last 15 games.

Alex Torres (3-0) was credited with the decision with a scoreless seventh inning after Rays starter Roberto Hernandez had yielded three runs on eight hits over six frames.

Deduno (4-4) ended up allowing five runs on 10 hits over six innings for fading Minnesota, which fell for the eighth time in nine games.

Aaron Hicks went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and Justin Morneau homered as the Twins dropped the first of a four-game series.


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