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    MLB roundup: Rays outlast Twins

    The Rays’ Ben Zobrist celebrates with Sean Rodriguez after driving in the winning run against the Twins.
    The Rays’ Ben Zobrist celebrates with Sean Rodriguez after driving in the winning run against the Twins.

    Ben Zobrist hit an RBI single with two outs in the 13th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays won their season-best seventh straight, beating the Minnesota Twins, 4-3, Wednesday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Zobrist lined a 1-2 pitch from Ryan Pressly into the gap in right-center field, ending a 4-hour, 47-minute game that featured 35 strikeouts — 19 for Rays pitchers.

    Tampa Bay climbed to a season-best 12 games over .500. The Rays also improved to 9-1 during a stretch of 14 consecutive games against the Twins, Chicago White Sox, and Houston Astros — teams with the three worst records in the American League.


    Minnesota has lost 10 of 11, including four straight.

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    Cesar Ramos got two outs, escaping a jam with runners at first and third in the 13th to get the win.

    Yunel Escobar singled with one out in the 13th and took second with two outs on Pressly’s errant pickoff throw. After Luke Scott walked, Zobrist singled.

    Yankees 8, Royals 1 — Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer, Lyle Overbay added a grand slam, and host New York snapped out of its offensive funk by hammering Kansas City.

    Ivan Nova delivered another impressive pitching performance and the Yankees, held to one run each of the previous three days, stopped a three-game slide. They watched two more players get banged up, though, when slumping Travis Hafner and speedy Brett Gardner left with injuries.


    Hafner came out with a bruised left foot, while Gardner departed with a bruised right leg after getting hit by a pitch for the second time. The team said X-rays on both were negative and they were day to day.

    Orioles 6, Rangers 1 — Wei-Yin Chen returned from the disabled list to pitch seven innings of three-hit ball, and host Baltimore got a three-run homer from Nolan Reimold in a victory over Texas.

    Adrian Beltre extended his hitting streak to 12 games and drove in a run for the Rangers, whose four-game road winning streak ended.

    Nationals 5, Phillies 1 — Gio Gonzalez tossed seven sharp innings, Washington hit a pair of consecutive homers off Cliff Lee to defeat host Philadelphia.

    Lee had allowed nine homers in his first 135 innings this year before yielding four in a span of eight batters.


    Marlins 6, Braves 2 — Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run double to end a 10-game RBI drought, and host Miami broke a five-game losing streak by beating Atlanta.

    Stanton had been in a 3-for-26 slump before he put the Marlins ahead in their four-run first inning against Paul Maholm.

    Reds 6, Brewers 2 — Mike Leake scattered four hits over 8 innings and Brandon Phillips had three RBIs to help visiting Cincinnati top Milwaukee and snap a three-game losing streak.

    Blue Jays 5, Indians 4 — Munenori Kawasaki hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and visiting Toronto edged Cleveland.

    Tigers 8, White Sox 5 — Prince Fielder homered, Rick Porcello pitched six solid innings, and host Detroit held off Chicago.

    Angels 13, Cubs 2 — Josh Hamilton hit two home runs, Albert Pujols also connected, and visiting Los Angeles went deep a season-high five times in a rout of Chicago.

    Rockies 5, Padres 4 — Charlie Blackmon’s triple to right in the eighth inning brought in Corey Dickerson with the winning run in Colorado’s victory in San Diego.