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Dingers not enough
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Twins 11, Rays 8
Evan Longoria celebrates after his second homer on Thursday night.  (Mike Carlson/AP)
Evan Longoria became the second player in franchise history to hit three homers in one game, and the Rays hit five total to take a lead into the final frame. But with the recovering Troy Percival pitching the eighth, Dan Wheeler faltered as closer by giving up four runs in the ninth.
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Series at a glance:
MIN
Minnesota (83-70)
Won 1
Minnesota 11, Tampa Bay 8   TB
Tampa Bay (90-61)
Lost 1
September 18, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Minnesota
3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 5   11 15 1
Tampa Bay
5 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0   8 9 1
Standings thru 9/18/08  |  Recap: MIN | TB  |  Gameday  |  Twins stats  |  Rays stats
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, RF-CF 4 3 2 0 1 1 1 .298
Casilla, A, 2B 3 2 2 2 0 0 0 .294
Mauer, C 4 2 3 3 1 0 0 .327
Morneau, 1B 4 1 1 0 1 1 4 .311
Kubel, DH 4 1 1 3 0 2 3 .275
  b-Everett, PH-DH 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 .210
Young, D, LF 5 0 2 1 0 1 1 .289
Tolbert, 3B 4 0 0 1 0 1 2 .275
Punto, SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 2 .288
Gomez, C, CF 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 .256
  a-Cuddyer, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .251
  Pridie, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 38 11 15 11 3 6 14  

a-Flied out for Gomez, C in the 8th. b-Doubled for Kubel in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Young, D (27, Shields), Mauer (29, Wheeler, D), Everett (6, Miller, T).
HR: Kubel (18, 1st inning off Shields, 2 on, 2 out), Casilla, A (7, 9th inning off Wheeler, D, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Span 2; Young, D 3; Punto; Gomez, C 2; Kubel 4; Everett 2; Morneau; Casilla, A 5; Mauer 4.
RBI: Kubel 3 (75), Mauer 3 (78), Casilla, A 2 (47), Everett (19), Young, D (65), Tolbert (6).
2-out RBI: Kubel 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Punto 2; Cuddyer.
SAC: Casilla, A 2.
SF: Tolbert.
Team RISP: 5-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Punto (12, 2nd base off Percival/Navarro, D).
CS: Young, D (5, 2nd base by Bradford/Navarro, D).

FIELDING
E: Tolbert (6, throw).
DP: (Casilla, A-Punto-Morneau).

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Iwamura, 2B 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 .275
Bartlett, SS 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .280
  a-Aybar, W, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .262
Pena, C, 1B 4 1 1 1 1 0 3 .246
Longoria, 3B 5 3 3 4 0 0 1 .281
Baldelli, DH 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .262
Navarro, D, C 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 .290
Zobrist, LF 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .227
Gross, RF 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 .248
Perez, F, CF 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .237
Totals 36 8 9 8 3 3 7  

a-Struck out for Bartlett in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Zobrist (9, Perkins), Gross (16, Perkins).
HR: Longoria 3 (25, 1st inning off Perkins, 1 on, 2 out; 4th inning off Humber, 0 on, 2 out; 7th inning off Korecky, 0 on, 0 out), Navarro, D (7, 1st inning off Perkins, 1 on, 2 out), Pena, C (30, 4th inning off Humber, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Bartlett 2; Gross 2; Longoria 12; Pena, C 4; Zobrist 2; Navarro, D 4.
RBI: Longoria 4 (78), Navarro, D 2 (49), Gross (39), Pena, C (92).
2-out RBI: Longoria 3; Navarro, D 2; Gross; Pena, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Perez, F 2.
GIDP: Pena, C.
Team RISP: 3-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
E: Bartlett (15, throw).

 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Perkins 0.2 5 5 2 1 0 2 4.50
Humber 5.1 3 2 2 2 1 2 3.72
Korecky 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 5.52
Guardado (W, 4-4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.20
Nathan (S, 37) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.44
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Shields 6.1 8 6 5 2 3 1 3.61
Price (H, 1) 0.2 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.00
Percival (H, 4) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.89
Wheeler, D (BS, 5)(L, 5-6) 0.0 3 4 4 1 0 1 3.25
Miller, T 0.0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4.62
Bradford 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.08

Wheeler, D pitched to 4 batters in the 9th.
Miller, T pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

IBB: Morneau (by Wheeler, D).
HBP: Gross (by Humber).
Pitches-strikes: Perkins 36-19, Humber 78-47, Korecky 17-8, Guardado 18-11, Nathan 7-6, Shields 90-55, Price 14-9, Percival 26-16, Wheeler, D 15-7, Miller, T 4-2, Bradford 12-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Perkins 2-0, Humber 7-5, Korecky 1-2, Guardado 0-1, Nathan 2-0, Shields 7-5, Price 0-0, Percival 0-2, Wheeler, D 0-0, Miller, T 0-0, Bradford 0-1.
Batters faced: Perkins 8, Humber 22, Korecky 4, Guardado 3, Nathan 3, Shields 29, Price 3, Percival 4, Wheeler, D 4, Miller, T 1, Bradford 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Humber 1-0, Price 2-2, Miller, T 2-1, Bradford 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Larry Vanover. 1B: Mike Everitt. 2B: Mike DiMuro. 3B: Gerry Davis.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:20.
Att: 17,296.
Venue: Tropicana Field.
September 18, 2008
September 18, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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