Rays’ Offense Stifled By Twins, Look For Series Split Sunday

The Tampa Bay Rays offense, without Yandy Diaz, Tommy Pham, or Avisail Garcia was held in check by the Minnesota Twins in a 6-2 loss.

Kyle Gibson (6-2, 3.75 ERA) picks up the win for Minnesota Twins who improve to 39-18 on the season. Gibson worked the games first five innings allowing one unearned run on six hits while striking out three and walking one.

Yonny Chirinos (6-2, 3.25 ERA) takes the loss for Tampa Bay who fall to 35-21 on the season. Chrinos worked 5.1-innings and allowed four earned runs on nine hits while striking out seven and walking one. Chirinos also allowed a homer to Marwin Gonzalez in the fifth inning, it was his sixth of the year.

Hunter Wood relieved Chirinos and gave up a sixth inning homer to Byron Buxton, his sixth of the season. He remained in the game but left after the first two Twins reached base in the eighth.

Oliver Drake came in and struck out Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco and got Marwin Gonzalez to ground to first to end the inning.

Christian Arroyo hit his first homer of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Jose Alvarado worked the ninth inning and gave up a leadoff single but retired the next three hitters, including two by strikeout to end the inning.

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Minnesota and Tampa Bay will finish their four game series Sunday afternoon at 1:10. The Rays will go with (unofficial) Ryan Yarbrough (4-1, 5.53 ERA) while the Twins counter with Jake Odorizzi (7-2, 2.16 ERA).

The Rays are 12-3-3 in series this season and look to even this one up Sunday. They are 6-2-1 at Tropicana Field.

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