Twins shut out by Rays 3-0
MINNEAPOLIS (Sports Network) - Chris Archer combined with three Rays relievers on a five-hit shutout, as Tampa Bay took a 3-0 triumph over the Minnesota Twins on Friday in the opener of a three-game set at Target Field.
Archer (9-7), coming off consecutive rough outings, struck out seven and scattered three hits over six stellar frames before Jake McGee and Joel Peralta each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Fernando Rodney retired the Twins in order in the ninth to secure his 35th save of the season.
Yunel Escobar finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored for the Rays, who have won back-to-back games and hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Cleveland Indians for the final AL wild card spot.
Trevor Plouffe collected two of Minnesota's five hits, while starter Kevin Correia (9-12) was charged for all three runs on eight hits over six-plus innings for the Twins, who have lost three straight games.