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Rays 5, Twins 3
Evan Longoria greets Carl Crawford after Crawford's solo homer against the Twins. (Steve Nesius/AP)
Backed by a brilliant start from James Shields, the Rays snapped a five-game skid and took the first contest from the Twins. Evan Longoria's three-run shot to center in the sixth put Tampa Bay ahead for good, and the Rays escaped an eighth-inning Twins rally.
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Series at a glance:
MIN
Minnesota (24-26)
Lost 2
Tampa Bay 5, Minnesota 3   TB
Tampa Bay (24-27)
Won 1
May 29, 2009
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Minnesota
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0   3 8 0
Tampa Bay
0 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 X   5 10 1
Standings thru 5/29/09  |  Recap: MIN | TB  |  Gameday  |  Twins stats  |  Rays stats
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, LF 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 .303
Mauer, C 5 1 3 0 0 1 1 .417
Morneau, 1B 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 .346
Kubel, DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .323
Cuddyer, RF 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 .283
Crede, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .241
Harris, B, SS 4 0 1 0 0 3 2 .274
Tolbert, 2B 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .194
Gomez, C, CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .217
  a-Buscher, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .183
Totals 35 3 8 2 2 9 15  

a-Walked for Gomez, C in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Harris, B (6, Shields), Mauer (6, Shields), Morneau (15, Howell).
3B: Mauer (1, Shields).
HR: Cuddyer (9, 6th inning off Shields, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Cuddyer 4; Harris, B 2; Crede; Morneau 3; Mauer 6.
RBI: Cuddyer (33), Morneau (45).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cuddyer; Gomez, C 2; Kubel; Harris, B.
SAC: Tolbert.
Team RISP: 1-for-11.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
DP: (Mauer-Harris, B).

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Upton, B, CF 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .199
Crawford, C, LF 4 3 2 1 0 0 1 .320
Longoria, 3B 4 1 3 3 0 0 0 .333
Pena, C, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .233
Aybar, W, DH 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 .283
Zobrist, 2B 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .305
Gross, RF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .256
  a-Kapler, PH-RF 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .186
Navarro, D, C 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .211
Brignac, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Totals 32 5 10 5 2 5 9  

a-Batted for Gross in the 6th.

BATTING
2B: Zobrist (13, Baker, S), Aybar, W (6, Mijares).
HR: Crawford, C (2, 3rd inning off Baker, S, 0 on, 2 out), Longoria (13, 6th inning off Baker, S, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Gross; Longoria 6; Upton, B 2; Crawford, C 5; Zobrist 2; Aybar, W 2.
RBI: Crawford, C (23), Longoria 3 (54), Aybar, W (13).
2-out RBI: Crawford, C; Aybar, W.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kapler 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-4.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Zobrist (2, 3rd base by Henn/Mauer), Kapler (1, 2nd base by Crain/Mauer).

FIELDING
E: Longoria (5, throw).

 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Baker, S (L, 2-6) 5.2 7 4 4 0 4 2 6.32
Henn 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.86
Crain 1.1 2 1 1 1 1 0 7.36
Mijares 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2.30
Guerrier 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.70
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Shields (W, 4-4) 7.0 7 2 2 1 5 1 3.53
Howell (H, 4) 1.0 1 1 0 0 2 0 2.52
Wheeler, D (H, 7) 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.67
Choate (S, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.86

Shields pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

IBB: Zobrist (by Mijares).
Pitches-strikes: Baker, S 96-62, Henn 4-2, Crain 29-15, Mijares 15-5, Guerrier 5-3, Shields 99-68, Howell 24-16, Wheeler, D 13-7, Choate 4-3.
Groundouts-flyouts: Baker, S 1-5, Henn 0-0, Crain 2-0, Mijares 1-0, Guerrier 0-0, Shields 9-5, Howell 1-1, Wheeler, D 0-1, Choate 0-0.
Batters faced: Baker, S 24, Henn 0, Crain 6, Mijares 3, Guerrier 1, Shields 29, Howell 5, Wheeler, D 3, Choate 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Henn 1-0, Mijares 2-1, Guerrier 3-0, Howell 1-1, Choate 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Dale Scott. 1B: Jerry Meals. 2B: James Hoye. 3B: Mike DiMuro.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:03.
Att: 19,358.
Venue: Tropicana Field.
May 29, 2009
May 29, 2009

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