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Pena powers Rays
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Rays 7, Twins 1
Carlos Pena follows his RBI triple in the first inning on Monday. (Jim Mone/AP)
After an RBI triple in the first, Carlos Pena crushed a two-run homer in the eighth, his Major League-leading ninth dinger, helping the Rays top the Twins. Jeff Niemann notched his second straight win.
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Series at a glance:
TB
Tampa Bay (8-12)
Won 1
Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 1   MIN
Minnesota (9-11)
Lost 2
April 27, 2009
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Tampa Bay
2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1   7 9 0
Minnesota
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 5 0
Standings thru 4/27/09  |  Recap: TB | MIN  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Twins stats
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Upton, B, CF 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 .160
Crawford, C, LF 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .284
Longoria, 3B 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 .371
Pena, C, 1B 4 2 2 3 0 1 2 .257
Burrell, DH 4 0 1 1 0 2 0 .238
Gross, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .188
Navarro, D, C 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .188
Iwamura, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .284
Bartlett, SS 4 2 2 2 0 1 0 .371
Totals 35 7 9 7 2 8 5  

BATTING
2B: Longoria (9, Baker, S).
3B: Pena, C (1, Baker, S).
HR: Pena, C (9, 8th inning off Dickey, 1 on, 1 out), Bartlett (3, 9th inning off Morillo, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Bartlett 5; Longoria 3; Upton, B; Burrell; Pena, C 7; Navarro, D.
RBI: Pena, C 3 (24), Burrell (8), Bartlett 2 (7), Longoria (17).
2-out RBI: Pena, C; Burrell; Longoria; Bartlett.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pena, C.
Team RISP: 5-for-7.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
PO: Upton, B (1st base by Dickey).

FIELDING
DP: (Iwamura-Bartlett).

 
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .306
Casilla, A, 2B 2 0 0 0 2 1 2 .180
Morneau, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 .304
Kubel, DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .309
Crede, 3B 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .207
Cuddyer, RF 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .208
Young, D, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .255
Morales, J, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .361
Punto, SS 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .236
Totals 31 1 5 1 4 9 17  

BATTING
HR: Crede (3, 6th inning off Niemann, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Morales, J; Span; Young, D; Crede 4; Punto.
RBI: Crede (6).
2-out RBI: Crede.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Crede; Kubel 2; Young, D; Morneau.
Team RISP: 0-for-9.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Span 2 (5, 2nd base off Niemann/Navarro, D, 3rd base off Niemann/Navarro, D), Casilla, A (2, 2nd base off Niemann/Navarro, D), Cuddyer (2, 2nd base off Balfour/Navarro, D).

FIELDING
PB: Morales, J 2 (4).
Pickoffs: Dickey (Upton, B at 1st base).

 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Niemann (W, 2-2) 5.2 3 1 1 4 4 1 4.43
Balfour (H, 2) 0.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 7.50
Nelson, J (H, 3) 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.00
Wheeler, D 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 8.59
Howell 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.16
 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Baker, S (L, 0-3) 6.0 6 4 4 1 7 0 9.82
Dickey 2.0 2 2 2 1 1 1 5.73
Morillo 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 22.50

Balfour pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.

WP: Baker, S.
HBP: Morneau (by Niemann).
Pitches-strikes: Niemann 94-50, Balfour 16-12, Nelson, J 20-17, Wheeler, D 9-6, Howell 12-8, Baker, S 99-65, Dickey 35-19, Morillo 12-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Niemann 1-9, Balfour 0-0, Nelson, J 0-1, Wheeler, D 1-0, Howell 0-0, Baker, S 3-5, Dickey 1-3, Morillo 0-2.
Batters faced: Niemann 24, Balfour 3, Nelson, J 4, Wheeler, D 2, Howell 3, Baker, S 25, Dickey 8, Morillo 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Balfour 1-0, Nelson, J 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Gary Darling. 1B: Bill Hohn. 2B: Bruce Dreckman. 3B: Paul Emmel.
Weather: 69 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:53.
Att: 17,988.
Venue: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
April 27, 2009
April 27, 2009

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