Tamp Bay wastes three-run lead, lose to Twins 6-4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joel Peralta gave up a solo homer to Ryan Doumit in the eighth inning and a three-run drive to Josmil Pinto, and the Tampa Bay Rays stumbled again in the AL wild-card race with a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Tampa Bay, which had won its previous three games, wasted a 3-0 lead and dropped to 7-14 from Aug. 25 on. The Rays began the day tied with Texas for the two AL wild-card spots, 1 1-2 games ahead of Cleveland.
Minnesota had lost 11 in a row to the Rays.
Tampa Bay led 4-2 in the eighth, but Peralta (2-8) blew a save for the third time in four chances. After Doumit’s 13th home run of the season, Trevor Plouffe singled and Josh Willingham walked. Pinto then sent an 0-1 pitch into the Rays bullpen in center field, the rookie’s second career homer.
Casey Fien (5-2) earned the win after retiring pinch-hitter David DeJesus on a bases-loaded flyout that ended the eighth, and Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth for his 35th save in 39 chances.
Wil Myers and Sean Rodriguez homered for Tampa Bay, which hosts a four-game series against Texas starting Monday.
Rays starter David Price allowed two runs and six hit in 6 1-3 innings.
Myers put Tampa Bay ahead in the fourth with a two-run homer off Pedro Hernandez that reached the middle deck in center. Rodriguez homered leading off the fifth.
Chris Parmalee’s two-run single off Jake McGree in the seventh ended Minnesota’s season-high 25-inning scoreless streak. James Loney had an RBI single in the eighth.
NOTES: Twins All-Star C Joe Mauer (concussion) will not make the team’s upcoming trip to Chicago. ... The Rays are 12-4 at Target Field after going 17-31 at the Metrodome. ... Alex Cobb (8-3) starts for the Rays on Monday against former teammate Matt Garza (9-5). ... The Twins begin a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. Liam Hendriks (1-2) will start for Minnesota against Erik Johnson (0-2).